Chicageaux Shrimp and Grits


"This is the first recipe I developed after moving to New Orleans," Dakari Akorede says. "In my first few weeks, I tried many variations of shrimp and grits, some good and some not so good. I wanted elements of heat but also savory notes. So I spent a month researching and developing this recipe to honor my new home."

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


For Shrimp:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For Grits:

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup quick-cooking grits

  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese

  • 3 tablespoons butter

For Creamy Cajun Sauce:

  • 2 cups whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon powder

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • cup chopped fresh parsley, or more to taste


  1. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic; saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, just until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 4 minutes.

  2. Bring broth, whipping cream, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until broth is absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in mascarpone and butter until thoroughly blended.

  3. Stir together whipping cream, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, bouillon, and cayenne in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup parsley. Serve with shrimp and grits, garnished with additional parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

685 Calories
53g Fat
22g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 685
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 400mg 133%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 431mg 9%

* 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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