Southern Style Shrimp and Grits
These Shrimp and Grits have the perfect balance of flavors. Bold and Spiced Cajun Shrimp on a bed of creamy and cheesy grits. Finished with a drizzle of the most delicious, rich and buttery sauce!
Servings 4 people
For the Grits
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cups seafood stock
- 1 1/2 cups quick cooking grits
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Salt to taste
For the Shrimp
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 pound large shrimp
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 ounces country ham, diced (optional)
To Make the Sauce
In a small saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour mixing constantly for about 6 - 8 minutes or until the mixture (roux) reaches a medium tan color.
Slowly whisk in the stock and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and cook whisking frequently for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce and the hot sauce. Taste for seasoning. Keep it warm until ready to use.
To Make the Grits
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and stock. Bring to a boil.
Slowly whisk in the grits and simmer over low heat whisking frequently for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cream and mix well to combine. Cook for about 2 - 3 minutes or until creamy.
Add the cheese and mix well. Simmer for about 1-2 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Keep the grits warm until ready to serve.
Season the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning, paprika, Italian seasoning and ground black pepper.
Melt the butter in a 12 - inch skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Turn the heat to medium and add the shrimp. Cook for about 2 minutes per side or until cooked through. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and stir the pan drippings into the sauce.
To serve, place a few heaping spoonfuls of grits on a plate, top with the shrimp and drizzle with the sauce. Top with the crispy country ham (optional)
Calories: 1227kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 86g | Saturated Fat: 50g | Cholesterol: 554mg | Sodium: 3677mg | Potassium: 908mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4200IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 942mg | Iron: 27.7mg