Jasmine Rice Grits

Blend up some fragrant jasmine rice to make these deliciously, creamy jasmine rice grits to change up your weeknight side dishes.

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There are just some dishes that stay with you.  Jasmine Rice Grits is one of those dishes for me.  There use to be the most fabulous restaurant in Orlando in the Hyatt Grand Cypress.  It was a place we would go for very special occasions.  You sat in the kitchen and had a 9 course meal that was out of this world.  Hyatt in their infinite wisdom closed it this past year.  I was heart-broken.  In addition to the wonderful meat and seafood, the Chef would make Jasmine Rice Grits.  Jasmine rice has a slight perfume to it.  It doesn’t taste like perfume but it has an ever so slight floral spin to it.

I have been wanting to replicate this dish for a long time and finally I decided to make it.  Jasmine Rice Grits is so simple; I don’t know why I waited so long.  Having not been raised in the South, it was later in life when I first had them.  It was not love at first bite.  It took me a while, mostly serving them with a stew or something that had gravy.  Slowly I started to learn to make them creamier and fell in love with them.  My love of grits grew when I first tasted Jasmine Rice Grits.  They are creamy but more naturally flavorful because of the rice.  They cook exactly the same though.  This is a simple side dish but stands up to the most special of occasions.

I decided to put a little Asian spin on the Jasmine Rice Grits by using light coconut milk.  You can use coconut milk or any other milk you want.  The combination of milk and water will help with the creaminess and taste.  I also chose the combination of milk and water to cut calories.  You need a lot of liquid to make this and milk adds calories even if it is fat-free milk.  Feel free to use all milk just know the calories I have calculated at the bottom will not apply.

This is one of those dishes that is fun to serve to guests and see if they can guess what the grits are made from.  The color is a pretty good give away but it is always fun to serve friends something they are not expecting.  A little note about processing them.  You can process them in a small food processor or do it in batches in a clean spice grinder.  We have the “Mac Daddy” of spice grinder so I use it every chance I get.  It is a little thrill I get!  I know – FOOD GEEK!!

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Yields 6 servings

Jasmine Rice Grits

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/4 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 (14oz) can lite coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. light butter


  1. In a small food processor, process the rice until it is the consistency of grits. Some of the grains may be slightly bigger.
  2. Bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
  3. Whisk in the rice grits.
  4. Bring back to a boil; then reduce to a simmer. Stir frequently and cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice is done. If you need more liquid, add a little more water during the cooking.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter. Serve.

Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. I am from the South, and love my grits! I also love jasmine rice! I am going to have to try this ASAP! Thanks!
  2. This is a very interesting combo! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's
  3. If I'd let myself, I'd have grits every day. But I don't. To be honest, I never even thought of making "grits" from rice this way. What a concept! and love the twist you put on it. sounds great! xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May {PS - I'm giving away a Fitness Notebook & would love for you to win!}
  4. Yum! Simple and delicious, I have to try it!! :) I love finding healthier versions of comfort foods. Just found you via the hop on Hungry Little Girl, great blog!
  5. This sounds like a recipe I must try! My sister loves grits too, will share this recipe with her.
  6. This looks so good. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party. http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/01/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop_22.html Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
  7. Your Jasmine Rice Grits look fabulous! I came by your site a couple of times last week and it was down for repair, glad to see you are up and running again. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  8. Katherines Corner says
    yummy, I love jasmine rice, I love grits..I'll be right over, giggle. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo
  9. This sounds so fantastic! I just pinned this, so I will make it for sure! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - see you there next week with more deliciousness :)
  10. In step 1, what is the 'consistency of grits'? Thx
  11. could regular rice work
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Ellen, Absolutely as long as it is regular cooking rice. I used jasmine for it's slightly floral flavor. I love the idea of regular rice too.
  12. Hi! Thank you so much for this recipe! I went to the Grand Cypress for champagne brunch all the time with my grandparents growing up. It got to a point, after about 18 years of going there, that the chef, Orlando, knew me by name. Jasmine grits were my absolute favorite when I was there and Orlando would always make a huge bowl special for me. Recently, I told my fiancé about how much I wanted these and incidentally he found your recipe! Thank you SOOOOI much. I've been searching for this for years and to have it is amazing. All the best, Kerra
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kerra, I enjoyed reading your comment. My family and I talk about Grand Cypress all the time and really miss it too. Just heard Chef Orlando retired in December. I still hope they will reopen the brunch. Hope you enjoy the grits and they bring back happy memories for you both.


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