Stovetop Creamy Grits

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Stovetop creamy grits, a staple in Southern cuisine, offer a delightful blend of comfort and simplicity. Perfect as a side dish or a main meal, these creamy grits can be prepared in simple steps, ensuring a porridge-like consistency that’s both hearty and satisfying. The classic Southern dish is open to plenty of versatility, including garlic grits, creamy cheddar grits, or some added fried egg. 

Grits on a spoon over a white bowl.


  • Water
  • Heavy cream
  • Quick grits
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper

Get the full recipe at the bottom of the post in the recipe card with measurements and instructions.

Breakfast on a counter.

What We Love About Creamy Grits

  • Creamy grits are more than just a dish; they’re an experience. The creamy texture, enriched with a bit of butter, transforms the humble corn into a comforting, versatile meal. Whether topped with sharp cheddar or served alongside green onions and bell peppers, these grits embody the essence of Southern cooking.
  • They are a basic recipe and filling dish that is perfect for breakfast or dinner. Try it with Copycat Starbucks egg bites.
  • Grits are budget-friendly and can be served as a main dish or a side
Grits cooking in a saucepan.

Steps for Quick-Cooking Grits

  1. Bring water to a gentle boil in a medium pot.
  2. Gradually add grits, stirring consistently. Let it boil again.
  3. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Slowly pour in heavy cream during the last minute, stirring to mix thoroughly. 
  5. Add in butter, salt, and pepper, and serve.


  • Try cheesy grits with parmesan cheese.
  • Use stone-ground corn for a more authentic texture.
  • Experiment with sweet grits by adding maple syrup.
A bowl of grits on a counter. There is a spoon next to the bowl.


  • Keep stirring while cooking for the creamiest grits.
  • Adjust water or cream for your preferred consistency. The cream will make rich grits.
  • Serving grits warm ensures maximum enjoyment.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Swap heavy cream with whole milk for a lighter version.
  • Olive oil can be an alternative to butter.
  • For a vegetarian twist, use vegetable broth instead of water.

Storage Instructions

  • Keep in an airtight container.
  • Store in the fridge and eat within 3-4 days.
  • Reheat with additional liquid to maintain creaminess.

Dish Pairings

Elevate your meal with these pairings:

Grits in a bowl next to salmon patties.

Whether you’re a seasoned Southern cook or trying creamy grits for the first time, this dish offers a comforting, versatile option for any dinner table. How will you customize your pot of creamy grits?

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Breakfast on a counter.

Stovetop Creamy Grits

Discover the best stovetop creamy grits recipe, a classic Southern dish with quick grits, butter, and heavy cream for a comforting, easy meal.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 407 kcal


  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a medium pot, bring water to a boil.
  • Add in grits and stir until it begins to boil again.
  • Reduce heat to simmer for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Slowly pour in heavy cream during the last minute, stirring to mix thoroughly.
  • Add butter, salt and pepper to taste until all are mixed well.


Serving: 1gCalories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 676mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1140IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breakfast, grits, heavy cream, melted butter, stovetop
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