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Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits – A Southern staple!

Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits — A hearty breakfast dish. Perfectly rich and creamy. It’s not only filling but also delicious!

Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits

Grits are very versatile and can be served sweet or savory. Either way, they are very delicious!

I love grits so much though I’m not from the south. I was first introduced to grits by a good friend about ten years ago, and I have since been enjoying the meal. 

Personally, I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to enjoy the food you like. It’s all about the taste and how the food resonates with you. I like grits with butter, salt, and pepper. I also like them with brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins.

Sweet Creamy grits served with honey and blue berries

How long to make Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits?

This breakfast can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

What are grits?

Possibly the “most Southern” dish there is, grits are made from dried corn that has been grounded up. This meal, similar to polenta, is then cooked with either or a combination of butter, milk, cream, cheese, chicken stock, or water, and a wide assortment of foods can be paired with them!

How to make the perfect grits?

Grits, while simple, can be done well without a lot of skill, but they can also be done not so well (avoid instant grits at all costs!). Using simple, quality ingredients and following these instructions make these Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits the perfect way to start your day. 

Getting a quality brand of grits is vital to making the best grits possible! Avoid instant at all costs. Soaking the grits beforehand—soaking overnight (if you remember) also makes them cook faster and gives them a bit of creamier texture.

How long do grits keep in the fridge?

These Sweet, Creamy Grits will last about 3 days in the fridge, but most berries will spoil sooner if they are mixed into the grits, so I would recommend adding them fresh each time.

Creamy grits served with honey and butter

What to serve with Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits?

This dish is versatile—it can be breakfast all by itself, or the perfect side dish to eggs, bacon, or any other breakfast favorite! Making it without the sweeteners also gives it the ability to be a side dish to lunch and dinner favorites as well.

Flavor Variations:

  • Add or substitute your favorite fruits—any can work!
  • Make the grits savory by taking out the sweeteners and berries and substituting milk for chicken broth, you can also add cheese, bacon, eggs, and other breakfast foods.
  • Another classic savory option is adding shrimp.

If you like this creamy breakfast grits recipe, you might also want to try out and my delicious creamy Shrimp and grits and my Southern Black Eyed Peas recipe. I’m sure you will soon add them to your repertoire.

Some of our other breakfast favorites


  • Grits thicken fast so it’s best to serve immediately. 
  • If the grits are too thick, stir in a little bit of water or milk before serving. 
  • If the grits are too thin, you cook a bit longer or allow to cool slightly.
creamy grits served with honey and blue berries

Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits

Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits — A Southern staple perfected, restaurant grits pale in comparison to my recipe for Sweet, Creamy Breakfast Grits, and at a cheaper price!
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Creole
Keyword: breakfast, Grits
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 350.2kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cups milk or light cream [more as needed]
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup regular grits or quick-cooking grits
  • 2 tablespoons butter if using unsalted butter you will need to add half teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey agave, maple, brown sugar or any other sweetener of your choice.
  • strawberries or whole berries


  • Add the water, milk, grits, and salt to a saucepan.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Once the mixture has reached boiling, lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in the butter
  • Serve warm with honey and topped with fruit.


Grits thicken fast so it’s best to serve immediately.
If the grits are too thick, stir in a little bit of water or milk before serving.
If the grits are too thin, you cook a bit longer or allow to cool slightly.


Calories: 350.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.4g | Protein: 7.6g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 9.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.9g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 44.7mg | Sodium: 433.8mg | Potassium: 245.3mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 14.8g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 158.6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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Recipe Rating


Monday 21st of August 2023

Trying find grits made in restaurant brown flavor quiet good

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Saturday 28th of October 2023

Great one, David 👍

Jeanie K.

Thursday 13th of April 2023

I had never thought of doing grits with brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon as you suggested. I stopped to read your recipe because it reminded me of my Grampa's love of grits with fruit jam mixed in, (which I am fond of also...) I will be trying your recipe!! Thank you!

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Saturday 29th of April 2023

Sorry about your grampa, Jeanie. I hope it comes out well.


Monday 10th of April 2023

This came out perfectly!! I love grits even though I'm not from the south so this makes me so happy to know I can finally make grits flawlessly. Thank you chef Lola, I have followed several of your recipes over the years and it always delivers!

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Saturday 29th of April 2023

Thanks for your kind words, Chika. I am happy you found it helpful.


Friday 4th of September 2020