Baked Cheese Grits Recipe (2024)

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In this addictive Baked Cheese Grits recipe, creamy rich southern grits are cooked with garlicky butter and cheddar and parmesan cheeses then baked to perfection. Each flavorful bite oozes melts on the tongue. Make these grits casserole for your next family breakfast or serve them for dinner as a side dish.

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Cuisine Inspiration: Southern Comfort
Primary Cooking Method: Baking
Dietary Info: Vegetarian & Gluten-Free
Key Flavor: Cheesy Richness
Skill Level: Intermediate

Sweet Highlights:

  • Golden Goodness: Achieve that perfect golden-brown crust every time.
  • Cheese Galore: Bursting with the savory goodness of rich cheese.
  • Comfort Food King: A true Southern staple that warms the soul.
  • Versatile Star: Perfect as a side or jazzed up with some shrimp or veggies.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Always a hit at family gatherings and potlucks. Get ready for the praise!

Home is wherever the grits are made”. Someone famous said that right? Well, even if that’s not the case I still choose to use it as a personal motto. Grits are a Southern staple that you can find in homes and diners all across the South. I grew up eating my Big Mama’s grits for breakfast on cozy Sunday mornings and as a side to her famous pork chop dinners. Her grits were decadent, creamy and stirred with love.

Now, I make my Big Mama’s grits when I’m in need of something to bring me back. The memories come flooding with each bite and I welcome that. This recipe is one that I’m obsessed with. The added cheese, garlic and spices create a bowl of pure joy.

Take my advice, make these grits and keep the whole pot to yourself. Or share, up to you!

Where Did Southern Grits Come From?

I really go into detail about Grits in my How to Make Grits post but as a brief reminder, they have been a staple in the Southern diet for centuries! Way back when, before ships set sail for the “New World”, Native Americans were cooking a soft, mashed corn dish. Settlers were introduced to the dish in 1584 when they dined with local natives.

Eventually, settlers in Jamestown, Virginia were taught how to make this stone-ground corn porridge by natives themselves. Grits continued on to become extremely popular in the South. South Carolina even declared grits as their official state food!

Today, grits are more popular than ever, and I’m not mad about that at all.


  • Water Wave: A whole lotta H2O for that smooth texture.
  • Gritty City: Old fashioned grits, the heart of the dish.
  • Cheddar Flex: Medium’s my jam, but you do you—mild, medium, or sharp!
  • Parmesan Party: A sprinkle for that added oomph.
  • Garlic Groove: Minced to perfection, adding depth and zing.
  • Powdered Pizzazz: Garlic powder to elevate the garlicky feels.
  • Butter Bliss: Salted and melted, binding it all together.
  • Milky Way: Whole milk, for that creamy, dreamy consistency.
  • Eggcellent Trio: Three large ones, beaten and ready to bind.
  • Fancy Finish (Optional): Grate a bit more parmesan and sprinkle some parsley on top for that extra flair!

How To Make Baked Cheese Grits Recipe

Don’t let grits intimidate you- they may seem a bit difficult but honestly, they couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is a bit of time, patience and a whole lot of love! Here are a couple tips to ensure you make the best grits ever.

Tip 1: Buy the Right Kind of Grits

Don’t use instant grits! This cheese grits recipe calls for your grits to be cooked slowly so they have time to absorb those yummy flavors. Instant grits will change in texture if you attempt to cook them longer than the suggested cooking time. Old-fashioned or stone-ground grits are capable of withstanding the lengthened cooking period.

Tip 2: Freshly Shred Your Cheese

Store-bought shredded cheese will work perfectly well but if you can, freshly shredded cheese is the way to go. To get the maximum amount of ooey-gooey cheesiness, buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself. Trust me, you’ll notice the difference!

Tip 3: Cook to Your Preferred Thickness

Everyone has a preference when it comes to the thickness of their grits. If you like them to be runnier, add more milk or water. If you like them thicker, don’t add as much liquid. This recipe will produce something right in the middle.

How to Serve for Brunch

Any Southerner will back me up when I say that grits go with just about everything. Grits have an incredible way of being flavorful while still taking the backseat to their counterpart. The creamy texture, pungent cheese and subtle garlic merge together to create something both unique and complimentary.

If you want to go more the brunch route, serve withBrown Sugar Bacon, this Chorizo Breakfast Skillet, Easy Breakfast Casserole, Hash Browns, Hoe Cakes and Bacon Cheddar Biscuits.

Recipe Pairings for Grits Casserole

Still stumped on how to serve your grits? Here are a few ideas to get you started! Pair your grits with any one of these recipes and you’ve got one heck of a meal.

Favorite Grits Recipes

  • Shrimp Scampi and Grits
  • Sweet Potato Grits
  • Cauliflower Grits

Baked Cheese Grits Recipe (5)

Baked Cheese Grits Recipe

In this addictive Cheese Grits Casserole, creamy richSouthern Gritsare cooked with garlicky butter and cheddar and parmesan cheeses then baked to perfection. Each flavorful bite oozes melts on the tongue.

4.43 from 45 votes

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Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: soul food, south, Southern

Prep Time: 25 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour hour 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 244kcal

Author: Jocelyn Delk Adams


  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups old fashioned grits
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese I used medium here but feel free to use what you prefer (mild, medium or sharp)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • Optional: Grated parmesan cheese and parsley sprinkled on top


  • Add salt to water and bring to a boil.

  • Add grits to boiling salted water, whisking into the water then lower heat to the lowest setting and cook covered until grits are tender but still pourable, about 12-18 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, minced garlic and butter. Continue whisking until both the cheeses and butter are melted and well combined.

  • Next, while vigorously whisking, add milk and eggs and continue to whisk quickly so the eggs won’t scramble.

  • Pour grits into a large greased 4 quart casserole dish then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and bake at 325 for 60-70 minutes or until grits just shake slightly. You can also broil for a couple of seconds to make a gorgeous brown color on top.

  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


Make ahead tip: Make grits and pour into greased casserole dish and store in refrigerator. Next morning, remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes then bake according to instructions.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg

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