Grits may be a Southern specialty, but that doesn’t mean only the South can enjoy them! This porridge-like dish can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so many families like to make a big pot of them and keep the leftovers to eat later. So how exactly can you reheat grits?
You can reheat grits using a microwave, stovetop, or oven, but it’s important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t reheat grits dry. Doing so can result in a thick, gummy-like texture that just doesn’t have the same delicious taste as when they’re properly reheated.
Methods for reheating grits
Grits don’t take very long to reheat, but it can be easy to overcook them and ruin the texture. Don’t fret, though! It’s entirely possible to reheat grits so that they’re just as yummy as when you first cooked them. Take a look at the methods below to reheat your leftover grits and enjoy them for multiple meals.
Reheating on the stovetop
This is the best method for reheating grits since it’s an easy way to control the heat to ensure they don’t get overcooked. To use this method:
- Pour your grits into a non-stick pan over medium heat
- Add water, milk, or stock – just enough to soften the grits without giving them a watery consistency
- Stir the grits constantly until they’re heated all the way through
It’s as simple as that! Make sure that you don’t cook using high heat since this can dry the grits out and give them the gummy texture that we’re trying to avoid.
Reheating in the microwave
Reheating grits in the microwave is a quicker, more convenient method, but they may not heat as well using this method as they do on the stovetop. To use this method:
- Pour your grits into a microwave-safe bowl
- Like with the stovetop method, add some water, milk to stock to soften the grits
- Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds
- Once they’re heated all the way through, let them cool a bit and enjoy!
Reheating in the oven
Lastly, you can reheat grits in the oven. Similar to the microwave method, the grits may not heat as well using the method, but it can be a convenient option if you don’t have time to cook on the stovetop. To use this method:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Pour the grits into a heat-resistant container and add milk, water, or stock to soften them
- Cook with the lid on for a few minutes until heated all the way through
- Remove, allow the grits to cool, and serve
Can you refrigerate leftover grits?
Cooked grits can be stored in the fridge for up to five days. Keep them in a sealed container and make sure to heat them thoroughly when you decide to enjoy them again.
If you want to store your grits longer, you may consider freezing them instead. To do this, simply divide the grits into smaller containers (about two servings or so) for easier reheating. Once frozen, grits can last for up to three months.
Can leftover grits go bad?
Like with any other cooked food, grits can spoil if not properly stored in a fridge or freezer shortly after cooking. According to the USDA, you shouldn’t leave any cooked foods – including grits – out for too long after cooking. If your leftovers have sat out at room temperature for over two hours, your safest bet is to toss them out.
Grits make a delicious addition to any meal. By ensuring proper storage and reheating, you can make them ahead of time and enjoy your leftovers for several days after cooking without comprising taste or texture!