These easy Crockpot Grits are the creamiest and best southern-style grits you will ever have. Grits are a southern staple and these are slow cooked to perfection with a swirl of cream and butter.
This Crockpot Grits recipe is epically creamy. They are the best southern-style grits, and they are even more amazing because of how easy they are to make!
They're perfectly suited for cooking in the slow cooker because a low and slow cook-time means amazingly rich and creamy grits.
Most grits need to be stirred frequently on the stove for up to 45 minutes! These are completely hands-off and turn out perfectly creamy and delicious with just grits, water, and salt. Finish it off with a swirl of cream and butter for extra richness and creaminess.
What Are Grits?
Grits are a Southern staple made from ground corn. They are served as a breakfast dish, side dish , or even the base to a shrimp entree.
They aren't made from your typical sweet corn, but from a less sweet and starchy variety, often referred to as dent corn. Grits can be made from yellow or white corn and are labeled as such.
What is the Secret to Cooking Grits?
The secret to cooking grits is cooking them low and slow, along with seasoning them properly. Plus, cream and butter don't hurt either, and make grits better whether you're serving them sweet or savory. All of these tips together give you the richest, creamiest grits possible (which is why this slow cooker version is so amazing!).
Are Grits Better with Milk or Water?
I personally think the best way to cook grits is with water, adding butter and cream at the end.
What's the Difference Between 5-Minute Grits and Old-Fashioned Grits?
The difference between 5-minute grits and old-fashioned grits is the cook time. Like minute rice, 5-minute grits have a very quick cook time. They are ground into finer granules.
Old-fashioned grits have a longer cook time due to their larger granule size.
What Grits are Best for Crockpot Grits?
Because we'll be cooking them for a long time in a slow cooker, the best grits for Crockpot grits are the stone ground old-fashioned grits.
What is the Southern Way to Eat Grits?
In the south, grits are more commonly served savory, with just butter and salt. Additions like shredded cheese and parmesan, bacon, sausage crumbles, chives, green onions, or even shrimp also sometimes make an appearance.
How to Serve Grits
Grits can be served sweet or savory. Sweet grits might include honey, sugar, or maple syrup as the sweetener with a possibly a sprinkle of cinnamon or some fresh fruit.
Savory grits can be served with just butter and salt or a variety of other toppings such as cheese, chives, or bacon.
Crockpot grits can be served as a side dish for breakfast or brunch. It is also often served as the base of the southern dish "shrimp and grits."
Crockpot Grits Variations and Add-Ins
One of the best parts of grits is their mild, versatile flavor. Because of this, they can take on a variety of other flavors and still be delicious. Here are some topping and add-in ideas to consider:
- Cheese - Grits are absolutely delicious with cheese. Stir in the cheese while the grits are still very hot so that the cheese will melt in properly.
- Bacon or Sausage - Cooked and crumbled bacon or sausage adds extra protein and flavor to grits.
- Eggs - Nothing better than grits topped with a fried egg.
- Herbs - Fresh herbs such as chives, thyme, basil, parsley, or oregano will pack a lot of fresh flavor with very little effort.
- Heat - Add some red pepper flakes or a couple of dashes of Tabasco to up the spiciness.
- Sweetener - Add sugar, honey, or maple syrup to sweeten your grits.
- Cinnamon - A sprinkle of cinnamon to go with the honey or maple syrup can be amazing.
- Fruit - Fresh or dried fruit add some sweet and tart flavor to grits and a little extra nutrition as well.
Can You Keep Grits Warm in the Slow Cooker?
Yes! You can leave them on warm in the slow cooker for a brunch or holiday. Just stir every once in a while so that they don't burn.
More Southern Recipes You'll Love
- Southern Buttermilk Biscuits - mile-high, fluffy buttermilk biscuits.
- Southern Sausage Gravy - white gravy made with sausage and sausage drippings, best served over the buttermilk biscuits above.
- Best Ever Chicken Pot Pie - I do mean BEST. This is a favorite on the blog and in our house.
- Southern Pan Fried Catfish - quick and easy cornmeal-coated catfish quickly pan-fried to golden perfection.
- Southern Corn Pudding - a corn casserole made from cornbread mix, sweet corn, and lots of cheese!
Crockpot Grits Video
- 1½ cups stone ground grits
- 6 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 6 tablespoons butter cut into slices
- Black pepper to taste
- Add grits, water, and salt to a slow cooker. Stir.
- Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
- Uncover. Pour in cream. Scatter butter slices on top. Whisk grits until they are an even consistency and butter has melted.
- Add pepper to taste before serving. Serve warm.
- Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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