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Shrimp is sauteed with peppers and sweet onion, and served over a bowl of hot cheese grits

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp is sauteed with peppers and sweet onion and served over a bowl of hot cheese grits. If this dish has been nagging you for years, then it’s time to try it!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Grits, Shrimps
Servings 6 people
Calories 362kcal


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup grits
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ - 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 white onion medium - diced
  • cups green, red, and yellow bell peppers diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes or to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • scallion sliced optional
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Pour the milk and chicken stock in a medium pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Slowly whisk the grits into the pot. When the mixture comes to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and add half teaspoon salt and half teaspoon cayenne pepper and cook until water is absorbed, and the mixture becomes thickened about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese until melted and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp—about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Season the shrimps with salt and pepper and cook in the bacon fat until pink—about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Add the bacon, bell peppers, diced onions, minced, garlic, red chili flakes, black pepper, and salt to taste and cook for another two minutes.
  • Add chicken stock and leave to simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve over the prepared grits.
  • Garnish with scallions on top, if desired.


  • Shrimp and grits is a straightforward recipe, and it comes together in a snap, so I’ll advise you to make sure you have all the ingredients ready before you start cooking the shrimps. This is because the shrimp takes a few minutes to cook. Trust me; you will not have the time to chop and slice any vegetables.
  • Some like to use water but I prefer I’d rather use water for my hot grits breakfast, not for my shrimp and grits.
  • I will also advise you can make the grits first because they stay hot for a very long time.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 2mg