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Grits and eggs in a bowl on a countertop

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Easy Grits and Eggs

Grits and eggs is one of those quick meals that's both simple and satisfying. Enjoy it as a comforting breakfast or easy dinner. You're sure to have it on repeat!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened and cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs


  • Add the water, grits, and kosher salt to a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low just to keep the grits at a gentle simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 20-22 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the grits are tender. (Make sure to stir the grits a few times throughout cooking so they don’t burn on the bottom.)
  • Remove the grits from the heat and add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and butter. Stir until the cheeses have fully melted.
  • Season with additional salt (and freshly ground black pepper, if using) to taste. Serve immediately or store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and grease it with nonstick cooking spray (or 1 teaspoon of butter). Crack the eggs into the pan (or as many as will fit) and cover with a lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or just until the whites have set. Serve with grits.


  • Cream cheese will incorporate more smoothly if softened ahead of time.
  • You can use pepper jack cheese or another cheese, if you prefer. Freshly shredded cheese will be more flavorful and easier to incorporate than pre-shredded.
  • If you’re using these grits for something like Shrimp & Grits, feel free to swap the water for chicken stock (personal preference, but I do not recommend that substitution for breakfast).


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 975mg | Potassium: 122mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1077IU | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 1mg