Shrimp and Grits Recipe


  • 1 cup white or yellow stone ground grits
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped (I used 4 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce (recipe calls for Tabasco is possible)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced


In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and whisk in grits. Cook, whisking frequently, until grits are tender and creamy, 30–40 minutes. (Whisk in more water for thinner grits.) Whisk in cheddar, parmesan, and 1 tbsp. butter and season with salt; cover and set aside.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate; set aside. Reserve cooking fat in skillet.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Over medium-high heat, add shrimp to skillet and cook, turning once, until bright pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate with a slotted spoon. Lower heat to medium; add mushrooms to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden, 1 minute. Raise heat to high, add chicken broth, and scrape bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Cook until broth reduces by half, 3 minutes. Return shrimp to skillet along with the lemon juice, remaining butter, and hot sauce and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Divide grits between 4 bowls; top each with shrimp and its sauce. Garnish each bowl with bacon, scallions, and lemon wedges.

Serves 4