Low Carb Cheese “Grits”

This low-carb cheese “grits” recipe is a keto friendly update on classic southern comfort food. Creamy, gooey, smoky goodness with just 3.8 net carbs per serving.

Have you ever noticed that southern cooking is not low-carb? Like there is no way in hell that you can sit down to a southern table on a Sunday after church without 900 grams of carbs staring up at you from the plate. So, one of the things I try to do is replicate my favorites as much as I can. Luckily fat is fine because I am not sure what I’d do without butter and bacon. You?

For this recipe, you’ll need: cauliflower, bacon, butter, hemp seeds, heavy cream, cream cheese, smoked Gouda cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

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Anyway, I love grits. When they are made well, and often they are not, they are creamy, salty, buttery goodness. I’ve had them at restaurants (I’m looking at you, Cracker Barrel) and considered taking the insipid, gluey mass of glop home to fill in nail holes in my walls. The thing is grits are really bland on their own and take on the flavor of what you add to them.

These low-carb cheese “grits” are smoky, salty, creamy yum on a plate. The cauliflower granules take on the flavor of the bacon while cooking and a little cream cheese and heavy cream add a nice creamy finish. The smoked Gouda just takes it over the top. I’ve left them plain here but they’ll make a great base for Cajun shrimp, sausage, or whatever you like. In fact, I have a brunch recipe coming up soon that uses these as a base so be sure to make these cheese grits at least once before I post it. That way you’ll be ahead on the learning curve, if you know what I mean.

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This recipe for low carb cheese “grits” makes enough for a huge single serving or two moderate servings — I’ll be honest, I ate the entire thing myself in one sitting. This is comfort food, pure and simple. It doesn’t taste low carb, it doesn’t feel low carb — it feels luxurious and southern. And yummy. So very yummy.

I like these with chiles mixed in, too. I mean, after all, Texas. And, on that note, chili is amazing spooned on top of a mound of this stuff, too. Beware though — once you’ve tried it you’ll be hooked. It’s so good.

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Low-Carb Cheese Grits

Smoky, creamy comfort food that is low carb, too. Cauliflower stands in for grits in this spin on a traditional southern favorite.
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American – low -carb, Southern
Keyword cheese, grits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 419kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 6 ounces raw cauliflower
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 ounces Gouda shredded of smoked
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • garlic powder Pinch of
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pulse the cauliflower in the blender until it looks like small granules. Set aside.
  • Fry the bacon slowly in the pan until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan and set it aside; leave the bacon grease in the pan.
  • Add the butter to the bacon grease and allow it to melt.
  • Add the ground cauliflower and hemp seed.
  • Saute for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the cream, water, and cream cheese.
  • Simmer until the mixture is creamy and the cauliflower is tender. You may need to add a little more water to keep the mixture from going dry.
  • Stir in the smoked gouda, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Add the crumbled bacon.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 3.5mg

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36 thoughts on “Low Carb Cheese “Grits””

  1. Oh my word!!! These are amazing!!! I thought I was loved your grits recipe with the almonds, but you nailed it with these cheese grits! New addiction I my kitchen ????

    1. Rachel D Eggers

      5 stars
      I added mini bell peppers and zucchini sauteed with the bacon. And did 4 sliced of bacon. I split the result into 2 meals and served with 2 fried eggs on top. Delicious!!!! Couldnt tell the difference!

    2. Amazing creativity Rachel ! Thank you for sharing. So glad you created something wonderful. Happy creating and cooking !!

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