Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

A classic Southern dish you can make at home in minutes, Cheesy Shrimp and Grits is a creamy, comforting bowl of happy. Cheesy grits are topped with a healthy helping of tender shrimp swimming in a slightly spicy cream sauce that will keep you digging in for more.

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I spent years frequenting Hilton Head, SC visiting my mother in law.  It was kind of a luxury having a relative that lived smack dab in the middle of  “low country.”  When I was a teenager, I had the chance to spend two weeks right outside Charleston and that’s when my love affair with the south began.  So, it had been almost 15 years before I was able to get down there again….but after that I was a regular visitor biking along the coast while the Spanish moss blew in the breeze around me. Like a scene from a Nicholas Sparks novel minus the strapping young heartbreaker there to steal my heart.

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It’s a magical place with equally magical food, if you ever have the chance to visit…you must go. You MUST. One of my favorite things to eat every time I visited was Shrimp and Grits.  And everywhere you order it…it’s just a little bit different. Each restaurant has their own spin, their own secret recipe that has it’s own magical flavor that you just can’t get enough of.
A classic Southern dish you can make at home in minutes, Cheesy Shrimp and Grits is a creamy, comforting bowl of happy. Cheesy grits are topped with a healthy helping of tender shrimp swimming in a slightly spicy cream sauce that will keep you digging in for more.

Super easy and ready in minutes, this Cheesy Shrimp and Grits recipe is the BEST ever! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Everyone has their own take on Shrimp and Grits.  Even me, I love my grits extra creamy and loaded with cheese….hence, Cheesy Shrimp and Grits. A lot of places skip the cheese and you can too, but try it with the cheese and I promise you you’ll love it. The sauce is slightly creamy but not overly thick. It’s the perfect blanket for your shrimp, not too heavy….not too light.  Just right.  And I used yellow cornmeal grits….you can use white if you prefer but I love the vibrant yellow color it adds to the dish.  It’s like a bowl full of southern sunshine…but with shrimp and bacon and other goodness just ready for you to dig into. Drooling yet?

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Cheesy Shrimp and Grits couldn’t be easier to make.  I like to make the grits first so they’re perfect and smooth.  They take a few minutes of your attention at the beginning but the result is a velvety smooth bowl of heaven. Don’t.Stop.Stirring. Just don’t…until their done.

Super easy and ready in minutes, this Cheesy Shrimp and Grits recipe is the BEST ever! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

The shrimp and gravy comes together in about 15 minutes making this an easy weeknight dinner that will transport your tastebuds on a mini vacation.  I love them so much I even made a version for brunch for a Southern spin on Eggs Benedict.  And they go so well with a Blueberry Mint Julep to wash it all down. Then, maybe finish off the night with a slice of Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake…but that’s just a suggestion.

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Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: shrimp and grits
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 931 kcal
Author: Kellie

Quick and easy, Cheesy Shrimp and Grits comes together quickly and simply!

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Ingredients

GRITS:

  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal grits
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

SHRIMP & SAUCE:

  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp peeled & de-veined
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

PREPARE THE GRITS:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the milk, water and salt. Bring to a simmer. Whisk in the grits and continue whisking until they begin to thicken. (This will help eliminate lumps.) Continue to cook the grits for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Stir in the butter and cheese. Cover and set aside.

PREPARE THE SHRIMP & SAUCE:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined platter using a slotted spoon to drain.
  2. Return the skillet to the heat and add the shrimp to the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and keep warm.
  3. Add the onions to the skillet and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the onions/garlic and cook for an additional minute. Whisk in the chicken stock and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Whisk in the cream, butter, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the sauce starts to thicken more. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes- making sure not to overcook the shrimp. Stir in the bacon, green onions and parsley.
  4. SERVE:
  5. Spoon about 1 cup grits onto a plate and top with 4 to 5 shrimp. Pour about 1 cup gravy over the shrimp. Repeat with remaining grits and shrimp. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 931 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 30g 150%
Cholesterol 586mg 195%
Sodium 2735mg 114%
Potassium 708mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 56g 112%
Vitamin A 45.5%
Vitamin C 25.7%
Calcium 67%
Iron 27.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

One comment on “Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits”

  1. It looks so comforting!! My family will love this!

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