Grits are a classic Southern staple known for their creamy texture and versatility. While traditionally cooked on the stovetop, using a microwave can save you time and effort without compromising on taste. In this article, I will guide you through a simple and convenient recipe on how to cook grits in the microwave.

1. How To Cook Grits in the Microwave


  • 1/4 cup grits (quick-cooking or regular)
  • 1 cup water or milk (for a creamier result)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: butter, cheese, or other desired toppings


Prepare the Grits

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the grits, water or milk, and salt. Stir well to ensure the grits are evenly distributed in the liquid.

Microwave on High Power

Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high power for 2 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot) and stir the grits to prevent lumps from forming.

Continue Cooking

Return the bowl to the microwave and cook for an additional 2 minutes on high power.
Stir the grits again to ensure they are cooking evenly.

Final Cooking Time

Depending on the type of grits you are using (quick-cooking or regular), you may need to cook for an additional 1 to 3 minutes. Check the consistency and texture of the grits after each additional minute of cooking, stirring well to prevent lumps.

Adjust Consistency

If the grits are too thick for your liking, you can add a little more water or milk and stir until you reach your desired consistency.

Add Toppings and Serve

Once the grits are cooked to your desired consistency, remove the bowl from the microwave. Stir in any desired toppings, such as butter, cheese, or a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Allow the grits to cool for a moment before serving to avoid burning your mouth.

Cooking grits in the microwave provides a quick and convenient method to enjoy this beloved Southern dish. By following the simple recipe outlined above, you can savor creamy and satisfying grits in just a matter of minutes. The microwave method saves you time and effort, making it an ideal option for busy mornings or when you’re craving a comforting meal without the hassle of stovetop cooking.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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