Momma's Shrimp and Cheese Grits


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.

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


  • 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®)


  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.