Overnight Slow Cooker Grits and Breakfast Casserole

We’ve enjoyed this simple, celebratory breakfast on Christmas for many years now. Perfect for any easy going weekend breakfast or brunch. Certainly fast food for slow Sundays.

Overnight Slow Cooker Grits


  1. Amount of grits for your family. (I make the amount for eight servings)
  2. Double amount of water suggested in directions.
  3. Salt
  4. Topping suggestions: butter, shredded cheese, splash of half and half (makes it nice and creamy)


  1. Following directions on the package of grits, add amount for your family to slow cooker.
  2. Double the amount of water in directions.
  3. Add salt as directed.
  4. Cover and cook on low at least seven hours.
  5. Check towards the end of cooking to see if you need to add a touch of water.


Regular grits are best for maximum creaminess. However, all I’ve been able to find lately is quick grits. Quick grits cooked on their own, on the stove or in the microwave are a bit grainy, I think. But they turn out nice and smooth with this recipe!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 7 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

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A bowl full of comfort on a cool morning. A delicious highlight for brunch. (And a shout out to my childhood friend, Shelley, for sharing this recipe with me oh those many years ago.)

I also serve Breakfast Casserole, which I tuck in the fridge the night before then pull out and cook as soon as we get up Christmas morning. Here are a few links for your browsing pleasure:

Plus a side of turkey bacon and Mama Ann’s Morning Bars.

For more Sunday lunch ideas – that can be enjoyed any day of the week, see Fast Food for Slow Sundays at Habits for a Happy Home or the other recipes posted in the Fast Food for Slow Sundays category.
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  1. 3

    Jon Wright says

    I’m looking at a Quaker Old Fashioned Grits container and the only serving sizes listed are 1, 4 and 6. The ratio of water-to-grits changes with each one. How many cups of water and grits do use to get 8 servings?

    Thanks for the recipe and your time!

    • 4


      I just double the amounts for the serving size for 4. Sometimes I need to add a little extra water when I first check it in the morning. But it always turns out just right! Thanks for helping me clarify the amounts.

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    Dawn Tatsch says

    Thank you for posting this recipe; we love grits! Another topping suggestion: pepper-jack cheese. I have found non-instant grits at the health food store. An alternative to cooking in the crock pot may be to soak the grits overnight in a large sauce pan and simply bring to a boil before eating. Old Fashioned oatmeal can be prepared the same way.

  3. 6

    Vicky says

    I need to cook for a large group and this crock pot grit recipe sounds great. Have you ever doubled the amount? I have a large crock pot, so maybe 12 servings would fit? Just wondering if it would cook in the same amount of time. I may have to experiment in the next few days. Please let me know if you have made larger quantities.
    Thank you

  4. 8

    Christina says

    Was just looking for a crock pot recipe for our usual microwaved grits. Im due with baby #4 in two months and we have a new puppy being house trained… we have three kiddos 5, 3, and 2. Those 15-25 minutes of fixing breakfast, I just can’t pull it off! We love our grits with butter, salt, and brown sugar… oh yummo! thanks for this time saver! Going to toss some in now!

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    Roz says

    I’m not sure what went wrong but I have a crock pot full of water (after 7 hours on low)! Very disappointed and now have to attend a department breakfast covered dish at work empty handed :-(

    • 12

      Julia says

      I think you’re doubling the grits amount as well as the water amount. I was having a hard time believing I should add 6 cups of water to 1 cup of grits.
      I’m going with 2 cups grits, 6 cups water, 1 tsp salt.
      Thank you for the post!

    • 13

      Audrey says

      I, too, had water and uncooked grits after 7 hours, and I followed the recommended ratio. I suspect it may have to do with differences in crock pots. I used my small one for the test run, which heats at a slightly lower temperature than my big one. That slight difference might be enough to make a difference for the grits. I also used Quaker’s Old Fashioned grits, rather than quick grits, because I thought that’s what the author meant by “regular” grits. I may have been wrong in that interpretation. :)

      Since this was an experiment, I let them go, and at 15 hours of cooking time, they’re starting to look like grits. I’m going to try this again in my big crock to see what happens.

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    Jenny says

    Do you double suggested water amount for microwave or stove directions? Thanks! Thinking of this for our Christmas morning too! Thanks for sharing!

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      Hi Jenny – I double the stove directions and put it on about 10 pm Christmas Eve. That way I can check on it when we are up bright and early opening gifts and it is ready for breakfast once folks are hungry! Merry Christmas :)

    • 18


      Sakes! I am not sure how to answer that but can suggest that you get several slow cookers going. The key is to double the water amount suggested on the package. But having never made that much myself I cannot be sure!

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