Shrimp and Grits

LOVE me some Shrimp and Grits!

Shrimp and Grits

Not only is this simple dish amazingly yummy and robust with flavor, it’s also super easy to make.

Shrimp and Grits

The entire meal can be made in about 30 minutes which makes it a no-brainer for us when we have shrimp on hand.  And we intentionally have shrimp on hand.

Shrimp and Grits

We like our grits creamy and cheesy in our house because…well…yum.  And, really, why not?

So, I add sharp cheddar, whole milk and honest-to-goodness butter to the grits.

Pretty much does the trick.

Shrimp and Grits

This meal will stick to your bones and keep you craving more once you’re good ‘n full.

I highly recommend.

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Shrimp and Grits
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Not only is this simple dish amazingly yummy and robust with flavor, it’s also super easy to make.
Categories: Dinner
Difficulty: American
Keyword: grits diet plan, low calorie shrimp and grits, simple shrimp and grits
Servings: 4
Calories: 634 kcal
Author: A Sweet Pea Chef
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp plus 1 1/2 tsp plus more to taste, kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup coarse ground cornmeal polenta
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/4 tsp. pepper plus more to taste, divided
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp plus 1 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 1 lb large shrimp de-veined and de-shelled
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 squeeze of lemon roughly 1 tsp
  • 2 green onions optional, finely sliced
  1. Heat the milk, water and 1 1/2 tsp. salt in a deep, medium sized pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to keep the milk from burning the bottom of the pan.
  2. Once boiling, slowly add the cornmeal, stirring or whisking constantly to avoid causing clumps. Once all the cornmeal is mixed in, decrease the heat, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the grits are creamy, stirring frequently.
  3. While the grits are cooking, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauce or saute pan. Once hot, add the shallots and cook 1-2 minutes or until the shallots begin to sweat. Add the shrimp to the pan along with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir to coat the shrimp. Cook the shrimp, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until the shrimp begins to turn opaque (whitish).
  4. Tend to the grits for a quick sec. (See No. 5)
  5. Remove the grits from heat and add the pepper, garlic powder and butter. Once mixed through, slowly add the cheese, stirring to incorporate. Cover and keep the grits warm so they do not harden as you will want to serve them as soon as the shrimp has been cooked.
  6. To finish the shrimp, add the balsamic vinegar, squeeze of lemon and remaining 1 tbsp. butter. Stir to incorporate and remove from heat.
  7. To serve, place a healthy serving of the creamy, cheesy grits into a bowl and top with your desired amount of shrimp (I use about 5-6 per serving). Garnish with sliced green onions if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 634 Calories from Fat 329
% Daily Value*
Fat 36.6g56%
Saturated Fat 18.2g91%
Cholesterol 222.2mg74%
Sodium 1146mg48%
Carbohydrates 45.7g15%
Fiber 2.8g11%
Sugar 10.6g12%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1800IU36%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 420mg42%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

5 thoughts on “Shrimp and Grits

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  2. Making this for our anniversary tomorrow night. My wife and I both love shrimp and I am looking forward to it! Thanks for the great news letters!
    I will post the results tomorrow!

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