Southern Shrimp and Creamy Grits Delight


Experience the soul of Southern cuisine with our Southern Shrimp and Creamy Grits Delight. This dish pairs succulent, spicy shrimp with smooth, buttery grits, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. It's a comfort food classic that's both simple and sophisticated, perfect for a hearty breakfast or a satisfying dinner.

Southern Shrimp and Creamy Grits Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 4 people. 
  • Each serving includes a generous portion of creamy grits topped with shrimp.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 510 kcal
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 180 mg
  • Sodium: 700 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


For the Grits

  • Grits: 200 g (1 cup)
  • Water: 950 ml (4 cups)
  • Milk: 240 ml (1 cup)
  • Butter: 60 g (1/4 cup)
  • Cheddar cheese, grated: 100 g (1 cup)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

For the Shrimp

  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Smoked paprika: 1 tsp
  • Garlic, minced: 3 cloves
  • Lemon juice: 2 tbsp
  • Scallions, chopped: for garnish
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Method of Preparation

Cook the Grits

  • Bring water and milk to a boil. Gradually whisk in grits.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until grits are thick and creamy, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Stir in butter and cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the Shrimp

  • Season shrimp with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.


  • Spoon the creamy grits into bowls. Top with shrimp and garnish with chopped scallions.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For the best texture, use stone-ground grits if available.
  • Add a splash of cream to the grits for extra richness.
  • For a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the shrimp.


Can I use instant grits?

Yes, but the texture and flavor will be different from traditional grits.

How can I store leftovers?

Store the grits and shrimp separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I add other ingredients to the dish?

Absolutely! Bacon, sausage, or bell peppers make great additions.