Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 40 Mins
Makes about 32

Grits are treasured like gold in the South. These Bacon-Grits Fritters are the perfect Southern delicacy to introduce to your family and friends. Watch them quickly disappear!

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare grits according to package directions, using 4 cups milk and 1 tsp. salt. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and next 3 ingredients, stirring until cheese is melted. Spoon mixture into a lightly-greased 8-inch square baking dish or pan, and chill 4 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Roll grits into 1 1/2-inch balls. Whisk together eggs and 1/4 cup water. Dip balls in egg wash, and roll in breadcrumbs.

Step 3

Pour oil to depth of 3 inches in a large, heavy skillet; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry fritters, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Keep fritters warm on a wire rack in a pan in a 225° oven up to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Step 4

Make ahead: Prepare recipe as directed through Step Cover and chill in a single layer up to 4 hours. Fry as directed. You may also prepare through Step 2 and freeze on a baking sheet for 30 minutes or until firm. Transfer to a zip-top plastic bag, and freeze. Cook frozen fritters as directed in Step 3, increasing cooking time to 5 to 6 minutes or until golden and centers are thoroughly heated.

Ratings & Reviews

Ashley12345678's Review

October 19, 2013
This recipe isn't the best on it's own, but it was a great base! One user mentioned that it wasn't "knock-your-socks-off" good, but here's what you need to do to get it there: Start by using either a) half chicken stock and half milk or b) half water and half milk with a packet of onion soup mix. Add 2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning and add cayenne and black pepper to taste. Also, I sauteed my green onions with a red bell pepper in the same pan that I cooked the bacon in. (Drain the oil first, of course.) Serve with hot sauce and it's a hit! I brought these to a breakfast potluck and they were gone before I had a chance to grab one for myself!

AtlGal's Review

November 30, 2013
Made these for a football party today and they were a major hit! I did use a bit more bacon and also added some cayenne pepper to give them a little zing, and I served them with a side of creamy horseradish sauce for dipping...they were devoured, even amongst a myriad of other appetizers! Definitely recommend giving them a try!

CutlassBob71's Review

August 18, 2014
I have been looking for a recipe for cheesy grits and shrimp that makes individuals like this. This one is a great idea. I think I will take the advice of the other reviewer on the chicken stock, and additional spice, with some extra bacon and then place a small shrimp inside of each one. I can't wait!!! Perhaps 2 batches......

ShannonP's Review

January 19, 2011
These were good, but not as "knock-your-socks-off" scrumptious as I'd hoped. They were fairly easy to make, although a bit time-consuming. If you are short on time, you can skip chilling for four hours--just place them in the freezer for about an hour.

PattyC's Review

April 24, 2011
This recipe was cheesy deliciousness! We put the grits in the freezer for an hour to speed up the process, otherwise, we prepared as directed. What we did change was that we served it with roasted red pepper coulis....without this it might have been too simple. Here is the recipe....1 roasted red pepper, 2 T. red wine vinegar and salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Blend all ingredients with a mini blender or immersion blender.

Tigger's Review

December 18, 2011
These were awesome! I cooked the grits in the same thing I cooked the bacon in(after draining the grease). YUMMY!!!!!

tink915's Review

September 27, 2012
What is the red dipping sauce?

KathiinTN's Review

September 28, 2012

2 of my Favorite Things!

December 01, 2016
Delicious! I recommend doubling the recipe if it's more than a couple people. Up the bacon & use whatever shredded cheese you prefer.