pimento cheese grits with a scoop of cheese on top

Pimento Cheese Grits

Pimento Cheese Grits are a southern treat made with stone ground grits and creamy pimento cheese. It’s a match made in heaven.

If I could pick one recipe I adore above all the others, it would have grits in it. First of all, grits are as southern as it gets. I mean, some folks have never even tasted plain grits, let alone the pimento cheese kind. I just got one thing to say about that. Bless your little hearts!

Down south, you can’t get much better than cheese grits, garlic and butter. Put them all together in a big ole pot and, y’all, it’s magic. It’s like mac & cheese on steroids. Just sayin’.

Grits taste good any time of the day. They’re perfect for breakfast or brunch, and a great side with BBQ for lunch or dinner. When you add pimento cheese to them, well…it’s just criminal.

How to Make Pimento Cheese Grits

Start by boiling 4 cups of water, then add 1 cup of stone ground grits. (ad) Stone ground have a heartier texture and taste than regular grits, and they hold up well when adding cheese and seasonings.

After the grits have simmered for at least 20 minutes, check to see if they are tender. If so, you’re ready to fold in the pimento cheese! I have a great recipe for pimento cheese, but you can use store-bought if you wish.

Mix in some salt, garlic powder, dried parsley and half and half. Scoop the grits into small bowls and put them over the top by adding a small scoop of pimento cheese topped with cheddar.

I can’t say enough good things about this recipe. It’s one of those ‘gotta try it to believe it’ kind of things. After you do, let me know if your southern heart starts to patter!

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pimento cheese grits with a scoop of cheese on top

Pimento Cheese Grits

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Pimento Cheese Grits are as southern as it gets!  My version will make your southern heart start to patter. 



  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup stone ground grits (ad)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup pimento cheese
  • dash of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 4 small scoops of pimento cheese to garnish
  • shredded cheddar to garnish


  1. In a large dutch oven, (ad) boil water, then add grits, salt, and butter.
  2. Cover and simmer grits until tender (about 20 minutes).
  3. Add a little water if needed and stir to prevent scorching.
  4. Remove from heat and fold in pimento cheese.
  5. Add dried parsley and garlic powder.
  6. Stir in half and half.
  7. Salt to taste if needed.
  8. Stir well and pour into individual bowls.
  9. Garnish with a scoop of pimento cheese and shredded cheddar.


You’ve never had grits this good until you’ve added pimento cheese to the mix!

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: pimento cheese, grits, southern, pimento cheese grits, cheese grits, stone ground grits

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  1. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. These look wonderful! A definite (making soon.)

    • Thanks Ronda! I just love cheese grits, and when you add pimento cheese, it’s just crazy good!

  3. Leigh Ann

    Looks delish!

  4. Can’t wait to try!

  5. This looks and sounds delicious. I have never considered substituting grits for pasta. This is definitely on my to try list ❤️

  6. Oh yeah!

  7. Carol Tyndall

    Oh wow. Can’t get more southern! I’ve always loved grits and adding pimiento cheese is genius. Thanks, Debi!

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