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Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits

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Shrimp and grits is a classic Southern dish that embodies the comforting and flavorful essence of Southern cuisine. This delightful combination of tender shrimp and creamy, buttery grits has gained popularity far beyond its regional roots and is now a beloved favorite across the United States.

In this recipe, we will explore how to create a mouthwatering shrimp and grits dish that captures the essence of Southern cooking while offering a delectable and satisfying meal for any occasion.

Whether you’re a seasoned home chef or a newcomer to Southern flavors, this recipe will guide you through the steps to create a dish that’s perfect for a hearty breakfast, a comforting brunch, or a flavorful dinner option. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey to discover the rich and soulful flavors of the American South with our shrimp and grits recipe.

Where The Dogwood Blooms

Today we are sharing this recipe from a blogger friend of mine from Where The Dogwood Blooms. Below you can see some information about her and a recipe she shared for a South Carolina traditional dish called Shrimp and Grits.

About Cassie

I have a unique background. I grew up shuffling back and forth between Western North Carolina and the coast, specifically Wilmington. If you are familiar with Wilmington, you know it has plenty in common with coastal South Carolina.

Photo of Cassie from Where the dog wood blooms website.
Cassie | Where the Dogwoods Bloom

Us Wilmingtonians are from the head of the Gullah Geechee Corridor that stretches along the coastline down to Jacksonville, Florida. We’re no strangers to haint blue, bottle trees, or low country delights like shrimp and grits.

Ah, shrimp and grits! Is there anything as good as a big ole’ bowl of cheese grits topped with fresh shrimp? I don’t think so! 

Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits Pinterest picture.

The funny thing about shrimp and grits is that no two recipes are alike. We all make them different. And that’s why Ronnie invited me today; to share my family recipe with y’all. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

How To Make Recipe For Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients

For The Grits:

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon Texas Pete
  • Salt & Pepper

For the Shrimp:

  • ½ lb bacon
  • 2 lbs large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 T Texas Pete
  • ½ t red pepper flakes
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1 small diced red bell pepper
  • Salt & Pepper

How to Cook Shrimp and Grits

Step 1: Bring chicken broth, milk, and Texas Pete to a boil. Add grits, and whisk well. Reduce heat to low and cook until done. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover until ready to serve.

Step 2: In a large skillet, fry bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Set bacon on paper bags to drain. Reserve bacon grease. Turn the heat down to medium.

Step 3: Mix shrimp, red pepper flakes, Cajun seasoning, Texas Pete, minced garlic, and diced pepper in a mixing bowl. Pour the shrimp mixture into the bacon grease, and saute the shrimp until done. Season to taste.

Step 4: Divide the grits into serving bowls. Top with crumbled bacon and shrimp.

shrimp and grits.
Pro Tips: If you aren’t a fan of spice, leave out the Texas Pete and red pepper flakes. This dish tastes just as good without them. If you love heat, add more to kick it up a notch. I prefer white cheddar for the color, but yellow tastes just as good. Shred your own cheese if possible. Bagged shredded cheese is often coated in flour to prevent clumping and doesn’t melt properly. Try a splash of lemon over your shrimp and grits for added zest. Green onions make a phenomenal garnish for this dish.

Thanks for stopping by Southern Food Junkie. We hope you have enjoyed this recipe from Cassie from Where The Dogwood Blooms. If so, go give her a shout and tell her we sent ya!

-Ronnie | Let’s Get Food Junked

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Conclusion

In conclusion, this shrimp and grits recipe offers a delightful taste of Southern comfort and hospitality right in your own kitchen. The harmonious blend of tender shrimp, seasoned with aromatic spices, and the creamy, velvety texture of buttery grits create a dish that’s both heartwarming and incredibly satisfying.

Whether you’re savoring it for breakfast, brunch, or dinner, shrimp and grits is a versatile dish that never fails to deliver a burst of flavor and a touch of Southern charm.

So, whether you’re a fan of Southern cuisine or simply looking to explore new culinary horizons, this recipe is a must-try. It captures the essence of Southern cooking and invites you to savor the rich, soulful flavors of the American South.

Gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and prepare to indulge in a plate of shrimp and grits that’s sure to leave you craving more. Enjoy the taste of Southern hospitality with every delightful bite!

Shrimp and grits.

Thanks for stopping by Southern Food Junkie. It is our hope that you enjoy this recipe and share it with friends, family, and coworkers. Make sure to take time to give thanks to the creator, God, by which all blessings flow.
John 6:35​

Ronnie | Let’s Get Food Junked

Shrimp and Grits by Where The Dogwood Blooms

shrimp and grits.

Us Wilmingtonians are from the head of the Gullah Geechee Corridor that stretches along the coastline down to Jacksonville, Florida. We’re no strangers to haint blue, bottle trees, or low country delights like shrimp and grits.Ah, shrimp and grits! Is there anything as good as a big ol' bowl of cheese grits topped with fresh shrimp? I don’t think so!

Ingredients

For The Grits

  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Texas Pete or other hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Shrimp

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 2 pounds large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Texas Pete or other hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small diced red bell pepper
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring chicken broth, milk, and Texas Pete to a boil. Add grits, and whisk well. Reduce heat to low and cook until done. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover until ready to serve.
  2. In a large skillet, fry bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Set bacon on paper bags to drain. Reserve bacon grease. Turn heat down to medium.
  3. Mix shrimp, red pepper flakes, Cajun seasoning, Texas Pete, minced garlic, and diced pepper in a mixing bowl. Pour the shrimp mixture into the bacon grease, and saute the shrimp until done. Season to taste.
  4. Divide the grits into serving bowls. Top with crumbled bacon and shrimp.

Notes

Pro Tips: If you aren’t a fan of spice, leave out the Texas Pete and red pepper flakes. This dish tastes just as good without them. If you love heat, add more to kick it up a notch. I prefer white cheddar for the color, but yellow tastes just as good. Shred your own cheese if possible. Bagged shredded cheese is often coated in flour to prevent clumping and doesn’t melt properly. Try a splash of lemon over your shrimp and grits for added zest. Green onions make a phenomenal garnish for this dish.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Ron Robertson

Monday 10th of October 2022

Spicy shrimp and grits are something I have never tried, so after seeing this recipe I decided to cook up a batch. Following the recipe "to a tee" I found this dish to be an absolute delight to the palate! It's definitely a keeper.

Ronnie Williams

Monday 10th of October 2022

Hey Ron, Thanks for your comment. We love to hear feedback and I am sure my friend will love seeing this as well. All the best, Ronnie

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