Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits


Classic Carolina Shrimp and Grits! Serve with lemon wedges.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup stone-ground grits

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp - peeled and deveined, tails left intact

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan and slowly whisk in grits, followed by salt and black pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer the grits until tender and thickened, about 30 minutes.

  2. Stir 1 tablespoon unsalted butter into grits, season with more salt and black pepper if needed, and remove from heat. Cover pan and keep grits warm.

  3. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and black pepper. Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir shrimp, garlic, and cayenne pepper until shrimp are pink and no longer translucent inside, 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Stir 2 tablespoons water into shrimp and mix in lemon juice and parsley. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper if desired.

  5. Portion cooked grits into serving bowls and top with shrimp and sauce; serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
10g Fat
8g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 196mg 65%
Sodium 877mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 19mg 94%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 227mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.