Creamy Crockpot Grits

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Southern style Crockpot Grits is smooth, creamy, and super versatile. This slow cooker grits recipe is affordable comfort food the whole family will love and requires almost no effort to make.

Suitable for Vegetarian and Gluten Free diets. Weight Watchers Points included.

creamy southern style crockpot grits served in a ceramic bowl with a spoon

Crockpot Grits is an awesome dump and start Crockpot recipe you’ll want to make again and again.

These creamy grits are great for meal prep and if you’re making them for breakfast, you can easily start them the night before, making breakfast the next morning a breeze.  

Like my Crockpot Mashed Potatoes, Slow Cooker Grits are the perfect side dish to compliment your dinner too. And they’re pretty effortless. Think about those busy nights where you just want a cozy comfort meal ready to go when you get home.

One of my go-to dinners is the classic Creole Shrimp and Grits. #somuchyum.

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Depending on how you make your grits, they can either be sweet or savory grits. This can change whether you want them as a breakfast dish, a side or dinner too.

And if you’re wanting true Southern style grits, I bet you’re thinking sweet grits shouldn’t exist. But folks, keep an open mind and try out some variations. 

Love crockpot breakfasts? Then check out this Crockpot Breakfast Casserole and the delicious Crockpot Oatmeal.

close up view of the completed slow cooker grits served in a bowl and topped with butter

What Are Grits?

Grits are a southern staple American food. You can find a similar Italian version called Polenta but they’re not as fine. 

Southern Grits a porridge type meal that’s made from dried corn kernels that have been ground up. Cooked Grits tend to be a thick, smooth, creamy, lightly flavored meal. Depending on what things you add to your grits will determine your flavor. 

Stone-ground grits, which are recommended for this recipe, are ground on a stone mill and are much more coarse than polenta and other types of grits. These course ground grits also retain more sweetness from the corn than other grits. 

They are a southern staple that can be served for breakfast, as a side or even the main event under a bed of shrimp,

Why You’ll ♡ This

  • Easily customizable – Think different meals here including breakfast and sides.
  • Easy to prep ahead – This fuss free recipe makes them taste even better and creamier the longer they cook. They are a hands off, stir free recipe.
  • Budget-Friendly – Inexpensive, filling, and perfect for feeding a crowd. Check out this Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge too.
  • Overnight – this works great for overnight grits. Start at 10pm and they are ready by 6am.

Want to make your meal prep even easier? Then check out this collection of awesome Dump and Start Crockpot Recipes for all sorts of stress-free dinner ideas.

cooked grits inside the crockpot with a ladle ready to serve

Soooo, let’s gather up those ingredients and I will show you ….

Ingredient Notes

  • stoneground grits – make sure you et the old fashioned stone ground grits for this.
  • water – just plain old water for cooking.
  • salt – add salt to taste.
  • unsalted butter – use unsalted butter as you are already adding salt.
  • heavy cream optional, but highly recommended to give you the creamiest grits the whole family will love.

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How To Make Grits In The Crockpot

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Soak your grits in 4-5 cups of water. 
  2. The grits will release a part of them that you don’t need. It will float to the top of your soaking water. Skim this off and discard. 
  3. Drain your grits in a strainer. 
  4. Add grits to the crockpot. Then add your water, the best salt and butter. Mix it all together. 
  5. Cover and cook your grits on LOW for 7-8 hours. 
  6. For the creamiest grits – Serve grits with butter slices, cream, shredded cheese and more.
image collage showing the steps for making grits in the slow cooker

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Make sure you rinse grits before you cook them to remove that protective coating that’s harmless but feels odd in your mouth. 
  • Don’t forget to soak and skim the grits or they won’t turn out correctly. 
  • Try draining the grits in a strainer to really make sure they’re ready to cook. 
  • It may help to spray your crockpot insert with non-stick spray before adding grits. 
  • For easier cleanup, use a crockpot liner
  • Slow cookers cook at different temperatures and may require different cooking times. Check your specific make and model and consult the manual to ensure proper cooking time and temperature. 
  • Here are some of my favorite things to use to make this delicious dish. Do you have any of these too?
top down view of grits served in a ceramic bowl

Delicious Variations

There’s so many reasons to love these absolutely delicious Southern Crockpot Grits and here are a few other alterations and adaptations to make to find other ways to enjoy them. 

  • Add sweetness: Try brown sugar, maple syrup, or stevia. 
  • Add dairy: Add more butter, cream, milk, or grated cheese.
  • Cheese grits are truly awesome. Stir in some shredded cheese just before serving.
  • Add veggies – for a more savory version you can add sliced green onions, fried mushrooms or fried onions, add pepper etc.
  • Add meat – like cooked bacon bits, ham, chorizo, cooked sausage etc.
  • Add heat – with red pepper flakes, a dash of tabasco, franks hot pepper sauce etc.
  • Fruits – add fruits like berries etc for a sweeter breakfast treat.

