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Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: shrimp and grits
Servings: 4
Calories: 931 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 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
  • 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
  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.
  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.

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 931 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 586mg195%
Sodium 2735mg119%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 2275IU46%
Vitamin C 21.2mg26%
Calcium 670mg67%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.