The Best Shrimp and Grits Recipe

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Seafood


Classic southern shrimp and grits recipe.



  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup quick grits
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, without tails
  • cajun seasoning
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  1. Arrange bacon on a metal cooling rack (like for cookies) and set the rack on a sheet pan (something with a lip all the way around). Place the bacon in a cold oven, then turn the oven on to 400 degrees F. Cook the bacon for about 15 mins on each side, or until crispy. Chop 4 slices into bite-sized pieces and reserve the bacon grease from the bottom of the pan.


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water, bouillon, butter and grits to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 7 mins, until grits and thickened and tender. Remove from heat and stir in cheese.
  2. Meanwhile, add 1-2 tablespoons of the bacon grease to a medium skillet over medium high heat. Season the shrimp with plenty of cajun seasoning. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until the shrimp turn pink, about 1 minute per side. Lower the heat to medium and add the bacon scallions, garlic, and squeeze in some lemon juice. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic and scallions are softened and the shrimp turn white.
  3. Serve the grits in bowl and top with the shrimp. Enjoy!

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