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How to Make Grits

Creamy, flavorful, FAST, affordable and perfectly seasoned just like you remember! Learn how to make grits, perfectly in just a few minutes. It’s EASY!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make grits
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: .30


  • Equipment
  • sauce pan
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Stove
  • wooden spoon


  • 1 Cup water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbs grits heaping
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • ¼ Cup whole milk


  • Bring water to a boil on the stove top over high heat. Add the salt and pepper while you are waiting for the water to boil. You can also add the butter, I usually do.
  • Just as water starts to boil, pour in the grits. Stir. Stir frequently. As the grits start to boil hard, turn the heat down to medium. Eventually the water will cook down and the grits will start to thicken, bubble and spring out of the pan onto your arm (be careful they are hot). Keep stirring. Stir some more.
  • Just as the grits are becoming thick like the consistency of pudding, add the milk. Stir some more. Wait at least 1 minute, but they are ready to eat whenever they are the consistency you like. I like mine thick like pudding. Some people like there's a little more soupy. You be the judge. They will become thicker the longer you allow them to cook.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a minute or two. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.



  • Salt the water while the water is heating up. You’ll use much less salt this way.
  • Once the water is boiling, add the grits and then stir well. You can allow the water to continue boiling until the grits start to thicken and then you’ll have to decrease the heat. (They like to bubble up when hot).
  • Make a single serving by this recipe or multiply to make multiple servings.
PRO TIP: Salt makes or breaks this recipe and adding the salt while cooking is the answer. If you wait until you serve the grits, it is too late and you will have to add a TON of salt at the table to make it palatable. Do yourself a favor and add the salt while cooking. 


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 518IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg