I start with 3 cups of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then add one cup of grits, stirring, add a dash of salt, and continue to stir for about 10 seconds. Reduce to "warm" or lowest setting on stovetop and cover. I cook for about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Before serving, I stir in 2-4 tbsp of butter and salt to taste. This is also a great time to add shredded or diced cheese.
From the package: