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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!
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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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Shrimp and Grits, Southern Shrimp and Grits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 1227kcal

Ingredients

For the Sauce

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)

Instructions

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.

The Shrimp

  • 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)

The Country Ham

  • Add the diced ham to a small saute pan over medium high heat. Cook for about 2 - 3 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Nutrition

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