A few weeks back, I made shrimp and grits for dinner. I got a ton of recipe requests when I posted a pic of it, so here it is! It’s super easy and even more yummy! Not to mention shrimp is super lean and very low fat 🙂
I looked at several recipes on Pinterest and eventually just took a little from each one and winged it on my own (I tend to do that a lot; sometimes it ends well, sometimes not). Though it’s versatile and easy to tweak, here’s what I did:
1 lb peeled and deveined, ready to eat shrimp *depending how many people you’re feeding — I got mine in the frozen section at the grocery store, just sit it in cool water for five minutes to thaw it! So easy.
1 cup instant grits *I chose this kind to save time; you can use stone ground.
3 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of cheddar cheese *I found that this is SO yummy with smoked gouda!! Experiment with different cheeses!
4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 tsp lemon juice (optional! the first time I made it, I used zero lemon juice and it was still just as good!)
2 tbsp chopped parsley *I just used the dry parsley I had in my spice cabinet to save time
scallions (aka green onions)
minced garlic (about a clove, but up to you as well)
First, if you bought frozen shrimp, put it in a bowl of cool water to thaw. While it’s thawing, get your grits going on the stovetop. The package will have instructions for that.
Fry up your bacon but save the grease when it’s done!
Chop your scallions, bacon, garlic if needed, and parsley while the grits cook. Once the grits are almost done cooking, add the cheese and butter. Stir until it’s well mixed. Remove from heat when done. Once shrimp is thawed and the tails are off, dry them off. Add them to the skillet you cooked the bacon in, and cook them for a few minutes (about until they turn pink) then add the scallions, bacon, garlic, parsley, and lemon juice. Saute it all together for a few more minutes, then remove it from heat.
Serve grits in a bowl, then scoop the shrimp mixture on top of them. Sprinkle on more parsley and bacon if you want, and enjoy!
So easy, so quick, and SO GOOD. Happy weekend friends, thanks for reading!