Garlic Cheese Grits with Shrimp Recipe -
Garlic Cheese Grits with Shrimp Recipe
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Garlic Cheese Grits with Shrimp

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"This is my version of a South Carolina coastal specialty. It will make a grits lover out of anyone!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Cook grits according to package directions. Stir in cubed cheese and cayenne pepper. Keep warm over low heat.
  2. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute garlic and tomato until tomato begins to soften. Stir in shrimp and lemon juice. Saute until shrimp are pink. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Spread warm grits on a serving platter and pour shrimp mixture on top.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2008

This was a great, simple recipe. I did use one South Carolina trick that you didn't mention--I cooked the grits in Chicken Broth rather than water, plus I added a little Half & Half to make the grits a little creamier. I used frozen jumbo shrimp-- Outstanding! This is definitely a Dinner Club-worthy recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 09, 2011

the grits were amazing but the shrimp were a little bland, I'm thinking that maybe some old bay seasoning would've helped the shrimp taste a little bit better.

Feb 10, 2009

I am giving this 5 stars because the shrimp mixture with the sauce is incredible and SO easy to make, however I used the Velveeta grits recipe the first time I made this and it was awful. As a Southern girl who knows a thing or two about grits, I recommend you use real cheese, a dash of garlic, and some cayenne for your grits...cook them really low and keep adding water and/or milk until you get a nice, smooth consistency. I don't really modify the shrimp portion of the recipe, except for adding a little extra garlic and some turkey sausage (since shrimp is so expensive). I make this weekly and my family loves it!

Jan 03, 2004

This turned out great! I had a similar recipe in Charleston on a business trip and had a craving for this very dish. I did vary from the recipe by adding processed cheese (velvetta) instead of garlic cheese. The shrimp mixture was plenty garlicy by itself. A definite keeper!

Feb 12, 2009

This recipe is amazing! The only things I changed was to cook the grits in chicken broth and, because I didn't have the garlic cheese, I added about a cup of cheddar cheese and 2 tbsp of cream cheese into the grits. Talk about WONDERFUL! My husband got a small bowl at first thinking it wouldn't be good but was shocked how great it was. Of course he went back for seconds! I highly recommend this recipe!

Feb 20, 2008

If you don't make this, your crazy!! I have to say that as many times as we've made it and for as many different pallets who've tried it, it has ALWAYS been a hit! I never found the garlic cheese, so I just added extra cloves to the sautéed tomatoes. Also, I always add extra tomatoes, cayenne pepper and cheese because it is sooo good!

Mar 29, 2010

This is the first time I've ever eaten Shrimp and Grits let alone cooking it. But I hear people raving about it all the time so I had to try it. My family loved it and I will definitely be making this again. I took some to work the next day and had to fight off all the co-workers trying to get my lunch. Of course I had to bring the recipe for everyone the next day.

Aug 26, 2009

I've been looking for a great shrimp/grits recipe full of flavor and have found it. Easy!! The only thing different I did was cook the grits in chicken broth as done in Savannah... Excellent.


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  • Calories
  • 634 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 341 mg
  • 114%
  • Fat
  • 32.5 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 50.4 g
  • 101%
  • Sodium
  • 1054 mg
  • 42%

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

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