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Southern cheese grits in a white bowl.
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Creamy Southern Cheese Grits

Old-fashioned corn grits, heavy cream, plenty of shredded cheese, and tasty spices come together to create these delicious creamy Southern cheese grits. Serve this classic Southern side dish with breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a comforting down-home meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Ashley Boyd



  • To a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water, cream, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Stir the ingredients to combine and bring them to a rolling boil.
  • Once the liquid comes to a boil, add the grits while stirring constantly so that clumps do not form. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer the grits for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the grits are thick and creamy, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Stir the grits until the cheese has melted into them. Add the butter and stir until melted.
  • Transfer the grits to a serving bowl and top with fresh cracked black pepper. Enjoy!


  • You can also use white old-fashioned grits. Old-fashioned grits are also sometimes labeled corn for polenta or corn grits for polenta. Cooking times vary greatly for other varieties of grits. Please follow the cooking times on the package if using another variety of grits!
  • Leftover cheese grits can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat grits on the stovetop, adding more water or milk to make the grits creamy again.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 8.6g | Fat: 15.1g | Saturated Fat: 9.5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1135mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 0.5g | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 1mg