Grits for Breakfast ~ one of my favorites

Grits for Breakfast ~ one of my favorites

I think there must be a bit of the south in me because I LOVE grits ~ for breakfast or dinner, and cooked almost any way.

The word “grits” is derived from the Old English word “grytt”, which means coarse meal.  It originally referred to wheat and other cooked cereals but now refers to ground corn ~ stone-ground coarse cornmeal, and it’s oftentimes called polenta, which is basically the same thing but some people think grits should be ground from white corn and polenta from yellow corn.  I purchase mine from the bulk section of the local store where I shop, or I sometimes coarsely grind my own corn using my Wondermill Grain Mill.  If neither of these is an option for you just purchase packaged stone-ground coarse cornmeal.  It’s also possible to buy instant grits which have been processed to speed up cooking.  They can be found in the cereal area of most grocery stores, which is what we used to buy lots and lots of years ago when we first started eating them.  They were pretty good but not as nutritious, hearty, or delicious so I much prefer the coarsely ground grits.

One of my favorite ways of eating them is for breakfast with just a bit of butter melted over the top and sprinkled with some brown sugar.  YUM.  Have you tried them this way?


Grits for Breakfast ~ one of my favorites

Grits for Breakfast ~ one of my favorites


  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-3/4 cups coarsely ground grits (cornmeal)
  • butter
  • brown sugar


  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of salt.
  3. Gradually whisk in the grits.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the grits are tender, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Add up to 1/4 cup more water if the grits thicken too much and/or stick to the pan while cooking.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. Serve with butter and brown sugar.



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6 Responses to Grits for Breakfast ~ one of my favorites

  1. Deanna {sewmccool} April 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I’ve never, ever had the desire to try grits….but something about your photo drew me in…with the brown sugar…and I’m sold. I know what I’m picking up at the grocery store next time! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Charlie April 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    I love mine with cheese and a little bit of bacon (with a dash of salt & pepper)! Yum!

    • Lori April 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      Oh, that sounds delicious. Im going to try that next time.

  3. Raven November 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

    I can eat grits every day. Usually for breakfast and in different ways. Garlic powder, Sharp Cheese and something spicy (either dry spice or Franks hot sauce. MMMM even tried Slap Yo Mama. Bring it on.

  4. Barbara Minor March 29, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    If you were Southern you wouldn’t put sugar in your grits. I love grits, but you only need enough salt, butter, perhaps black pepper………cheese is Wonderful in grits, also bacon. I’ve gotta go now, I have to make some grits !!!

  5. Angel April 21, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    You can put sugar on your grits if your from the south. Grandfather ate them that way (with butter). He was born in 1913 in OK and at them that way till he died.

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