Vegan Grits are a super creamy side dish that's perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Dress up your next brunch with this 4-ingredient dish.
VEGAN GRITS RECIPE
I'm always looking for simple side dish recipes. It doesn't get any easier than these Vegan Grits!
Grits are usually a breakfast side dish, but there's no time you can't serve this 4-ingredient corn dish. Skip the dairy and make yours with just nutritional yeast, vegetable broth, and a little vegan butter.
INGREDIENTS IN VEGAN GRITS
Corn grits: There are two types of grits — yellow grits and white grits. They're made from different colors of corn but essentially cook the same! I always use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Grits to keep my vegan side dish gluten-free, too!
Nutritional yeast: I love to use nutritional yeast as a cheesy, creamy addition! It brings tons of nutrients and gives these grits an extra kick of flavor.
Vegetable broth: Grits, like rice, need to be simmered in liquid. You can use water instead in a pinch, but veggie broth adds more flavor to this side dish.
Vegan butter: Grits are best finished with a little salt and vegan butter. You can always skip this step, but I highly recommend it!
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HOW TO MAKE VEGAN GRITS
- First, prep and measure all your ingredients!
- Then, add the vegetable broth in a medium saucepan on the stove.
- Next, whisk into the nutritional yeast.
- Now, bring the broth mixture to a boil.
- One it's boiling, whisk in the Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free grits slowly. Then, lower the heat and let it simmer uncovered until it thickens. Like rice, the grits will absorb most of the liquid.
- Finally, add some vegan butter to the pan and stir until it melts. Serve warm and enjoy!
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH VEGAN GRITS
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WHAT ARE GRITS?
Grits sound like a strange product that's not approachable, but it's just ground corn!
There are tons of brands, but I recommend steering clear from quick-cook grits. I prefer yellow corn grits because they have a stronger corn flavor and I LOVE corn.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Grits are a great flavor with nothing extra added and all the flavor. You can also use white grits for this vegan grits recipe.
ARE GRITS VEGAN?
On their own, grits are 100% vegan! They're nothing but plant-based material.
Grits, simply, are ground corn. They're similar to polenta but a slightly different size and texture. It's also similar to cornmeal, but less fine.
However, many grits recipes are filled with butter, cream, and cheese. But you can easily make flavorful grits without the dairy!
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- Sauce pan
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 cup corn grits
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- Heat the vegetable broth in a medium saucepan.
- Whisk in the nutritional yeast and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Once boiling, slowly whisk in the grits. Continue whisking the entire time. Simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the grits thicken.
- Add vegan butter to the pan, and stir to melt.
All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.