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Cheese Grits are a staple at any southern table. Cheese grits can be served alongside crispy bacon for breakfast or fried catfish for dinner. This southern cheese grits recipe is quick, simple, and delicious.

True southern cheese grits are made with sharp cheddar cheese.

I was born and raised in Georgia. Just like our macaroni and cheese, around these parts we prefer our cheese on the sharper side.

When it comes to grits the only way I know how to eat them is with lots of cheese.

But, visit a restaurant here in the south, most of the time they will cut corners to save their budget. Often serving grits with a slice of American Cheese (yes, really) or a few sprinkles of mild cheddar.

Cheese lovers, ya’ll know that neither one of these cheeses will do when it comes to a divine bowl of southern cheese grits.

So I’m sharing with you my secret to making the best southern cheese grits right in your own kitchen. Not only is this recipe easy and delicious but it also takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish.

The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia
The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia
The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia

Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia
Cheese Grits are a staple at any southern table. Whether they be served alongside crispy bacon for breakfast or fried catfish for dinner, this southern cheese grits recipe is quick, simple, and delicious.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup instant quick cooking grits
  • 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • In a saucepan, add butter, water, milk, and salt.
  • Heat wet ingredients on high until it just begins to boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually stir in instant quick cooking grits.
  • Stir occasionally as grits cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Once grits have thickened, reduce heat to low then add cheese and pepper.
  • Continue stirring until cheese is completely melted.
  • Divide into 4 servings. Top with extra cheese if desired. Serve warm.


Can’t find grits in your grocery store? These stone ground white grits would be perfect to use in this recipe. 
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The Best Southern Cheese Grits in Georgia
The Best Southern Cheese Grits in Georgia

There is just something about a big bowl of warm, ooey-gooey cheese grits. It definitely will warm your soul. Perfect for cold mornings or just for a little bit of southern comfort food when you need it most.

This recipe is a huge hit with my family. So much so that we always have grits stocked in the cupboard. You never know when that cheesy craving will strike.

How do you like to eat your grits? Sweet or Savory?

I would love for you to give this recipe a try. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comment section below.

You can serve alongside your favorite breakfast dishes, compliment a seafood feast, or indulge in a bowl all on its own.

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Heather began blogging in 2004 providing a glimpse into her domestic life. Over the years her writing topics have changed but one thing has remained the same, her love for preparing homemade, southern-style recipes for her family. When not dealing with household chores or cooking delicious recipes, she can be found homeschooling her two high school boys.


  1. I was JUST introduced to grits when I moved to Arkansas from Canada! I didn’t have cheese with the bowl of grits I tried, but after seeing this, I think I missed out! Do you think this would work with skim milk? I’m lactose intolerant and whole milk sometimes does not sit well!

    • Robert Morrrow Reply

      instead of milk, I use chicken broth made with better than bullion paste or if I have it my own chicken broth. Even people that never liked grits before like mine. One can use other types of broth if desired. Grits one cooked with flavoring of broth or stock are great with a over easy or poached egg on top.

      • Robert, what a fantastic idea! I’ve never heard of anyone using broth to make grits before but I can imagine it would be a wonderful way to add additional flavor. I will have to try that out. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Love this!

  2. I love grits, especially cheesy one. I am going to try your recipes for sure; thanks for passing it on.

  3. Neely Moldovan Reply

    So I have never had grits! Crazy right? I have lived in the south my entire life. Clearly I am missing out!

  4. I made cheese grits for the first time recently and was instantly hooked! I definitely like cheese on the sharper side as well

  5. This is actually sounding really comforting right now. We’ve had some really rainy days lately so this would really hit the spot.

  6. I have a confession – I have never had grits? I do love how tasty this best southern cheese grits recipe looks though so I am thinking I need to whip this up!

  7. Yum this looks and sounds delicious! I’ve never had cheese grits before and I’ll be honest not exactly sure what it was before this. Looks goooood!

  8. I love grits but don’t have the courage to make it. This looks so easy and yummy. Any tips to avoid lumps or burning the bottom?

    • To avoid lumps: after the liquid comes to a boil, constantly stir as you are pouring in the grits. If you dump the grits in all at once you risk them clumping together. Also, stirring regularly while they cook will also prevent clumping.
      To prevent burning the bottom: stirring the grits while they cook will also prevent burning. Also, these grits cook very quickly. Once you add them to the liquid the heat should be turned down immediately. Do not walk away during the cooking time, stay with it and stir often.

  9. I love grits. I eat them plain. I also just use water and when the grits thicken I add bacon grease. The best grits ever!

    • Oh yes, Jordan! Grits for breakfast is a great way to start the day. Grits with butter reminds me of those mornings spent at Waffle House. But if you are a fan of macaroni and cheese or looking to just try something different, I would suggest trying cheese in your grits next time. Cheese, in my opinion, makes everything better.

  10. Jean Shirley Reply

    A fabulous lunch or dinner when you want a special treat. Chop vine ripened tomatoes up on top of your cheese grits. Thanks Paula N. from when you were just a “youngin”! Jean

  11. Mary McDaniels Reply

    Wonderful! These grits were a big hit with my family. I like garlicky cheese grits so I added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the liquid. It was just enough.

  12. Love grits I grew up eating them for breakfast, as a cereal, looking for ways to season them for incorporation to other meals…….got any IDEAS……SOUTHERN LADY

  13. Amber Myers Reply

    I am drooling. This looks amazing. I am a fan of anything with cheese!

  14. I’ve never actually tried grits before. I’ve always wondered what they taste like. I may need to finally try them with this recipe.

  15. Gervin Khan Reply

    First of all, this dish is so enticing and tempting. Second, this looks absolutely delicious and yummy! I love the cheesiness of this dish. Loved it!

  16. I haven’t had grits in a long time bc I didn’t care for the texture. It may have also been because they cut corners in restaurants so it’s more bland tasting. I’ll have to give these cheese grits a try. They look delicious.

  17. Melissa Cushing Reply

    I just bought a container of grits and a so making this! I want to learn to make Shrimp and Grits and this recipe may be perfect!

  18. Shelley King Reply

    When my niece was little this is all she would eat for breakfast and sometimes lunch! I never was a huge fan of grits but I do like them like this!

  19. Richelle Milar Reply

    I have never tried grits before. I think it’s time for me to try it now! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty!

  20. I just made this and it’s SO good! I don’t usually like grits but this was delicious!

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