Momma's Shrimp and Cheese Grits

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I have tried a number of shrimp and grits recipes, but have not found one I really like. So I decided to experiment a bit and created a simple but delicious recipe that will surely please the taste buds. In New Orleans we like our cayenne pepper, so use less if you don't like so much heat.

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

Ingredients

  • 3 ⅓ cups water

  • cup uncooked grits

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 green onions, diced

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined - thawed

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¾ cup cubed processed cheese food (such as Velveeta®)

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; stir grits and salt into the boiling water, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer grits until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm.

  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a pan over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in green onions, cooking until green onions are wilted, another 4 minutes.

  3. Mix shrimp into the garlic and green onions and cook until shrimp are firm and pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Just before serving, mix 1/4 cup butter into the cooked grits, followed by processed cheese. Mix thoroughly until creamy and cheese is melted. Season with salt and black pepper.

  5. Place grits in a bowl, top with the shrimp, and pour pan sauce over shrimp and grits to serve.

Cook's Note:

Double, triple recipe as needed. This recipe is enough to serve 2 people generously but will easily convert to more servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

419 Calories
32g Fat
7g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 419
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 42%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 260mg 87%
Sodium 991mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 242mg 19%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* 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.