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Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Shrimp and grits is a classic Southern dish that is a perfect combination of flavors and textures. The creamy grits are the perfect base for the savory and slightly spicy shrimp. This recipe is great for any occasion, whether it's a cozy weekend brunch or a fancy dinner party.

Growing up in the South, shrimp and grits was a staple in my household. It's a dish that always reminds me of home and brings back fond memories of family gatherings. I love how versatile this dish is, and it's a great way to showcase fresh seafood.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper until well coated.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until pink and cooked through. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

  3. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the chicken broth, white wine, and lemon juice, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce has slightly reduced.

  4. Return the shrimp to the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce. Add the chopped parsley and stir to combine.

  5. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk in the grits, salt, and black pepper. Cook the grits, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes, until thick and creamy.

  6. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well combined.

  7. To serve, spoon the grits into bowls and top with the shrimp and sauce.

Serving Suggestions:

This shrimp and grits recipe is perfect for a cozy weekend brunch or a fancy dinner party. Serve it with a side salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. It's also great for entertaining, as it can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.

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