Southern Shrimp & Grits

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This is a very well known dish around here. The last time I had this was at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans in a BBQ Shrimp form with brie mixed in the grits. It was decadent and wonderful!

DH’s dad gave us a bunch of frozen shrimp and at first, I was going to make a Shrimp Scampi. However, after watching a throwdown for Shrimp & Grits, DH and I changed our minds. :)

We knew that we couldn’t have the heavier versions featured, so I turned to Cooking Light online for some inspiration and I found a great recipe! I will say, the only thing we will do next time is omit the bell peppers. DH and I agreed that it just tasted like it didn’t belong in there at all.

Southern Shrimp & Grits
Source: Cooking Light

Ingredients:

  • 3  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 1/2  pounds  peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2  bacon slices, chopped
  • 1  cup  frozen chopped onion
  • 1/4  cup  frozen chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  bottled minced garlic
  • 1  cup  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  chopped green onions, divided
  • 5  cups  water
  • 1 1/2  cups  uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1  tablespoon  butter
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4  cup  (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.
  2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in shrimp mixture, broth, and 1/4 cup green onions; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring frequently.
  3. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually add grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter and salt. Serve shrimp mixture over grits; sprinkle with cheese and remaining green onions.

Nutritional Information
Serves 6

Calories: 408, Fat: 12.5 g, Fiber: 2g
POINTS*: 9

Comments

  1. I have never been a fan of grits, but this looks really tasty!

  2. Looks sensational! I love shrimp and grits but have never made grits at home…I might have to try this since we’ve got some frozen shrimp in the freezer. :)

  3. Oooh, this looks delicious and my husband who loves shrimp would devour this for sure!

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