My Shrimp and Grits {super easy!}

Shrimp and Grits from So my baby boy is one month old! Craaaaazy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: time FLIES by when you’re exhausted and don’t know day from night. Also, two children means a whole lot less time in the day…or so it seems.

Anyways, I’m adjusting and I’ve actually started cooking in my beautiful kitchen! And I’m not talking about reheating all the wonderful food my mom put in my freezer.

Case in point: this recipe. Shrimp and Grits, ya’ll!! –>I like to pretend I’m from the south. Alas, I am not.

The first time I had shrimp and grits was at Food Blog Forum in Nashville. I tried one bite and I was sold. Creamy, bacony, warm comfort food. It’s magical.

Grits are like a love child of polenta and cream of wheat. Pretty plain from the start, but if you add the right combination of things, they are amazing. {Just like polenta….and cream of wheat.} Just be sure to use a whisk to avoid lumpage. That’s a word.

The shrimp portion of this recipe is pretty simple too. Bacon, onions, garlic, shrimp. That’s basically it.

Shrimp and Grits from And incase you were wondering, bacon + onions + garlic + anything = amazingness.

That’s pretty much it :) Oh, one quick tip: take the tails off your shrimp!! Don’t be like me.

Be sure to make this one day soon. It’s really THAT good. Have a great day, friends!

My Shrimp and Grits

Easy and so comforting! Don't go easy on the cheese in the grits. And feel free to add more bacon :)

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


for the shrimp-
5 slices hickory smoked bacon, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. peeled & deveined shrimp {small size; 51-60 ct.}
salt & pepper, to taste

for the grits-
5 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups grits {not quick cooking!}
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups grated medium cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated real parmesan cheese
salt & pepper, to taste

parsley for garnish, if desired


Start by cooking the grits- bring chicken broth to rolling boil in large pot. Whisk in grits, salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the grits are cooking, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté bacon and onions together until bacon starts to crisp and onions have browned, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, shrimp, salt and pepper. Stir another 3 minutes until shrimp are bright pink and thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat.

Finish grits by melting in butter and cheeses. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Spoon grits into bowl and top with shrimp mixture. Top with parsley. Serve immediately.

**Make sure to find the freshest shrimp you can find. Nothing would ruin this dish quicker than fishy smelling shrimp. AMEN.


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22 Responses to “My Shrimp and Grits {super easy!}”

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    Tieghan — May 30, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Holy bowl of deliciousness!! I call this cheesy summer comfort food! I love it!

    Congrats on your little guy! 1 Month, time really does fly!


  2. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 30, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I love your version! And wow, one month! Congrats!


  3. #
    Kathy — May 30, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Love how easy and fresh this dish looks!


  4. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 30, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Love this! Looks soooo good! :)


  5. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — May 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Your shrimp & grits look awesome! I bet they taste fantastic!


  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 30, 2013 at 6:23 am

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out.


  7. #
    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — May 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I cannot believe I’ve NEVER made shrimp and grits before… seriously need to jump on board the train! :) These look fabulous!! and I cannot BELIEVE Blake is 1 month old already!!!!! I feel like you just told me you were pregnant lol


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    M.C.@ ThousandStoryKitchen — May 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Yep- I love the idea of “easy” next to a delicious shrimp and grits recipe. I am from the south and y’all, grits are the best! I like that you suggest to take the tails off. In restaurants, they are usually served with tails on because they look better, but they sure are easier to eat without them there! Thoughts?


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    Deborah — May 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    i cannot believe he is already 1 month old! And I must be in a shrimp mood, because I keep finding blog posts with shrimp in them today. This sounds awesome!


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    Karen — May 31, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I too am from the south. Love shrimp and grits and the best I ever had was in Charleston, SC. Love Charleston. I will definitely try this! thanks. I make grits all the time, just not shrimp and grits. I usually use milk and water in a 2:1 ratio to cook my creamy grits in.


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    Shery — May 31, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This looks amazing! So glad I discovered your site, I typically make several meals a month from your recipes.


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I can’t believe your baby is already a month old! Congrats!

    And dude these shrimp and grits look amazing. I’ve never cooked with grits before but that’s about to change VERY soon!


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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve got shrimp on the brain. Muuusstt havveeeee. Also – true story – never had grits in my life! I’m a loser.


  14. #
    Sherrie — June 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I made this tonight and it was AMAZING! And I am from the south 😉 even my little boys (6 and 4) loves it.


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    james — September 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I too am from the south and I truly love shrimp and grits I tried this recipe last night and it was exactly what I was expecting the only change I made was I substituted the bacon for andouille sausage. this was a great post


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    Trina B. — November 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand. Very quick and super easy. Delicious!


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    thecutestbabies — November 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Tried your recipe tonight and it was the freakin best. There is nothing left. My 9 year old twins ate more than dad!!!


    • Lauren — November 28th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      Awesome :)


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    Kelsey — February 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    just made this dish and its freaking delicious!!!


    • Lauren — February 13th, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

      Yay! Glad you liked it!


  19. #
    Anne — October 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

    My husband loved this, and said to tell you that it was a “hit out of the park!”



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