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Baked Cheese Grits Recipe

In this addictive Cheese Grits Casserole, creamy rich Southern Grits are cooked with garlicky butter and cheddar and parmesan cheeses then baked to perfection. Each flavorful bite oozes melts on the tongue. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine soul food, south, Southern
Keyword brunch, cheese, easy side dishes, grits, grits recipe, savory breakfast, side dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 244kcal


  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups old fashioned grits
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese I used medium here but feel free to use what you prefer (mild, medium or sharp)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • Optional: Grated parmesan cheese and parsley sprinkled on top


  • Add salt to water and bring to a boil. 
  • Add grits to boiling salted water, whisking into the water then lower heat to the lowest setting and cook covered until grits are tender but still pourable, about 12-18 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, minced garlic and butter.  Continue whisking until both the cheeses and butter are melted and well combined.
  • Next, while vigorously whisking, add milk and eggs and continue to whisk quickly so the eggs won’t scramble.
  • Pour grits into a large greased 4 quart casserole dish then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and bake at 325 for 60-70 minutes or until grits just shake slightly. You can also broil for a couple of seconds to make a gorgeous brown color on top.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


Make ahead tip: Make grits and pour into greased casserole dish and store in refrigerator.  Next morning, remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes then bake according to instructions. 


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg