Shrimp and Grits

Paula S.


At one time this dish was just a "make do" dish when food was scarce and left-overs were turned into meals. However, this delicious dish is now served at some of the finest restaurants in the south. After having this in a restaurant in New Orleans, I searched the web to find a recipe that seems to mimic what I tasted. I found this one and changed a few things. It is sooooooo good and so easy to prepare. Serve with a nice salad and a glass of tea........YUM!!!
OPTIONAL: When I make grits, I usually add cheese, salt, and garlic powder.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These shrimp and grits are very easy to make and big on flavor! It's very smooth with wonderful flavor (probably from the cayenne pepper). I really liked frying the grits. It gave them a bit of crunch and made for a really nice presentation.

Paula called for a pot, so I made six servings of grits and I fried them in a bit of butter (that adds to the flavor too!). The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 3 votes

10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1
    pot grits, cooked and chilled in loaf pan
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2
    chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2
    large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • ·
    chicken broth
  • 20
    large peeled shrimp
  • 1/2
    clove garlic, minced

  • ·
    cayenne pepper or Louisiana hot sauce, to taste

How to Make Shrimp and Grits


  1. Cut two slices off the loaf of chilled grits. Season with salt and pepper and pan-fry; keep warm.
  2. Melt butter in saute pan and cook pepper, onion, and garlic until soft.
  3. Whisk flour in pan with veggies. When browned, thin with chicken broth until sauce is desired thickness.
  4. Add shrimp to pan. Cook until shrimp are pink and done, but no longer than 3 minutes.
  5. Put fried grits on 2 plates and top with shrimp sauce.
  6. Have cayenne pepper, Louisiana hot sauce, or your favorite hot seasoning on hand for individuals to use as desired.

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About Shrimp and Grits

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes Seafood
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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