To cook grits, use five cups of water to one cup of coarsely ground grits. If thicker grits are desired, reduce the water to four and half cups. Alternatively, meat or vegetable stock can be used instead of water.
To cook grits, bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Lower the heat and slowly pour in the grits. Allow them to simmer while stirring constantly for three to five minutes, or until they thicken. Next, lower the heat again and let the grits cook for 40 to 50 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Once they are finished, mix in butter and salt to taste.