Cornmeal Grits

This warm cereal is similar to oatmeal. It can be eaten in a variety of ways: as a breakfast cereal, as a side with lean ham and eggs, with cheese stirred in it and shrimp on top, or with gravy.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup polenta meal
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


  • Put water and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Gradually add polenta and stir constantly over medium-low heat until it has thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in butter.
  • Serve immediately for soft grits or pour into a greased loaf pan and let cool. When cool, grits can be sliced and fried or grilled.