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Fried Sausage Grits

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.


6-8 servings

Updated: Mar. 19, 2022

My mother used to make a version of this recipe using hominy and salmon. One day I substituted sausage and grits and decided I liked it better than the original.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Cornmeal
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil; slowly add grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until very thick; set aside.
  2. In a skillet, cook and crumble sausage until browned; drain. Add sausage and onion to grits; mix well. Spoon into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Chill overnight.
  3. Remove from pan; cut into 1/2-in. slices. Roll slices in cornmeal. In a large skillet, fry in oil until golden brown on both sides.

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