Shrimp and Grits

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Shrimp and Grits go together like… well… shrimp and grits! This classic southern combo couldn’t be more comforting.  Cheesy grits are topped with bacon, peppers, and juicy shrimp to create a mouthwatering dish you will not just have one bowl of!

A bowl of shrimp and grits topped with crumbled bacon, juicy shrimp, peppers. and parsley.

Shrimp and Grits

Along with Bang Bang Shrimp and Shrimp Linguine, this easy Shrimp and Grits recipes is one of my favorites. Where I live Shrimp and Grits is not on the menu very often but it’s a dish I fell in love with several times over and especially on a visit to Nashville! I knew I had to recreate this favorite to share with all of you! 

There’s something magical about cheesy, buttery grits. The addition of juicy shrimp and crispy bacon really pull this dish into the next tier of comfort food. This whole dish is really quick to make, while the grits are simmering I prep and fry the shrimp and it’s all ready to serve in no time at all!

Fresh shrimp tastes the best in this easy shrimp and grits recipe, but you can use frozen if that’s what you have on hand. I like to remove the tails if I am serving more than just my family. It just makes it a little easier for everyone to shovel their dish in their mouths!

What are Grits?

Grits are similar in texture to cream of wheat, but they are made from corn. They are super versatile, meaning you can add basically any mixin’s or spices to them that you’d like (sweet or savory)!

Plump and juicy shrimp on a bed of cheesy grits with bacon and parsley.

How To Make Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits is a simple dish to execute and the flavor is off the charts. Grits don’t get strained (similar to cream of wheat),  and depending on the grits you use, the cooking time will differ slightly (check your package to be sure)!

  • Put grits on the stove top with broth.
  • While the grits cook, fry bacon pieces.
  • Fry shrimp and peppers in bacon grease with seasoning.
  • Stir some sharp shredded cheddar cheese and butter into the grits

Voila!! Top the cheesy grits with shrimp/pepper/bacon deliciousness. Grits change in texture when they cool down, so make sure you enjoy it while it is hot!

What To Serve With Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits are pretty rich, so if you’re pairing the meal with something keep it on the lighter side.  I love serving this easy shrimp and grits recipe alongside a delicious salad or even just with some dinner rolls to sop up the leftover butter from the shrimp. It is definitely a complete and filling meal on its own!

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Shrimp and Grits

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
This classic southern combo couldn’t be more comforting. Cheesy grits are topped with bacon, peppers, and juicy shrimp to create a mouthwatering dish you will not just have one bowl of!


  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1/3 cup onion diced
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped
Cheese Grits
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup grits

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  1. Bring water, chicken broth and garlic powder to a boil in a medium pot. Add grits and cook for 18-20 minutes or thick and creamy (or follow times listed on your grits package). Remove from heat and stir in cheese and butter until melted.

  2. Meanwhile, chop bacon. Fry in a medium sized pan until crispy. Remove from pan leaving drippings in the pan (should be about 1 tablespoon).

  3. Saute onions in the bacon grease 3-4 minutes or until slightly softened. Add bell peppers and cook until tender, about 3 minutes more. Remove the peppers and onions from the pan and set aside.

  4. Toss the shrimp with garlic powder and Old Bay seasoning. Cook in the pan 2-3 minutes on each side. Add onion mixture back in along with lemon juice and parsley.

  5. Serve shrimp mixture overtop of grits. Garnish with crumbled bacon, parsley, and lemon wedges. 

Recipe Notes

If using quick cooking grits reduced cooking time to about 10 minutes or until creamy.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 427, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 250mg, Sodium: 1220mg, Potassium: 250mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 27g, Vitamin A: 725%, Vitamin C: 18.6%, Calcium: 330%, Iron: 2.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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These cheesy shrimp and grits are a comfort food classic, and couldn't be easier! I am in love with this dish! #spendwithpennies #shrimp #grits #shrimpandgrits #peppers #bacon #southern
These cheesy shrimp and grits are a comfort food classic, and couldn't be easier! I am in love with this dish! #spendwithpennies #shrimp #grits #shrimpandgrits #peppers #bacon #southern

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