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When you visit the Southern USA you have a try a bowl of this spicy dish! Some of the best comfort food comes from the American South and shrimp and grits ranks near the top! Shrimp and grits is true Lowcountry cuisine from coastal Carolina and Georgia. Imagine a spicy saucy shrimp with some creamy corn grits with cheese for a nice balance of flavor. This is a must try recipe and feel free to get creative. The grits are a blank canvas to add something spicy to. Like cajun flavors? Add some spicy cajun style shrimp. | ethnicspoon.com
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Authentic Southern Shrimp and Grits

When you visit the Southern USA you have a try a bowl of this spicy dish! Some of the best comfort food comes from the American South and shrimp and grits ranks near the top! Shrimp and grits is true Low Country cuisine from coastal Carolina and Georgia. Imagine a spicy saucy shrimp with some creamy corn grits with cheese for a nice balance of flavor. This is a must try recipe and feel free to get creative. The grits are a blank canvas so add something spicy. Like cajun flavors? Add some spicy cajun style shrimp. 

Course Main dish
Cuisine American
Keyword authentic, Carolina, grits, low country, shrimp, southern, spicy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients

Grits Ingredients

Shrimp Ingredients

Instructions

Grits Instructions:

  1. Bring milk and vegetable broth to a boil, and slowly add the grits ¼ cup at a time. Stir frequently to avoid clumping.

  2. Mix in the butter, and cook on low for about 20 minutes. (Now would be a good time to start the shrimp while to grits cook.)

  3. After the grits have cooked for 20 minutes, toss in the cheese and stir to blend.

Shrimp Instructions:

  1. In a small dish blend together salt, cayenne, and cinnamon.
  2. Begin cooking bacon in a non-stick skillet.
  3. Once the bacon begins to turn brown, add in the onion, and garlic and continue to cook until onion is translucent.
  4. Toss in the shrimp, and cook until the shrimp starts to turn pink on both sides. Sprinkle with spice mixture while cooking.

  5. Add in the tomatoes, and the vegetable broth.
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Divide grits equally into 6 bowls, and top with shrimp.

Recipe Notes

Timing is key to this dish. Be sure to start the shrimp while the grits are simmering.  When the grits are done, portion it out and top with the shrimp and sauce. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I store the shrimp and grits in the refrigerator? I would definitely store them separately. One container for the grits and another for the shrimp and sauce. Store the grits in an airtight container after they have cooled and they will last for 3 days in the refrigerator. You can reheat in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes but stop and stir about every 30-45 seconds. Add a little milk to soften them up for a smooth creamy consistency. The shrimp and sauce can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator after they have cooled. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot and stir every 30-45 seconds.
  • Can I freeze the grits? No, since the grits contain dairy they will separate when thawed and ruin the consistency.
  • Can I freeze the shrimp in the sauce? Yes, allow them to cool and you can freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the refrigerator and then reheat in the microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Authentic Southern Shrimp and Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 1210mg53%
Potassium 499mg14%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1600IU32%
Vitamin C 22.4mg27%
Calcium 349mg35%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.