Cheese Grits

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Cheese Grits are a delicious creamy side dish, perfect served alongside your Southern favorites. If you’ve never had cheesy grits, (and you’re a mac and cheese lover) you’ll absolutely love this dish!  

Shredded cheddar and butter are stirred into smooth creamy grits for the best ever side dish. Serve alongside grilled shrimp or top with Crock Pot Pulled Pork.

A heaping white bowl full of creamy cheese grits Cheese Grits

Trying to find the perfect side dish that is both delicious and easy? Cheese grits is the perfect answer!

Add shrimp or baked chicken to this cheese grits recipe for a delicious main course! Don’t let conventional thinking hold you back, use your imagination for great meal time alternatives!

What Are Grits?

Grits originated hundreds of years ago and were made by grinding a corn similar to hominy or maize, in a stone mill. Once ground it was sifted through a screen where the finer bits were used as grit meal (or cornmeal) and the coarser pieces made up the grits.

Today, they are a popular southern dish and once you try them, you’ll see exactly why. They’re rich, creamy and so delicious!

Can You Substitute Grits for Cornmeal? Yes, in  a pinch you can substitute but it will change the texture considerably and won’t be considered grits. Grits have coarser texture than cornmeal.

Shredded cheese and butter being incorporated into creamy grits in a saucepan

How to Make Cheese Grits

Cheese Grits are so easy to make! If you are wondering what cheese goes in grits, any sharp cheddar or even a Monterey jack cheese is perfect for grits. But really, any cheese you fancy will work!
  1. Prepare your grits in regular fashion. Boil water, stir in the grits and simmer.
  2.  Stir in sharp cheddar cheese, butter and a little milk until the cheese is melted and creamy.
  3. Serve immediately!

What to Serve with Cheese Grits: They’re super easy to make side dish that is the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or they make the perfect breakfast recipe topped with fried or poached eggs! Your family will love how creamy, cheesy and delicious they are!

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Cheese Grits

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Easy and creamy, these grits are the perfect side to serve with grilled shrimp.


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup grits not quick/instant or stone-ground
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter

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  1. Bring water, chicken broth and garlic powder to a boil in a medium pot.
  2. Add grits and cook uncovered for 18-20 minutes or thick and creamy (or follow times listed on your grits package).
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and butter until melted. (Add a splash of cream if desired).

  4. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

If you are using stone ground grits, follow the cook time on your package replacing water with chicken broth.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 424, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 801mg, Potassium: 188mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 865%, Vitamin C: 8.3%, Calcium: 320%, Iron: 0.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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