Shrimp and Grits go together like… well… shrimp and grits! Cheesy grits are topped with bacon, peppers, and juicy shrimp to create a favorite I can’t resist.

Much like my love for collard greens and a creamy mac and cheese recipe, this classic southern combo couldn’t be more comforting.

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Shrimp and Grits are SO Easy!

Along with Bang Bang Shrimp and Shrimp Linguine, this easy recipe is one of my favorites.

There’s something magical about the combo of buttery grits topped with juicy shrimp. 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!

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)!

I use regular grits in this recipe but you can use quick cooking (a finer grind) or stone ground (a coarser grind that takes longer to cook.

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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)!

  1. Put grits on the stove top with broth.
  2. While the grits cook, fry bacon. Set aside.
  3. Fry shrimp and peppers in bacon grease with seasoning.
  4. 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!

TIP: If I am serving my family, I remove the tails for easy eating. For guests, I often leave the tails on for a pretty presentation, the choice is yours.

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What To Serve With Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits are pretty rich and filling, 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 simple tossed 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

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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • cup onion diced
  • cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped

Cheese Grits

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup grits


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, chop bacon. Fry in a medium sized pan until crispy. Remove from pan leaving drippings in the pan (should be about 1 tablespoon).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve shrimp mixture overtop of grits. Garnish with crumbled bacon, parsley, and lemon wedges. 



If using quick cooking grits reduced cooking time to about 10 minutes or until creamy.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 427 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 250mg | Sodium: 1220mg | Potassium: 250mg | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. My husband Loved it! My thoughts are it was good more of a spicey girl. Easy recipe did not have Green bell pepper used red, yellow and orange peppers. Made it before used all ingredients and was perfect. Will continue to make!5 stars

  2. Really good!! Used instant grits and they were done in about 10 minutes. This was so decadent and rich in flavor! We loved it. The bacon is a great touch! I used a yellow bell pepper since we were out of green and had pepper jack cheese with jalapenos that we grated since I was out of plain cheddar. This one is a keeper!

  3. I made this dish for breakfast this morning along with a slices of garlic toast and my family loved it. Great flavors and excellent texture. I rate it 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 stars