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Crock Pot Grits

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Grits have never been easier! Slow cook your grits (on high, low or overnight!) for a classic bowl of savory grits just begging for cheese, butter and bacon. Even if you have never made grits before, this one recipe for you!

Nothing says breakfast like a pile of easy eggs, crispy bacon, cheesy hash browns, and a bowl of grits. 

This grits recipe and all the ingredients are a simple classic recipe. As you can see, there are no special ingredient additions that you make to start (those come at the end) and are a fresh homemade grit that is just waiting for the cheese! 

You can absolutely eat grits plain the way they make or get really fancy with all the “fixin’s.” 

big scoop of finished grits ready to be stirred and lots of butter

Creamy Crock Pot Grits Ingredients

Slow cooker grits are a great way to make sure you get a creamy, butter and filling grit that can feed a hungry breakfast crowd. If you have been scared of cooking grits and messing it up (after all, Southerners can be super defensive of this dish!), this recipe is for you.

As a side note, be sure not to subsitute Instant grits in this recipe. Once verified all ingredients are on hand, there is a printable recipe and tips below.

  • dry Stone-Ground Grits (not instant grits) or Regular Grits
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 cups of water
  • salt

Crock Pot Grits { Overnight or 4 hrs}

Adding grits to the slow cooker will produce delicious, creamy, and tender grits perfect to add cheese and butter too. This is a no fuss recipe that is truly the easiest- easier than instant pot grits, Ninja Foodi grits, stove top – truly dump them and just wait! 

  1. Crockpot Grits Cook in just four hours : Add stone ground grits, salt, melted butter and water to slow cooker. Place lid on top and set on HIGH for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Overnight Grits Cook in 8 hours: This doesn’t necessarily work for you if you go to bed super early. Add all ingredients in slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours.
  • If making grits ahead and you go to bed at 10 pm, slow cooked grits will be ready at 6 am.
  • If grits go into cooker at 11, these buttery southern grits will be ready at 7 am to make morning easier.
slow cooker grits being served up

What can I add to Grits?

There is more than one way to serve this Southern side dish! Cheese is an absolute must. From adding and stirring in *until melted* cheddar, or my favorite, Gruyere, you can really bring these grits to another level. 

Try adding in:

  • Pats of butter
  • Slices of green onions
  • Top with bits of cooked bacon
  • Crock Pot Cheese Grits – Shredded Cheese should be stirred in right before you serve
  • Bits of Ham
  • Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
  • Favorite seasonings like Cajun seasoning or Tabasco
  • Prefer to have sweet grits? Try brown sugar and butter. 
grits are made with bits of corn and softened by leaving in slow cooker over night and then add butter and cheese
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Crock Pot Grits

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Creamy Crock Pot Grits in a Slow Cooker is a simple set it and forget it recipe with classic grits taste. Just add butter cheese (and if you want some shrimp!) for a filling and savory Southern breakfast. Make crock pot grits in just 4 hours OR prep for overnight for an instant morning breakfast.


  • 2 cups dry Regular Grits or Stone-Ground Grits not instant grits
  • 1 stick of melted butter which is equal to half a cup
  • 6 cups of water
  • salt – I start with a half a tablespoon to the mixture and add more salt prior to serving to taste


  • Crock Pot Grits
  • Cook in just four hours : Add stone ground grits, salt, melted butter and water into a crock pot.
  • Place lid on top of crock pot and set to slow cook for 4 hours on HIGH, stirring occasionally. 

  • Southern Overnight Grits
  • Cook grits Overnight 8 hours: Add all ingredients in slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours and slow cooker grits will be ready in morning! If you go to bed at 10 pm, they will be ready at 6 am.
  • Add extras to grits like more salt, extra butter, and cheese to taste prior to serving.



  • What goes well in grits? Grits are a Southern breakfast delicacy and there is no doubt that every one has an opinion on what should go into grits. This crockpot grits recipe is a basic recipe that is meant to be added to with additional flavors like cheddar or Gouda cheese, lots of pepper and salt, and more butter. Additionally chorizo, chunks of ham or shrimp go great in grits and this recipe provides enough grits to try several bowls and kinds.
  • Making a huge breakfast? Try adding sausage hash brown casserole, a side of cinnamon apples, and some sheet pan bacon as well.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 965mg

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  1. How many cups of dry grits?

    1. Hi Carolynn, Its 2 cups of Stone Ground Grits.

  2. Will quick 5-minute grits work with this recipe?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      No, do not use instant grits.

  3. Sandy Withers says:

    Super, wonderful creamy grits. I did find I had to cook them several hours past the 8 hours. This may have been due to the stone ground grits I used or the crockpot. I will just know going forward I need to cook longer. No problem!

  4. A really nice way to make a large batch of grits. I used blue corn stone ground grits and 4 hours was perfect. Salted after and added a bit of half & half to enrich the grits. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Thank you Gregg! I appreciate your comment and recommendations on variations regarding the grits!


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