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.

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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 mealtime alternatives!

What Are Grits?

Grits originated hundreds of years ago and were made by grinding 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 a coarser texture than cornmeal.

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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

Easy and creamy, these grits are the perfect side to serve with grilled shrimp.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup grits not quick/instant or stone-ground
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup butter


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


If you are using stone ground grits, follow the cook time on your package replacing water with chicken broth.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 424 | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 188mg | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. hello these cheese grits were wonderful. Made this morning with breakfast. I made biscuits and red eye gravy. I will have to try the gravy again not a fan yet. Love you site,.5 stars

  2. I don’t understand why you instruct not to use stone-ground grits. I like the recipe and that’s all I have on hand.

    1. Stone-ground grits will require a longer time and a different ratio of liquid so if used in this recipe as directed, it may not turn out well. If you increase the cook time and the liquid, they will work just fine.

  3. I love this grits so much. Wish I would have tried something like this long before now. Thank you, I will be adding new and different seasoning and herbs to grits now .4 stars