You only need 6 simple ingredients (plus a few staple spices) to make this creamy and easy shrimp and grits.
Old Fashioned Grits – you can find grits at most grocery stores in the breakfast aisle near the oatmeal.
Shredded Parmesan Cheese – freshly shredded is best!
Bacon – you can use your favorite – regular, thick cut, etc.
Large Shrimp – peeled and deveined with the tails left on.
Spices – salt, pepper, and paprika
Lemon Juice – fresh lemon juice is best, but you can use the kind in a bottle if it’s all you have.
Step by Step Instructions
This shrimp and grits recipe is so quick and easy to make! See the simple steps below:
Cook the Grits – Start by boiling water in a large pot then add the grits. Cook until the grits start to thicken then remove the pot from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese, butter, salt, and peper.
Fry Bacon – Meanwhile, you can fry up the bacon in a skillet over medium. Cook the bacon until it is crispy then remove and set aside. Don’t forget to leave the bacon grease in the pan!
Cook Shrimp – Add the shrimp, salt, pepper, and paprika to the same skillet with the bacon grease and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through (pink, opaque, and just starting to curl). Add the lemon juice and cook for 2-3 more minutes then remove the pan from the heat and add the cooked bacon.
Serve – Serve by spooning some of the grits into a bowl and top with some of the bacon shrimp. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and enjoy!
Storage and Reheating Tips
The grits are best eaten the day they are made. However, the shrimp and bacon will keep fresh for up to three days. Store the shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge.
What are grits?
If you grew up in the South, then you are probably very familiar with grits! But outside of the South, grits are less common. Grits are made from ground corn and become smooth and creamy when cooked. Grits can be prepared and eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
How do you know when shrimp is cooked?
While raw shrimp is gray and translucent, its color changes when cooked. Cooked shrimp is opaque and pink. The shrimp will also start to curl when it is cooked. Shrimp cooks very quickly (just a couple of minutes), so keep a close eye on it so you don’t accidentally overcook it.
Expert Tips and FAQs
Great shrimp alternatives for your grits – Shrimp is a classic pairing, but you could swap in another seafood such as scallops or even a different protein such as chicken or sausage.
Don’t overcook the shrimp – Shrimp cooks very quickly and overcooked shrimp can be tough and rubbery.
Frozen shrimp is okay – Unless you live on the coast, you may need to use frozen shrimp for this recipe. Frozen shrimp is totally okay, just make sure to thaw it first and don’t use precooked shrimp.
Use large shrimp – I prefer using large shrimp because they take a little longer to cook so they don’t overcook as easily.
Keyword shrimp and grits, southern style shrimp and grits
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.