Sweet & Savory: 9 Grits Recipes to Suit Every Taste

Oh, the wonderous world of grits. Grits can be served many ways and I'm here to tell you how. There is a huge debate with lovers of grits that centers around salt or sugar. Now as unimportant as that may seem, bring it up around the wrong crowd and be prepared to be removed from the group.

As a kid, I loved anything sweet so butter and sugar were my go-to for grits. As I got older and became a man, more savory flavors took over. See below for some of my favorite grits recipes that will keep your breakfast and possibly dinner moving forward.

1. Smothered Shrimp 'N' Grits

Smothered Shrimp and Grits - Brunchaholics

The Southern favorite! Check out this delicious Brunchaholics recipe for an amazing rendition of shrimp and grits.

Get the recipe here.

2. Sweet Grits with Strawberry Compote

Cream of Rice Cereal

I told you grits can be sweet or savory. If you're on the other side of the fence then check out this recipe!

3. Grillades 'N' Grits

New Orleans southern Grillades and Grits
Daring Gourmet

Get your roux-making skills together for this Louisiana classic!

Get the recipe here.

4. Creamy Cheddar and Herb Grits

Creamy Cheddar-Herb Grits
A Dash of Soul

Simple, tasty, and to the point. This recipe can also be used as a grits base to add your favorite proteins or savory toppings - bacon, anyone?!

Get the recipe here.

5. Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes with Garlicky Grits

Roasted Chickpea and Tomato Grits Recipe - Wide Open Eats
Martha and Marley Spoon

Looking for a healthier option in this sea of satiated hunger and great naps? Look no further.

Get the recipe here.

6. Buttered Grit Cookies

Grit Cookies
Dessert For Two

A little off the wall, but I know you're still tempted to try them. Enjoy your grits like you would a chocolate chip cookie!

Get the recipe here.

7. Grilled Steak and Polenta

steak and polenta grits
Food To Love

You may not be familiar with polenta but it's basically the big fancy cousin of grits, from our Italian friends across the sea.

Polenta is a corn grit that becomes a lot firmer when cooking compared to regular grits. And no, there is no such thing as instant polenta.

Get the recipe here.

8. Breakfast Soufflé

Breakfast Souffle of Grits, Cheese, Eggs, and Onions photo
Bon Appetit

Now this is a decadent soufflé using grits, cheese, and onions. Remember that soufflés take patience and care so don't rush or make a lot of noise. You wouldn't want the soufflé to fall.

Get the recipe here.

9. Grit Cakes

Grit Cakes
The Pot Licker

Now this is a grit food hack if we've ever seen one. This recipe can also be made using the aforementioned polenta.

If you don't want your grits wet and runny, you can make a grit cake and make your masterpiece by cutting them out in whatever shape you want.

Get the recipe here.

Now where do you stand on the grits debate? Let us know!