Shrimp and Grits Louisiana Style


Probably the best shrimp and grits recipe I have made! Easy and low ingredient count!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 6 tablespoons grits

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ cup diced tasso ham

  • 2 tablespoons diced onion

  • 2 tablespoons diced green bell pepper

  • 20 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, green parts only


  1. Bring water and 1 pinch of salt to a boil in a saucepan and slowly mix in the grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer grits until tender and smooth, about 20 minutes; stir often. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir tasso ham until crisp. Stir in onion and green bell pepper and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Lightly stir the shrimp with the vegetables and olive oil just until pink, 30 to 45 seconds; remove shrimp from pan and set aside.

  3. Pour white wine into the skillet and stir, dissolving any browned bits of food in the bottom of the skillet; slowly add the cream, reduce heat to low, and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

  4. Divide the grits onto 2 serving plates and line the edge of each plate with 10 shrimp. Pour cream sauce over grits and sprinkle each serving with chopped green onion tops.

Cook's Notes

Tasso is a Cajun cured ham and is often hard to find outside of Louisiana, and sometimes in Louisiana - particularly north Louisiana. But you can find it at some specialty gourmet shops. If not, you can substitute salt pork, pancetta, or prosciutto, just adjust your seasonings as tasso is very flavorful.

For a great wedding and reception ideas, use martini glasses or shot glasses to serve shrimp and grits with the grits on the bottom and shrimp and sauce on top. Add cheese if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

677 Calories
60g Fat
10g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 677
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 30g 151%
Cholesterol 272mg 91%
Sodium 751mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 373mg 8%

* 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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