sweet potato grits

$1.63 recipe / $0.27 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.80 from 5 votes
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Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients. They’re inexpensive, packed full of nutrients, and, most importantly, DELICIOUS. So, when my coworker told me about seeing someone make sweet potato grits on a chef reality TV show, I was all like, “Yes ma’am, I will be making those IMMEDIATELY.”

I tasted these grits throughout the cooking process and I have to say, there are about a million different ways they could be prepared. I ended up adding a little cinnamon and nutmeg, but leaving the sweetener out because they were so rich and delicious already. You can serve it with brown sugar or maple syrup if you’d like, but they’re also good without. Even before adding the spices, these grits were so delicious that I could have eaten a whole bowl. You could even take them the savory route and add a little cheese and savory spice, which would also be awesome. The sky’s the limit.

And the cherry on top? I got a 2 lb. bag of grits for $1.53. That’s a lot of breakfast for a little money!

Sweet Potato Grits

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Sweet Potato Grits

4.80 from 5 votes
A rich and creamy sweet potato grits that can be eaten either sweet or savory!
Servings 6
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/4 lb sweet potato ($0.78)
  • 4 cups water ($0.00)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 1 cup uncooked yellow grits ($0.27)
  • 1 cup milk ($0.25)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.24)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg ($0.02)

Instructions 

  • Rinse the sweet potato to remove any dirt and then prick with a fork. Loosely wrap the sweet potato in a paper towel, place on a microwave safe plate, and then microwave for 5 minutes on high. Squeeze the sweet potato to see if it is soft all the way through, and microwave for a few minutes longer if it isn’t. Allow the sweet potato to cool slightly, and then scoop out the cooked flesh.
  • Cook the grits according to the package directions. (Add four cups of water and one teaspoon of salt to a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once it reaches a rolling boil, pour in the uncooked grits. Stir the mixture until it comes back up to a boil, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting, place a lid on top, and let simmer for ten minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, add the cooked sweet potato flesh to a blender and add just enough milk to allow the sweet potato to blend into a puree. I used about one cup of milk. It’s okay if there are a few sweet potato chunks.
  • After the grits have cooked, remove the lid and give them a good stir to help them finish absorbing the water. Add the sweet potatoes and stir until well mixed. Next add the butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir again until smooth. Taste and adjust salt, butter, or other seasonings to your liking. Serve hot.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 245.85kcalCarbohydrates: 36.77gProtein: 4.75gFat: 9.03gSodium: 600.72mgFiber: 2.5g
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Step By Step Photos

sweet potato being pricked with fork
Rinse off the sweet potato and prick it with a fork. Wrap it loosely in a paper towel, place on a microwave safe plate, and the microwave on high for 5 minutes. Squeeze the sweet potato to make sure it is soft all the way through, and microwave longer if needed.

cooked sweet potato cut in half
Allow the sweet potato to cool slightly, then cut it open and scoop out the flesh.

sea salt being added to boiling water
Cook the grits according to the package directions (instant grits will have different instructions than regular grits, etc. You can use either). Mine said to bring 4 cups of water to a boil along with 1 teaspoon of salt. Someone once asked what type of salt I use, so here it is :)

grits about to be poured into boiling water
Once the water reaches a rolling boil, pour in the grits…

grits cooking in boiling water
Stir the grits into the boiling water and then allow it to come back up to a full boil (this happened almost instantly for me). Then turn the burner down to its lowest setting, place a lid on top, and let it simmer for ten minutes.

blended sweet potatoes with milk
While the grits are simmering, puree the sweet potato with some milk. Only use enough milk to allow the sweet potato to blend… it’s okay if there are a few chunks, you’re just trying to get rid of the slightly stringy texture and make them easy to stir into the grits.

cooked grits in pot
Once the grits have simmered for ten minutes, give them a good stir. They may seem watery at first, but as you stir they’ll thicken up nicely.

sweet potato puree added to cooked grits
Add the sweet potato puree and stir to combine.

spices and butter added to pot
Next add the butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg (or whatever spices you’d like). Stir to combine. The sweet potatoes are already so creamy that you barely need any butter at all. I tasted the mixture before the butter and spices and it was already deeeelish.

finished sweet potato grits in pot
I left mine unsweetened, but you could certainly add some brown sugar or maple syrup if you’d like.

