Slow-Cooker Grits Recipe

Classic Southern grits just got a slow cooked makeover and you're going to love it. We love grits, but don't love spending time standing over a hot stove stirring as our arm steadily turns to jelly. Finally, we have a solution. Enter, our Slow Cooker Grits. They have the same great flavor we love, but with a set-it-and-forget-it mentality that we can really get behind. Be sure to opt for stone-ground grits—this is not the time to sub in the quick-cook variety. You'll stir together the grits and 6 cups of water in your slow cooker. Allow the grits to settle into the bottom of the slow cooker by letting the combination sit for about 2 minutes. You'll want to skim the solids off the top of the liquid. To make it easier, tilt the slow cooker slightly and use a fine-mesh strainer. Let the grits sit for 8 hours. A few hours before you're ready to serve, turn the slow cooker on high and cook the grits for two hours stirring after one hour. Once two hours has elapsed, stir in cream, butter, salt, and pepper. You can either transfer the grits to a covered dish or let friends and family scoop straight from the slow cooker for a casual, no-fuss meal. 

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Photo: Southern Living
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 hrs
8 serves


  • 2 cups uncooked stone-ground grits

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Stir together grits and 6 cups water in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes, allowing grits to settle to bottom. Tilt slow cooker slightly, and skim off solids using a fine wire-mesh strainer. Cover and soak 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Cover and cook grits on HIGH 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir in cream and remaining ingredients.

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