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13 Best Southern Breakfast Recipes

These recipes are pure comfort.
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Whether you live in the South or you're just craving some down-home cooking, you can't go wrong with a Southern-style breakfast recipe. From buttermilk pancakes to biscuits to grits, Southern food is pure comfort, no matter what meal you're eating.

With that in mind, we rounded up some of the best Southern breakfast recipes out there. Dig in!

And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Cracker Barrel Pancakes

Copycat cracker barrel pancake recipe for breakfast with butter and syrup
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Cracker Barrel is a classic Southern chain, and what better way to start off your day than with a homemade version of the restaurant's famous pancakes? They're even better with homemade buttermilk, too.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes.

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Shrimp and Grits

Low-calorie shrimp and grits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If your breakfast is more of a brunch, you can't go wrong with one of the ultimate Southern foods: shrimp and grits. It's delicious, and you'll be full for hours.

Get our recipe for Shrimp and Grits

Southern-Style Biscuits

Low-calorie flaky southern biscuits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Is it a Southern meal if there aren't biscuits involved? Add some homemade ones to your breakfast table for an instant meal upgrade.

Get our recipe for Southern-Style Biscuits

Smokey Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Healthy smokey deviled eggs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Deviled eggs are a delicious way to add protein to your meal. Our recipe takes things up a notch by adding bacon.

Get our recipe for Smokey Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Iced Tea

iced tea pitcher with glasses of iced tea

Sweet tea is a favorite part of any Southern meal, no matter what time of day it is. This recipe is not too sweet—it's just right.

Get our recipe for Iced Tea

The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

Hashbrown Casserole

Serving up copycat Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole with coffee
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

This is another classic Cracker Barrel dish that's easy to recreate at home. It's delicious served with eggs and bacon!

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

Chicken and Waffles

chicken and waffles
Courtesy of The Baker Mama

Don't think fried chicken and sweet waffles go together? Think again! This is a tried-and-true combination that's graced countless Southern tables during brunch hours.

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama


cornbread slice with honey
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

Cornbread is delicious alongside chili. But if you're not a huge biscuit fan, why not add it to your breakfast spread, too? Cornbread with honey butter to go with your fried eggs? Say no more.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

White Peppercorn Gravy

fried chicken topped with white gravy
Courtesy of Sweet Phi

Come on, you need some gravy to go with those breakfast biscuits! This recipe uses just six ingredients, most of which are probably already in your kitchen.

Get the recipe from Sweet Phi

Honey Jalapeño Zucchini Cornbread Waffles

cornbread waffle with turkey bacon egg and avocado
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Somewhere between corn fritters and cornbread are these waffles, which have jalapeño for an extra kick.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

Cheesy Ham & Grits Breakfast Casserole

ham and grits casserole in a baking dish
Courtesy of Five Heart Home

Bored with regular grits? Try making a grits-based casserole for an instant upgrade.

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home

Southern-Style Breakfast Potatoes

closeup of breakfast potatoes
Courtesy of Katies Cucina

It's not all grits and biscuits. If you're looking to add a hearty veggie to your morning meal, look no further than this easy recipe.

Get the recipe from Katie's Cucina

Pimento Cheese Dip

pimento cheese bread spread with knife

From using it to top biscuits to adding it to a chicken sandwich, pimento cheese is a perennial favorite among southerners.

Get the recipe from Heartbeet Kitchen

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