Pro Tip: Instant and Quick Grits will turn to mush if you use them in the Slow Cooker. Trust me, only use Stone-Ground Grits in the Crock Pot. 

the finished grits recipe in a bowl with a spoon and ready to be served

Meal Prep, Prep Ahead, Freeze, Reheat And Store

These delicious crock pot grits are an ideal meal prep recipe because they can be easily stored in the fridge or freezer until you need them. I love to make big batches and freeze till out when I need them.

  • Prep Ahead – Make ahead and refrigerate for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Store – In an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • Freeze – Let grits cool down, store in container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat – If you want to reheat your refrigerated grits, break up the congealed grits into pieces and add them to 1 cup of boiling water to loosen them up as you whisk them constantly on low heat.
  • Meal Prep – Feel free to make a fair amount of grits and with a few adjustments you can get several meals out of them
  • Looking for more EASY, delicious, and flavorful crockpot recipes? I’ve got you covered. Check out my full collection of Crockpot recipes.
cooked grits inside the slow cooker


What Is The Best Grits To Water Ratio?

The best grits to water ration is When making your Slow Cooker Grits, it’s important to use 1 cup of grits to 4 cups of water (or other liquid)

What Kind Of Grits Should You Use?

Make sure you’re using Stone-Ground Grits for this crockpot recipe. Guys, if you’re wondering if you can use instant or quick cooking grits, the short answer is no. Keep reading below to see why. 

Folks, you want to make sure you’re using the right grits for the slow cooker. They usually take 60-90 minutes on the stovetop, so you know they’re good for slow cooking. 

The quality and creaminess of these grits gets better the longer they simmer and cook without becoming pastey glue like other types of grits would.  

 Can You Keep Grits Warm In A Crockpot?

Yes, you can make your grits ahead of time and then keep them warm in your slow cooker. All you have to do is stir the grits occasionally and make sure to a little water as necessary if they thicken up too much.

What’s The Difference Between Quick And Instant Grits?

Just like oats, there are various kinds of grits. Quick and Instant Grits are some of the most common and they really shouldn’t be cooked in your slow cooker (they’re best made on the stove). The only real difference between them is in granulation size;

Quick grits are ground super fine and only take about 5 minutes to cook.
Regular grits are medium grind and take twice as long to cook about 10 minutes.

Instant grits are fine in texture and have been precooked and dehydrated and only need boiling water to prepare them. 

Can You Cook Grits The Night Before?

Guys, keep in mind that grits are the freshest and creamiest right after they’re made. However, if you need to cook them ahead of time you can. You can make them up to 2 days ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. 

What Are The Black Specks In Grits?

I know for some people the black specks in grits can be a turn off, but they aren’t anything that should be. 

The dark specks that you see are the particles of germ that’s left in the product. The corn kernel is darker in color and it’s completely normal to see dark or black flecks throughout your grits. 

a bowl of slow cooker grits with a spoon and cloth napkin

Serving Suggestions

You can eat grits plain or serve them up with plenty of fixings etc.

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Weight Watchers Points 

There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

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Creamy Crockpot Grits

An effortless and affordable dump and start crockpot recipe the whole family will love.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: American, southern
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 1 cup (257g) stone ground grits
  • 4 cups (1 L) water
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream optional, but highly recommended


  • Soak your grits in 4-5 cups of water.
  • The grits will release a part of them that you don’t need. It will float to the top of your soaking water. Skim this off and discard.
  • Drain your grits in a strainer.
  • Add grits to the slow cooker. Then add your water, salt and butter. Mix it all together.
  • Cover and cook your grits on LOW for 7-8 hours.
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  • Make sure you rinse your grits before you cook them to remove that protective coating that’s harmless but feels odd in your mouth. 
  • Don’t forget to soak and skim the grits or they won’t turn out. 
  • Try draining the grits in a strainer to really make sure they’re ready to cook. 
  • If you’re able to stir the grits a few times as they cook that’s great. But if you can’t, don’t worry about it. 
  • It may help to spray your crockpot liner with non-stick spray before adding grits. 
  • For easier cleanup, use a crockpot liner. 
  • Salt to taste, I like about ½ teaspoon. 
  • Slow Cookers cook at different temperatures and may require different cooking times. Check your specific make and model manual to ensure proper cooking time and temperature.
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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    1. Living in Charleston SC now for almost a year. Anytime I visited Charleston before, I would order grits when going out to eat breakfast. I’m 72 and have been eating grits my whole life but Charleston always had the best! I’m trying your crockpot grits for the first time this morning. Having breakfast for supper.
      Knowing I can put in baggies and freeze is great! Can’t wait to see how
      they turn out! Tks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Can you wait till you serve grits to add butter/vegan butter to accommodate food preferences instead of adding to pot while cooking? I am making this for an Easter breakfast at Church. Thanks in advance.