Cajun Shrimp And Grits


For Cajun Shrimp:

  • 1½lbjumbo shrimp,peeled and deveined
  • 5slicebacon,thick, chopped
  • 2tbspsparsley,chopped
  • 2tspsgarlic,minced
  • 2green onions,thinly sliced
  • ½cupred bell pepper,diced
  • 1tspCajun salt
  • 1tspsmoked paprika
  • ¼cupbroth,or stock
  • ½lemon,(optional)
  • salt
  • pepper

For Grits:

  • 1cupQuick Grits
  • 2cupwater
  • 3cupmilk,sub with water
  • 1bay leaf
  • 4tbspsunsalted butter
  • 2cupwhite sharp cheddar cheese,preferably smoked
  • salt,to taste


For Cajun Shrimp:

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté bacon until brown and crisp – this may take about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove bacon from skillet and transfer to a plate. There will be some bacon drippings left in the pan (about 3 tablespoons).

Add about 1 tablespoon of oil/butter to the pan. Followed by shrimp. Season with Cajun salt, and sauté shrimp for about 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.

Then add garlic, paprika, bell pepper, parsley, and green onions. Add about 1/4 cup broth or more – adjust to preference . Continue cooking for another 3 minutes.

Add shrimp towards the last minute, together with lemon juice, if desired , adjust to taste. Throw in the crisp bacon. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Remove and serve over grits.

For Grits:

Start by adding water, milk, bay leaf and salt to a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Gradually whisk in the grits, until you have added the whole thing in the pot, a little at a time. Keep stirring with a whisk to prevent any lumps.

If needed, remove saucepan from heat while trying to get rid of lumps.

Reduce heat and cook grits at a bare simmer, covered, stirring frequently, until water is fully absorbed and grits thickened. This will take about 15 minutes.

Remove grits from heat; add butter and cheese, stirring with a whisk until cheese melts.

Assemble the dish by placing the grits at the bottom of a shallow bowl, Cajun shrimp and it’s sauce. Enjoy piping hot!


Laura Mariano

Written by Laura Mariano

Laura Mariano is a food blogger who founded Recipes By to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Spain, Laura was inspired by exquisite dishes prepared using simple ingredients. Laura Mariano is particularly known for making anyone can cook.

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