Grits are more than just shrimp’s sidekick—these grits recipes prove our point.

By Dawn Perry
Updated July 16, 2018
Anson Mills White Grits
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Slowly simmered in milk or cream and finished with butter, a good pinch of salt, and a handful of grated Cheddar, grits are one of our favorite ways to round out a meal. In fact, they can stand in for flour or another grain just about anywhere. Cooked in coconut milk with a cinnamon stick and topped with dried fruit and chopped nuts, they make a luxurious dessert. Blend them with savory grated onion for lighter-than-air dumplings, perfect for soaking up your favorite chicken soup. They even add welcome texture to an easy herb-and-goat-cheese soufflé. For grits with big corn flavor, look for heirloom varieties from the likes of Anson Mills. But the ideas on this page work just as well with the quick-cooking kind.

Goat Cheese Grits Souffles
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Goat Cheese Grits Soufflés

A soufflé might sound fancy, perhaps even intimidating to make, but not this one. With the use of simple ingredients you likely have on hand—milk, eggs, cheese—this stunner couldn’t be easier. Serve it up as a side dish or a special breakfast.

Get the recipe: Goat Cheese Grits Soufflés

Grits Pudding
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Grits Pudding

Grits aren't just reserved for shrimp. They work spectacularly well in sweet renditions, too. In this easy pudding, grits take a sweet and fragrant turn when cooked in coconut milk and flavored with warm spices.

Get the recipe: Grits Pudding

Grits Dumplings
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Grits Dumplings

More versatile than you might think, quick-cooking grits turn into lighter-than-air steamed dumplings. Float them in a big bowl of broth or soup for a satisfying meal. Once you get the hang of these dumplings, feel free to add your favorite spices for a twist.

Get the recipe: Grits Dumplings