The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe

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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.

The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia

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 if you are to visit a restaurant here in the south most of the time they will cut corners to save their budget and serve grits with a slice of American Cheese (yes, really) or a few sprinkles of mild cheddar. For a cheese lover you 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 only about 15 minutes to prepare from start to finish.

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The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia
Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

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.

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 (3/4 cup shredded)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  1. In a saucepan, add butter, water, milk, and salt.

  2. Heat wet ingredients on high until it just begins to boil.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and gradually stir in instant quick cooking grits.

  4. Stir occasionally as grits cook for approximately 5 minutes.

  5. Once grits have thickened, reduce heat to low then add cheese and pepper.

  6. Continue stirring until cheese is completely melted.

  7. Divide into 4 servings. Top with extra cheese if desired. Serve warm.

The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe 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 and I would love for you to try it out as well. 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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The Best Southern Cheese Grits Recipe in Georgia
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  1. October 10, 2017 / 9:11 am

    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!

    • October 10, 2017 / 9:24 am

      Yes, you most certainly could use skim milk or even substitute the milk for water.

  2. October 10, 2017 / 11:12 am

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

  3. Neely Moldovan
    October 12, 2017 / 9:07 am

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

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:07 am

      I am shocked, Neely. And you live in the south? You are TOTALLY missing out!

  4. October 12, 2017 / 10:46 am

    My brother lived in the south for almost a decade. I loved the cheese grits when I would visit him. Yummers!

  5. October 12, 2017 / 11:48 am

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

  6. October 12, 2017 / 12:28 pm

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

  7. October 12, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    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!

  8. Jeanine
    October 13, 2017 / 6:02 am

    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!

  9. October 13, 2017 / 7:05 am

    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?

    • October 13, 2017 / 7:13 am

      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.

  10. October 13, 2017 / 8:57 am

    That looks so warm and satisfying–and cheesy! I would definitely have mine with breakfast.

  11. Virginia
    November 13, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    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!

  12. July 10, 2018 / 10:58 am

    I’ve never had cheese grits but I love some hot grits with a big chunk of butter in the middle for breakfast!

    • July 11, 2018 / 1:50 am

      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.

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