Southern Shrimp & Grits

26 06 2009


This is a very well known dish around here. The last time I had this was at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans in a BBQ Shrimp form with brie mixed in the grits. It was decadent and wonderful!

DH’s dad gave us a bunch of frozen shrimp and at first, I was going to make a Shrimp Scampi. However, after watching a throwdown for Shrimp & Grits, DH and I changed our minds. ūüôā

We knew that we couldn’t have the heavier versions featured, so I turned to Cooking Light online for some inspiration and I found a great recipe! I will say, the only thing we will do next time is omit the bell peppers. DH and I agreed that it just tasted like it didn’t belong in there at all.

Southern Shrimp & Grits
Source: Cooking Light


  • 3¬† tablespoons¬† fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2¬† teaspoon¬† hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 1/2¬† pounds¬† peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2¬† bacon slices, chopped
  • 1¬† cup¬† frozen chopped onion
  • 1/4¬† cup¬† frozen chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2¬† teaspoons¬† bottled minced garlic
  • 1¬† cup¬† fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2¬† cup¬† chopped green onions, divided
  • 5¬† cups¬† water
  • 1 1/2¬† cups¬† uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1¬† tablespoon¬† butter
  • 1¬† teaspoon¬† salt
  • 3/4¬† cup¬† (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in shrimp mixture, broth, and 1/4 cup green onions; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring frequently.

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually add grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter and salt. Serve shrimp mixture over grits; sprinkle with cheese and remaining green onions.

Nutritional Information
Serves 6

Calories: 408, Fat: 12.5 g, Fiber: 2g




5 responses

26 06 2009

I have never been a fan of grits, but this looks really tasty!

26 06 2009
The Home Cook

Looks sensational! I love shrimp and grits but have never made grits at home…I might have to try this since we’ve got some frozen shrimp in the freezer. ūüôā

26 06 2009

You’d be so surprised how easy grits are to make!

26 06 2009

Oooh, this looks delicious and my husband who loves shrimp would devour this for sure!

10 09 2009
Shrimp and Grits « Bella’s Bistro

[…] to do without cheese and/or heavy cream.¬† That is, until today.¬† I came across this recipe on Skinny Food by Amy and decided to give it a […]

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