Shrimp and Grits

by Michelle on March 26, 2010

“If there is one dish that makes me want to march down Fifth Avenue waving the American flag, it’s shrimp and grits.” Bobby Flay

A few weeks ago my husband, Mr. Tastebuds, requested Shrimp and Grits for dinner. It’s unusual for him to request anything but when he does I go out of my way to make it.

There are so many recipes for Shrimp and Grits; North Carolina Shrimp and Grits, Louisiana Shrimp and Grits, Charleston Shrimp and Grits, Uptown, Cajun and I even found a Michigan Shrimp and Grits. And then of course there’s variations with cheese, bacon and tomatoes and the list goes on and on. But for our first experience with Shrimp and Grits I thought it best to try something as simple as possible and not heavy with cheese. From the first bite to the last, we thoroughly enjoyed this dish and I will definitely be making it again.

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Shrimp and Grits

Grits:
1-2 TBL butter
2 tsp salt
2 cups quick grits

Sauce:
6 green onions, minced
1 TBL olive oil
2 TBL each, diced red and green bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
36 medium shrimp, peeled (I usually leave the tails on for more color but you can remove them if you want.)
2 TBL flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup of light cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, bring 6 cups water, the butter, and salt to a boil. Slowly whisk in the grits. Continue whisking occasionally for about 5 minutes, until the grits are thick and tender. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

For the sauce, in a heavy bottomed fry pan heat 1 TBL olive oil. Stir in the onion, peppers and garlic and cook until barely soft. Add the shrimp and stir to combine. Sprinkle in the flour, and stir, making sure all of the flour is well incorporated. Add the wine and cream, stirring well until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the shrimp and sauce over grits.

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  • Fresh Local and Best March 26, 2010 at 5:20 am

    This looks like a great traditional recipe for shrimp and grits. I’ve had the one at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain, and it was good.

  • The Duo Dishes March 26, 2010 at 5:35 am

    The NC style is how we go about it. This is a breakfast (or dinner) not to pass up!

  • Angie's Recipes March 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

    WOW These giant shrimps look undoubtedly gorgeous! I have never had them together with grits. Must make myself some!

  • Allie and Pattie March 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Shrimp and Grits is one of the best things I EVER gained from moving South-YUM!
    xoxo Pattie

  • My Carolina Kitchen March 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Shrimp and grits are probably my favorite meal. I like to make it for house guests for breakfast.

    I read once to make grits extra creamy cook in cream. Not add cream as you suggested — it was all cream, no other liquid. It took rich over the limit for me. They were fabulous, but a little too rich. Now I cook my grits in milk and water.

    Your photos are fabulous. I’ll have to give your recipe a try.
    Sam

  • Joanne March 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Tragically. I’ve never had grits. I’m missing out on the best things in life, I fear. I need to make this.

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) March 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Nice ring to it – shrimp and grits! My, it looks phenomenal, Michelle. :) You’re right, cheese would have made the gravy on the heavy side.

  • Haden News March 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I love Shrimp & Grits and have made many different versions! We even had them at my daughter’s wedding reception and people are still talking about them, almost 2 years later!!

  • Lisa@Pickles and Cheese March 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I too am a big fan of Shrimp and Grits. So fun for me to find a new version on a menu somewhere that I haven’t tried. My favorite so far was made using a smoked Gouda cheese. So delicious. Yours looks delicious. You are a brave and adventurous cook!

  • kat March 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    That looks beautiful!

  • mrs. c March 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I think that shrimp and grits is one of the most wonderful things to eat! My son and I make this together and it is even sweeter! I think this dish just screams LOW COUNTRY!

  • Bonnie March 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Having grown up in the West, I never tasted grits until I was married. We love them in any way shape or form. They’re the American Polenta!!! Yours lookfabulous.

  • Ria Mathew March 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Michelle, you have me drooling here ! I love Shrimps!Hailing from a coastal town (Kerala) in India, we had PLENTY of shrimps available throughout the year!

    This is something I am definately going to try, never had it before. It looks very delicious!

  • biz319 March 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Michelle – that looks delicious! Although, truth be told, not sure I’ve ever had grits before! 😀

    Okay, one more weekend of cool weather and next week should be good for us!

  • Sook March 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I love shrimp! This looks great!

  • YankeeQuilter March 27, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I love the shrimp with cheese grits from a restaurant near Edisto Beach in the South Carolina Low-country…friends had to twist my arm to get me to try it! Very little cheese is used in the grits and it is more of a brown sauce with a bit of allspice…sooo good.

  • TeaLady March 27, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Yum on the shrimp and grits. Love making it. Have to try this recipe.

    Looks fantastic

  • Mimi March 27, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I’ve never had shrimp and grits before, it look delicious. I live in the west and grits are not big here. The only grits I’ve had were plain and served with butter.
    Mimi

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen March 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Your photo is making my so hungry! I’ve never had grits but if you loved it it must be a great recipe. If it’s from ‘Uncle Bubba’ it must be good :)

  • teresa March 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    oh my gosh, how yummy! the pictures are so enticing!

  • Taste of Beirut March 28, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I first tasted cheese grits in Vicksburg, Mississipi and it was love at first bite; subsequently, I toured a bunch of places in the south looking for more grits, your dish is exactly what I was looking for!

  • Sophie March 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I never tasted shrimps & grits!

    A must try because of the dish looks so comforting & tasty too!

  • Kim March 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Gotta love any gravy that starts with an entire quart of heavy cream:D The Shrimp and grits looks delicious!

  • Lisa March 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I do love Shrimp and Grits. I ate them a while back at a great local restaurant but I never make them myself. I don’t know why. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jamie March 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Wow wow this would even get ME eating grits? But then who could doubt someone called Uncle Bubba?

  • Fuji Mama March 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    These look fabulous! I LOVE grits and these look extra creamy.

  • Kayte April 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I’m with you, I never know which recipe is going to be the one so I just never have tried it…now I will try it as I trust you on having things around here that match with our tastes, experience tells me so. The colors alone in this dish are so exciting with their vibrancy, who would not want to sit down and be presented with a plate of this?

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