How To Make Grits

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Grits, a quintessentially Southern staple, made from stone-ground corn and typically served at breakfast, can become the backbone for so many dishes. Here is a basic recipe with tips and tricks for making a perfect pot of grits. From there let your imagination run wild.


  • 3 and ½ cups water
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits, white or yellow
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter


  1. In a medium-sized heavy saucepan add the water, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Gradually add in the grits while whisking. Continue whisking for 30 seconds to reduce clumping and creates silky, smooth grits.
  3. Bring the grits back to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until the grits are tender.
  4. Stir in the butter and salt and serve immediately.


  • Stone-ground grits have a nutty, rich flavor and create a dish with more texture.
  • Adding the grits slowly while whisking will create a silk, smooth dish.
  • Salt your cooking liquid before you add the grits. The grits will absorb the flavor better during cooking.
  • Covering your grits will reduce the cooking time by half.