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Southern Shrimp & Grits

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Hello and welcome to Thursday! How’s your day going? Good I hope! I previewed this recipe a little on my Instagram age last night (@living.in.sugar) because hearing bacon sizzle is my happy place. #imiright Anyway, if you’re looking for a quick and easy week night meal, you’ve come to the right place! Southern Shrimp & Grits. Delicious. And if you’re not a *grit* fan — after this recipe you will be. Trust.

southern Shrimp and Grits

So this dinner comes together super fast and the melody of flavors — ugh. It just takes me back to my childhood.

For those that don’t know, I consider myself a southerner — born in Texas but settled in northern Florida for my adolescent years. Also having been raised by parents from Georgia, I’ve eaten Grits my entire life.

Now in the south, grits are usually white hominy corn, ground fine and served with salt and butter. Grits are basically just a conveyance for salt and butter into your body. Amazing.

Now, while I wouldn’t advocate for eating them everyday — this recipe is a great excuse to get a little bit of grits in your life!

So lets get to it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Grits:

  • Water
  • Grits (I used Quaker Grits)
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Shredded Sharp cheddar cheese

For the Shrimps:

  • med-large raw shrimp; peeled & deveined
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Red Pepper Flake
  • Salt

Begin by cooking the Grits. Follow the directions of whatever brand you choose, but most likely it will look something like this:

Bring 4 Cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tsp of salt and whisk 1 Cup of Grits into the briskly boiling water. Reduce heat to low and cover, simmering for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once grits are creamy and absorbed the water, add 1/4 cup unsalted butter and salt to taste. Whisk to incorporate.

Southern Shrimp & Grits Grits in boiling water
Southern Shrimp & Grits adding butter to the grits

At this point, you can add a 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese if you would like to make cheesy grits — this is completely optional, but a delicious addition. My husband likes his grits this way, but I usually don’t (what can I say, I’m a purist) — which is why you wont see them in the pictures. I usually serve myself and then add cheese to the remainder of the grits for him.

*Tip: Whisking, instead of stirring, the Grits will put air into the grits making the light and fluffy.*

While the grits are cooking, prep the ingredients for the Shrimp portion of the dish. (I used frozen shrimp, so I defrosted them in the sink under running water before starting the grits) But as this is a fast dish, you’ll want to have everything prepped (i.e. chopped) and ready to go into the pan.

Just as the grits are finishing cooking (you can turn the heat off on the grits after about 20 minutes and they will stay warm) begin cooking the bacon in a heavy skillet (I used cast-iron) over medium heat. You want to use enough bacon to have some of the grease in the bottom of the pan, about 2 tablespoons. This is about 6 rashers of bacon for me, but depending on the type of bacon that you use, this may be different.

Southern Shrimp & Grits bacon in the pan
Southern Shrimp & Grits cooked bacon

Once the bacon is cooked and rendered the fat, remove it from the pan and set aside on some paper towels to drain.

Next, lower the heat to low and add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the bacon fat and cook for about 30 seconds. Follow with the thawed shrimp. (pro-tip: pat off any excess moisture on the shrimp to minimize popping in the pan).

Southern Shrimp & Grits cooking the garlic
Southern Shrimp & Grits Shrimp in the pan

Cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes, until they start to turn opaque and pink. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice (half of a lemon squeezed into the pan), the chopped parsley, salt to taste and lastly, crumble in the cooked bacon. Stir to combine and heat everything through.

Serve over the grits and enjoy!

southern Shrimp and Grits

And there you have it, southern Shrimp and Grits — Southern food at its finest. Are you a grit believer yet?? Lets dive in!

Southern Shrimp & Grits

Get a taste of the south with this easy southern shrimp and grits recipe. Not a fan of grits? this recipe will change your mind!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword shrimp and grits, southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 People

Ingredients

For the Grits:

  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Grits I used Quaker Grits
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 2-3 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Sharp cheddar cheese shredded (as desired)

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 Pound med-large raw shrimp; peeled & deveined
  • 4-6 pieces of center-cut bacon
  • 1/4 Red Onion; Chopped
  • 5-6 Garlic Gloves; Chopped
  • 3 tsp Fresh Parsley; Chopped
  • 1/2 of a Lemon
  • 1 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Begin by cooking the Grits. Follow the directions of whatever brand you choose, but most likely it will look something like this: Bring 4 Cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tsp of salt and whisk 1 Cup of Grits into the briskly boiling water. Reduce heat to low and cover, simmering for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once grits are creamy and absorbed the water, add 1/4 cup unsalted butter and salt to taste. Whisk to incorporate. *Tip: Whisking, instead of stirring, the Grits will put air into the grits making the light and fluffy. * At this point, you can add a 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese if you would like to make cheesy grits — this is completely optional, but a delicious addition.
  2. While the grits are cooking, prep the ingredients for the Shrimp portion of the dish. (I used frozen shrimp, so I defrosted them in the sink before starting the grits. But as this is a fast dish, you’ll want to have everything prepped (i.e. chopped) and ready to go into the pan.)
  3. Just as the grits are finishing cooking (you can turn the heat off on the grits after about 20 minutes and they will stay warm) begin cooking the bacon in a heavy skillet (I used cast-iron) over medium heat. You want to use enough bacon to have some of the grease in the bottom of the pan, about 2 tablespoons. This is about 6 rashers of bacon for me, but depending on the type of bacon that you use, this may be different.
  4. Once the bacon is cooked and rendered the fat, remove it from the pan and set aside on some paper towels to drain.
  5. Next, lower the heat to low and add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes to the bacon fat and cook for about 30 seconds. Follow with the thawed shrimp. (pro-tip: pat off any excess moisture on the shrimp to minimize popping in the pan).
  6. Cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes, until they start to turn opaque and pink. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice (half of a lemon squeezed into the pan), the chopped parsley, salt to taste and lastly, crumble in the cooked bacon. Stir to combine and heat everything through.
  7. Serve the shrimp over the grits & top with fresh parsley as desired. Enjoy!

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