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Cajun Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Shrimp and Grits is an easy recipe to make ay home in just 30 minutes! Serve this dish for a delicious Mardi Gras brunch or dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 545 kcal



  • 3 cups chicken broth regular sodium
  • 1 cup milk regular or oat milk
  • 1 cup grits stone ground white
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or a vegan butter alternative
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese optional
  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper


  • 4 oz. bacon chopped
  • 1 lb. shrimp 20/25 count, peeled, deveined, tails on
  • 1 ½ - 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning depending on spice preference
  • ½ cup sweet onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ¼ - ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ cup chicken broth optional
  • ¼ cup green onions finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • Lemon juice optional


  1. Add 3 cups broth and milk to a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Stir in grits and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes to prevent clumping.

  2. Once the grits are cooked, mix in butter, cheddar cheese, if desired, salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. While the grits are cooking add chopped bacon to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until crispy. Remove bacon from the skillet using a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.
  4. Add chopped onion and bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Mix in garlic and continue sauteing for another minute.
  5. Push vegetables to the side and add shrimp to the skillet in a single layer. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over them. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp become opaque and their tails begin to curl.
  6. Pour in ¼ cup broth and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Add bacon back into the skillet for a minute or two to warm up.

  7. Serve 5-6 shrimp over grits with 1 tablespoon of green onions and 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, too, if you'd prefer. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  • To Store: Place the grits and shrimp mixture in separate airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: You can also seal in individual freezer-safe airtight containers and freeze for up to 2 months.
Nutrition Facts
Cajun Shrimp and Grits Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 240mg80%
Sodium 1953mg85%
Potassium 796mg23%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 3604IU72%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 222mg22%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.