Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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This Shrimp and Grits Recipe is easy and so comforting! You only need a handful of ingredients and about 30 minutes.

The first time I tried Shrimp and Grits was in Nashville. I tried one bite and I was sold. Creamy grits, salty bacon flavor, tender shrimp, all-around warm comfort food. It was magical. Once I came home, I did my best to make an easy but still delicious version and man does this recipe deliver!

Shrimp and Grits recipe

But first,

What are Shrimp and Grits?

Shrimp and Grits are a traditional breakfast from coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Though I’ve seem versions of this all across the south as Lunch and Dinner, I prefer this as a hearty brunch option.

I’ve never had grits before. Can you explain them?

Grits are essentially ground corn whisked into salted water and cooked until thick; are similar to a polenta or cream of wheat. Pretty plain from the start and typically finished with savory ingredients like butter, cream, cheese and more. If you add the right combination of things, they are amazing. {Just like polenta….and cream of wheat.} See my ‘how to make’ section for more information.

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

How to make Shrimp and Grits

This recipe has two easy sections: making the shrimp and then making the grits. Both take about 15 minutes each with a little prep time, so overall you can be eating this dish in about 30 minutes.

  1. Start by making the grits: bring chicken stock to boil, whisk in grits, reduce the heat and start cooking for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. While the grits cook, make the shrimp: saute onions and bacon in a skillet until bacon starts to crisp.
  3. Stir in the garlic, shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook until the shrimp just turns pink and remove from heat.
  4. Once grits are done cooking, add heavy cream and fold in butter, both types of cheese and extra salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Spoon grits into a bowl and top with shrimp and bacon mixture. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

What to serve with this recipe

Since shrimp and grits are usually synonymous with the southern soul food, I like to pair this recipe with simple southern sides:

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4.89 from 9 votes

Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe

This Shrimp and Grits Recipe is easy and so comforting! Pile on the cheese in the grits and feel free to add more bacon!!!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


for the shrimp-

  • 5 slices bacon sliced, I used hickory smoked
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lb peeled & deveined shrimp small size; 51-60 ct
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

for the grits-

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup quick grits* not instant
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups medium cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • parsley fresh, for garnish


for the grits

  • Bring chicken broth to rolling boil in large pot. Whisk in grits, salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium and cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once grits are completely cooked, add heavy cream, butter and cheeses. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.

for the shrimp (while 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.

put it all together!

  • Spoon grits into bowl and top with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.



*You may substitute steel cut grits if desired, but they take a lot longer to cook. I suggest following the package directions for the cooking time. I do not recommend using instant grits as those are precooked and then dried. 


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1486mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1185IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: how to make shrimp and grits, shrimp and grits, shrimp and grits recipe

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27 Responses
  1. Alfredo

    4 stars
    Thanks for posting this recipe! I’ve made this recipe numerous times. It’s easy to make and it’s crowd pleaser, for sure. The only feedback I have is that the cooking times, especially for the grits, are way too short. You could easily add another 10-15 minutes to the grits so they don’t come out undercooked. If you cook it truly at a medium temperature, they will also have a tendency to burn. I cook at a lower temperature for about 25 minutes (sometimes more) and the grits will come out with the right consistency.

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  3. Carmen Douglas

    5 stars
    Made this today for brunch. I was looking for a quick and easy recipe. This was great and exceeded my expectations! I added about 2 tablespoons of almond milk to the sauteed shrimp mixer. This will be in my regular rotation.

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  5. james

    5 stars
    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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  7. Megan {Country Cleaver}

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

  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    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!

  9. Karen

    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.

  10. Deborah

    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!

  11. M.C.@ ThousandStoryKitchen

    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?

  12. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    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

  13. Tieghan

    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!