Perfect Pot of Grits Recipe

Every Southern cook should perfect the art of making grits.

Perfect Pot of Grits
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 to 6 servings


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 qt. water

  • 1 cup stone-ground grits

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter


  1. Bring salt and water to a boil in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Whisk in grits, and cook, whisking constantly, 45 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of the pot.

  2. Return to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. (For a looser consistency, whisk in 2 to 4 Tbsp. water halfway through cooking.)

  3. Stir in butter until melted, and serve immediately.

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