This delicious recipe for Creole Shrimp and Grits is southern cooking at it's finest. Perfect for brunch, lunch, dinner... any time you feel like eating some good old fashioned comfort food, this is the recipe for that. Creamy Shrimp and Grits, with bacon, butter and cheese, packed with Creole Seasonings it will have you crying for more.
When I first came to Louisiana I heard this dish referenced many times, but I never stuck my neck out to try it until years later. I ate it after a friend whipped it up one night - and never looked back. Holy moly - this stuff is good. Next time you hear someone's making Shrimp and Cheese Grits you better go running with your plate ready.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Step One: Make Grits according to instructions (in recipe card below) then stir in cheese until melted.
- Step Two: In a skillet, cook the bacon then remove. Cook the shrimp in that bacon grease and Creole Seasoning. Cook 3 minutes then remove the shrimp. Add the onions, garlic, flour and broth and cook a few minutes longer.
- Step Three: Add all ingredients back to the skillet and stir to combine.
- Step Four: Pour shrimp and bacon over the cheesy grits and enjoy.
- See full recipe instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Hint: Use a good quality bacon. If your bacon is very thick only use 6 slices. Using a good quality bacon mean everything to this dish.
- Seasonings - If you don't have Creole Seasoning feel free to use something like Seasonall or your favorite seasoning blend.
- Cheese - Feel free to use your favorite cheese in the grits too. Even though I use Cheddar, as I feel this works best, if you have a preference (e.g. Gruyere) go ahead.
- Shrimp - I used #16-20 size for this recipe. If you prefer smaller shrimp that's ok.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish
- Shrimp and Grits Kids - some kids just love this dish, like my own. When I know they're eating though I make sure that I make the onions really fine so that they just melt into the dish and leave off the green onions at the end.
- No cheese - You'll sometimes see this dish being served with plain Grits. It's still good.
See this List of Favorite Grilled Shrimp Recipes on my website!
I recommend making enough of this recipe where you know there will not be any leftovers. I don't think shrimp hold up well to being reheated and dry out.
If you're short on time buy the shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined. It can cut a serious amount of time from this recipe.
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- 2 Cups Quick cook Grits
- 8 Cups Water
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cups Cheddar cheese
- 8 Slices Bacon, chopped (6 if the bacon is thick)
- 3lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
- 1 Cup Onion, chopped
- 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
- 2 Cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 4 Green Onions, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1-½ Sticks Butter, unsalted
- 1 Cup Cream, heavy whipping
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Bring the water to a boil then add the grits and salt. Stir, cover and allow to simmer on low for 5 minutes.
- After the grits have simmered, add the grated cheddar and whisk together with ¼ stick of butter. Cover and put aside.
- Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Remove the bacon and put aside. Keep the grease from the bacon in the skillet.
- Add the shrimp and the Creole Seasoning and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the shrimp promptly and put aside.
- Add the onions to the grease and cook on a medium heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add the flour and cook together for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Slowly start to add the chicken broth, stirring constantly with the whisk.
- Add the Parsley and Green onions
- Add the bacon and the shrimp back to the pan. Stir for a minute or so then add the cream.
- At this point you can do a taste test, some people prefer a spicier flavor and so more creole seasoning can be added to taste.
- Serve on top of a bed of cheesy grits and eat right away.
Depending on the thickness of the sauce the extra butter remaining can be added if you like the sauce to be a little runnier.
Buy the peeled and deveined shrimp to save time.
Use a good quality bacon to add the best flavor to this dish.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 762Total Fat 52gSaturated Fat 29gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 495mgSodium 2519mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 54g