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Shrimp and Grits

Teri & Jenny
Our Shrimp and Grits recipe has perfectly creamy grits topped with buttery shrimp and spicy andouille sausage. The perfect comfort food!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Breakfast, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 481 kcal


white cheddar grits

  • 1 cup white stone-ground grits
  • 4 ounces shredded white cheddar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails intact
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 andouille sausage, diced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock (water is fine)


  • 2 thinly sliced green onion



  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Generously salt water and stir in grits. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer mixture for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick and creamy.
    Grits cooking in a pot to make shrimp and grits.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese and butter until fully incorporated and melted. Season with salt and pepper.
    Grits with cheese and butter added into it.

Shrimp and Sausage

  • Place shrimp, lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt, cumin, pepper, cayenne, and garlic into a mixing bowl and toss together. Set aside.
    Seasoned shrimp in a glass bowl for shrimp and grits.
  • Melt butter into a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet and set aside.
    Andouille sausage cooking in a skillet for shrimp and grits.
  • Add shrimp to skillet and sauté for about 3 minutes on each side. Deglaze pan with chicken stock (or water) and cover for 1 minute.
    Shrimp cooking in a skillet with seasoning.
  • Add sausage back to skillet and stir together.
    Shrimp and sausage in a skillet for shrimp and grits.
  • Remove shrimp and sausage mixture from heat and divide over each bowl of grits. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve.
    Shrimp and grits in a bowl with green onions on top.


Tips and Tricks for Shrimp and Grits Success

For the Grits

  1. Make sure to salt the water before adding grits because cooked grits don't absorb anymore salt.
  2. It's important that grits are made low and slow to ensure the starches are released and you get a creamy and smooth texture.
  3. For an extra creamy texture, finish grits with a little bit of heavy cream when stirring in the cheese and butter. This step is totally optional and not included in our recipe below but is nice when you really want an over the top grits situation.

For the Shrimp Mixture

  1. Adding stock or water to the skillet with the shrimp and covering it with a lid for a minute will allow the shrimp to steam and nicely cook through to the center. Without allowing the shrimp to steam, you run the risk of overcooking the outside, while the center may stay raw. - and no one wants that!

Make Ahead and Reheating

Although we think shrimp and grits is a dish that's best made fresh, you can make it ahead of time with great results.

Make Ahead Shrimp and Grits

To make ahead, make both the grits and shrimp mixture according to the recipe instructions. Cool each component separately and store each separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The grits can be made and stored up to 5 days ahead of time. The shrimp mixture can be made and stored up to 2 days ahead of time.

Reheating Grits

To reheat grits, pour a small amount of milk and butter or stock into a saucepan (about 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 tablespoon butter, for every 1 cup of cooked grits) and simmer over medium-low heat. Add cooked grits and whisk together until grits begin to loosen up, meld together with the extra liquid and butter and heat through. Season with salt and pepper as needed and remove from heat.

Reheating Shrimp Mixture

To reheat shrimp mixture, place a skillet over medium-low heat and add a small amount of oil. Add shrimp mixture to skillet and sauté for 1 minute. Add a couple tablespoons of water to skillet and cover for 1 minute, or until shrimp mixture has heated through and liquid has evaporated. Season with a little salt and pepper as needed.


Calories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 19gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 1072mgPotassium: 257mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1427IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 258mgIron: 2mg
Keyword grits, shrimp, shrimp and grits, spicy
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