Easy Cheese Grits Recipe Just Like Alton Brown’s

If you have an aversion to grits, you will LOVE this Alton Brown cheese grits recipe.  Made with heavy cream, real butter, and loads of cheddar cheese, they are creamy and delicious! Use instant grits if you are in a hurry and finish them off with a spoonful of tomato paste.   This easy cheese grits recipe will convert even a die-hard grits hater, I promise!

I will tell you straight up, I don’t like grits. I have had them dozens of times since I moved to the south and they usually just don’t appeal to me. But, these easy cheese grits are GOOD! They are not low fat or in any way good for you but they taste heavenly!

I tried to balance the rest of the meal by serving sauteed shrimp, steamed broccoli, and fresh blueberries. Don’t skimp on the cream, butter, and cheese! This is a quick recipe…only takes about 5 minutes!

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corn grits polenta in a wooden bowl on old wooden table

What Are Grits?

Grits are an iconic southern dish. They date back as far as the 16th century. Originally, they were made by drying corn kernels and boiling them to create a mush. Now, we just buy ground corn, cook it in a heavenly combination of cream and stock, and add cheese and butter for more richness and flavor. 

Honestly, skip the plain grits.  Go with the ones full of cream, cheese, and butter.  You will LOVE THEM!

Southern Food Done Right

I have had a ton of opportunities to try southern food over the years.  We love the Alton Brown cookbooks for southern recipes.  If you want a taste of the south, try these other recipes as well:

Easy Cheese Grits Recipe

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Alton Brown Grits Recipe

This creamy grits recipe is loaded with cheddar cheese.  A traditional southern recipe made even better! Check out the Alton Brown Goodeats Cookbook for more great recipes. 

Yield: 4 cups

Recipe: Easy Cheese Grits

cheese grits recipe topped with shrimp in a white bowl

These easy cheese grits are GOOD, even if you don't like grits! Loaded with cheddar cheese, butter, and heavy cream, they are delicious served with grilled shrimp! Just like the Atlon Brown grits recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup water or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. bullion (if using water) I like Better than Bullion (see amazon link below for info)
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 3/8 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup instant grits
  • Toppings of choice: Grilled shrimp, crumbled bacon, green onions, etc.


  1. Bring water, butter and bullion to a boil
  2. Add grits and whisk briskly with fork
  3. As it starts to thicken, add cream, tomato paste, and cheese
  4. Stir till thick and remove from heat. If it is a little too thin, add extra grits and let sit a few minutes. It will thicken up!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 273mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information not always accurate

3 thoughts on “Easy Cheese Grits Recipe Just Like Alton Brown’s”

  1. I love cheese grits so much!! I haven’t had them in quite a while, but have been craving them lately. I am from PA, but my grandparents are from the south and they always used to make them. Makes me really miss them!!
    Thanks for the post! I just may have to go get me some grits today!! =)

  2. My daughter has begged for years for me to make these (and we do live in the South) I have vehemently refused. For her 33rd birthday I agreed. I just finished and after a bit of tweaking (old Bay and Lowreys seasoning I saw on another recipe and cooked the shrimp & sausage) but it’s gone…all of it already while I wrote this!


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