Chef John's Shrimp and Grits Recipe -
Chef John's Shrimp and Grits  Recipe
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  • READY IN 55 mins

Chef John's Shrimp and Grits

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"Shrimp and grits is a very simple recipe, but make sure you have everything ready before you start cooking the shrimp. They only take a few minutes to sauté, so you don't have time to run and chop scallions or juice a lemon. Once everything is assembled, this recipe is a snap. To make things even easier, you can make the grits a bit ahead since they stay hot a very long time."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    55 mins


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until almost crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer bacon to a dish, leaving drippings in the skillet.
  2. Whisk 1/4 cup water, cream, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl.
  3. Stir 4 cups water, butter, and 1 teaspoon salt together in a pot; bring to a boil. Whisk grits into pot, bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook until grits are creamy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir white Cheddar cheese into grits.
  4. Place shrimp in a large bowl and season with Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  5. Heat skillet with bacon drippings over high heat. Cook shrimp in hot bacon fat in a single layer for 1 minute. Turn shrimp and add jalapeno; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir cream mixture, bacon, green onion, and garlic to shrimp mixture; cook and stir, adding water as necessary to thin the sauce, until shrimp are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  6. Ladle grits into a bowl and top with shrimp and sauce.
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Apr 01, 2014

I used 4 lbs of shrimps,added more bacon lots of peppers, everyone thought I was a genius and great chef

Sep 10, 2014

This was so simple and easy to make!!! My 10 yo loved this dish! VERY GOOD

Jun 23, 2014

Another great job, Chef John! This was exactly what I wanted for Shrimp and Grits! I make a Cheese Grits Casserole often and it worked well for this dish, and added the make-ahead benefit! The shrimp and sauce mixture was very tasty, and so good that I will make more sauce next time! Recommend passing the shrimp thru the hot pan quickly, add the veg's, then sauce, then shrimp back to finish. So easy to overcook shrimp! This will be a great brunch dish!

Dec 17, 2014

This was yumbolicious. You really can't go wrong with cream and lemon but the Cajun flavoring took it to another level. I had to use 2 lbs of smaller shrimp and so I doubled the sauce. There ended up being too much sauce so I will adjust that next time. I used the Cajun seasoning recipe from this site. I also had some leftover Andouille sausage that I put in with the bacon. I just realized I never added the fresh garlic, whoopsie. Didn't notice it at all, don't think it's necessary.

Apr 20, 2014

Right up there with what we're used to--New Orleans Shrimp and Grits. I don't keep whipping cream on hand, so I replaced it with 1/2 nonfat plain yogurt and 1/2 unsweetened soy milk. We didn't miss the whipping cream, but it probably would have put this over the top. Definitely a keeper!

Jan 06, 2015

I made this dish on Saturday. It was sooooo yummy. I didn't change a thing, besides cut it in half. So happy that I have what I need to make it again!

Dec 29, 2014

I have used this recipe as a base two times now. Hubby has ulcers and horrid reflex so I have to tame down the hotter ingredients. I don't keep Cajun seasoning on had so I use a spicy Italian seasoning grinder. It has just the right about of kick for us. I also found out tonight that it you don't have green onion, white onion works too. I will definitely keep this recipe around.

Dec 28, 2014

This was an awesome dish made it just like he did but i did add a couple more strips of bacon


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  • Calories
  • 434 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 226 mg
  • 75%
  • Fat
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 1498 mg
  • 60%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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