Bowl of sweet potato grits
Enjoy!

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  1. First time making grits (I’m from the Midwest). I followed the recipe and added brown sugar and it was amazing. I had problems blending the sweet potato in my shake blender, it was too big and exploded out… I’ll use my large food processor next time.

  2. I’m envisioning these savory as a different take on shrimp and grits. Can’t wait to try them

  3. I never make my grits with plain ol water anymore! I use half milk( or 1/2 n 1/2 or heavy cream) and half chicken or vegetable stock. The difference is amazing!

  4. I am also a native Mississippi gal. I would never have considered mixing anything sweetish like the cinnamon and nutmeg or milk or sweetner ( those are for my oatmeal). My Yankee cousins are opposite with both oatmeal and grits. I love sweet potato. That is what my tummy wanted tonight as I struggled to fix a simple water spice broth to try to flush my appendix which is killing me. I also love grits. I am adopting more and more oatmeal as my health is not good. I will not try this recipe though as a sweet spice version, the thought makes me feel ill. But I am open to trying it as a savory served with a broiled chicken breast or salmon with some grilled veggies.

  5. I’m from Mississippi so grits are a staple breakfast item for me. I would have never thought of adding a sweet potato to grits. I added some brown sugar, sausage, and bacon and my God was it good! Thanks for this unique and yummy recipe.

    1. I’m also a southern girl, New Orleans, LOUISIANA! If tolerable try coconut or almond milk instead. I make my grits with coconut milk all the time, I top with greens sauteed with onions, garlic, sometimes add goat or feta cheese! Delicious! I’ve made several recipes using sweet potatoes, but never grits, must try.😍

  6. I just made these with unsweetened almond milk and butter (skipped the nutmeg/cinnamon) and served them under a couple poached eggs – delicious! I’ll likely eat the rest like hot cereal butter/spices.

  7. What would you serve with this? I’m hosting a brunch for 10 -12 people this weekend and would like to serve this up with something that’s easy to prep before guests arrive and easy to serve whenever guests are ready to eat.

  8. I’m hosting brunch for about 10 people this weekend and would like to include these on the menu. What would you serve with this for company?

  9. Great, simple and filling recipe! I used sweet potatoes, not yams, so mine maintained just a slight golden color and I used half & half for an even creamier base! I cooked them in a Dutch Oven while camping and they were a huge hit with everybody, even the kids came back for more! Thank you for sharing!

  10. This was my first time ever cooking or trying grits, so take this for what it’s worth. My grits were bought in the bulk bin at a natural food store so they had no cooking directions. I followed your cooking directions and they tasted very salty. I use sea salt. Did I buy some junky grits? Final product also stayed very soupy even after additional simmering and the texture was strange with lots of little bit of what seemed like the hull of the corn kernels that are hard to chew and get stuck in your teeth like when you eat popcorn. Is that normal and I just don’t know the first thing about grits? thanks setting me straight and for all your great recipes!

    1. Hmmm. I’m not an expert on grits either, but I’m wondering if mine were “quick cooking” grits and yours were just regular milled corn (kind of like the difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats, they cook very differently). I just followed the instructions on my bag of grits, so I’m thinking they may have been different!

    2. Being from the South and having eaten grits my whole life, it sounds like you didn’t cook them long enough. They shouldn’t be watery, and the hard pieces mean that those parts didn’t cook. It should be soft and creamy. Not watery and hard. :)

  11. Hey Beth I mentioned this to u and haven’t tried it yet, but my next off day I will make me sum sweet potato grits:):):):):)