Shrimp and Grits

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Shrimp and Grits

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This is my version of shrimp and grits. I have had shrimp and grits other places down south and it was a little too brown for me. I like it with the tomato sauce. I am originally from the North-east but, I have fed this to a crew of southerners, and they ate every grit! This is an excellent recipe to double and have for lunch the next day.


Tips for this recipe

Olive oil- When using olive oil for cooking you do not have to use extra virgin, most of the flavor that makes it extra virgin is lost due to the heat. I do like to cook with olive oil for heart healthy reasons.

Seasoning- My blend for seasonings changes depending where I am, if I’m on a ship that has Cajun or similar seasonings, I may add them also, just a bit not much.

Tomatoes- diced and sauce- As always buy a good quality product. Lesser quality products tend to have more water and therefor less flavorful.

Shrimp- I usually buy raw frozen peeled and deveined shrimp. I go with the extra-large or 26-30 shrimp per pound.  Do not use precooked frozen shrimp, they are awful.

Start the water for the grits when you add the spices this way, they will be done at about the same time.



1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup onions, large dice

2 cups peppers, red and green, large dice

2 teaspoons garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 tablespoon seafood seasoning

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

214.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes

18 ounce can tomato sauce

1-pound shrimp, extra-large, peeled, tail off and deveined

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups water

1 cup 5-minute grits

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

½ teaspoon black pepper, ground



Heat oil over medium high heat.

Add onion and peppers and sauté briefly, 2-3 minutes. Do not brown.

Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.

Add spices sauté until aromatic (until they smell really good).

Add dice tomatoes and sauce. Reduce heat and simmer until peppers and onions are soft.

Add shrimp and cook until shrimp are firm.

Add salt and pepper and adjust other seasonings.


Bring water and salt to a boil over high heat

When water is boiling add grits in a slow steady stream while stirring.

Reduce heat and continue to stir until thickened. Remove from heat.

Stir in shredded cheese.

Add pepper.

Spoon grits onto plate and top with shrimp. Garnish with chopped parsley.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute

Keywords: shrimp,grits,cheese,peppers,south

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