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Shrimp and Cheesy Grits
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

When you think of Southern Cuisine does Shrimp and Cheesy Grits come to mind? If it doesn't you need to try this easy to make authentic southern recipe. This Classic dish will soon become a family favorite!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy grits, shrimp, southern cooking
Servings: 4
Calories: 789 kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley
Cheesy Grits
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 treaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup stone-ground grits*
  • 2 cup Cabot sharp cheddar cheese shredded (one 8 ounce bar)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (one half a stick)
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, I used 16-20 count
  • 6 strips bacon cut in 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • hot sauce optional - to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley fine chop for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons scallions thinly sliced on bias for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half long way as garnish
  1. Add chicken broth and milk, to a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Add a pinch of salt and the grits, whisking together. Bring back to a low boil as you continue to stir. Reduce heat to low, Cover grits and continue simmer for20-25 minutes or until grits are soft and creamy and fully cooked.

  2. While grits are cooking, cook the bacon strips until crispy. Set aside and allow to fully drain on a paper towel.  Save one to two tablespoons of the bacon grease to cook the shrimp in.

  3. When grits are finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in the butter and shredded Cabot cheddar cheese, mixing until fully incorporated. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. Keep covered until ready to serve. Stir grits well before serving.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot add 1-2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. 

  5. Dredge the shrimp in the combined smoked paprika and cajun seasonings. Add the shrimp and sliced garlic to the pan cooking the shrimp on each side for one to two minutes depending upon the size of the shrimp.

  6. When the shrimp are done, add a layer of cheesy grits to a serving dish or individual plates or bowls. Top with seared seasoned shrimp and garnish with bacon, tomato halves, scallions and parsley. 

  7.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Grits of your choice can be substituted. Follow cooking directions on package.

**Prepared shrimp should be peeled, deveined, rinsed in cold water and patted dry with paper towels.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Cheesy Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 789 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 25g125%
Cholesterol 408mg136%
Sodium 2013mg84%
Potassium 562mg16%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 2505IU50%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 688mg69%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.