Shrimp and Cheesy Grits with Bacon


Lowcountry-style shrimp and grits with bacon at its best!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk

  • ¾ cup quick-cooking grits

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup chopped raw bacon

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • 1 tablespoon shredded Cheddar cheese, or as desired


  1. Pour chicken broth and evaporated milk into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in grits and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer grits, stirring often, until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup Cheddar cheese until melted. Set grits aside and keep warm.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir bacon in the hot skillet until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain all but 2 tablespoons bacon drippings from the skillet.

  3. Return the skillet to medium heat. Cook and stir shrimp, bell pepper, and onion in hot bacon drippings until shrimp are bright pink and no longer translucent inside and bell pepper is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir cooked bacon into shrimp mixture.

  4. Spread grits into a serving dish, top with shrimp mixture, and garnish with 1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

446 Calories
24g Fat
17g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 446
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 248mg 83%
Sodium 1120mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 508mg 39%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 629mg 13%

* 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.

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