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Momma's Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"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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45 m servings 419 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  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; 32.4 g fat; 6.8 g carbohydrates; 25.4 g protein; 260 mg cholesterol; 991 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Wow. What a fabulous take on shrimp and grits. This is like you get in finer restaurants. The second time I prepared, I added 1/2 of a diced yellow pepper to the initial saute and a 1/2 a cup of...

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This is the first time I eat shrimp and grits and I don't think I'll try it ever again. The recipe is not bad, but the meal is not for my taste.

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Wow. What a fabulous take on shrimp and grits. This is like you get in finer restaurants. The second time I prepared, I added 1/2 of a diced yellow pepper to the initial saute and a 1/2 a cup of...

This was delicious. I added more garlic and was scant on the cayenne since I'm not crazy about hot stuff. I used quick grits which require less water.

I had this at s party catered my a chef from Texas. It was fabulous yet I couldn't find any recipes that seemed right. I only made one change - I used cheddar cheese because I think it has a m...

Overall, an OK dish. I really wish there was just a little more flavor. I kept thinking it needed some more sauce or something to take it up notch.

This was really good. I did cook my grits in milk, it makes a huge difference on the flavor and richness of the meal. I will add an extra green onion next time, just personal preference. The onl...

My shrimp and cheese grits came out as if I'd been making them for years!! So delicious! I'm using this method to cook shrimp for salads now, too!

Loved it! NOLAMom, my husband has requested this dish on a regular basis! He loves omlets for brunch, but he loves this more! I didn't have green onions on hand, so I subbed with vidalia onions ...

Followed the recipe and “OMG” it was amazing!! The Cayenne pepper added a little kick. My only adjustment was using cheddar cheese and cooking my grits in chicken broth. Kudos to the creator of ...

Well to be honest. The only thing I changed was my spoon,going from my left hand to the right hand!! My taste buds partied like it was 1999 I tell ya!!!