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Chef John's Shrimp and Grits

Chef John's Shrimp and Grits

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Chef John

Shrimp and grits is a very simple recipe, but make sure you have everything ready before you start cooking the shrimp. They only take a few minutes to sauté, so you don't have time to run and chop scallions or juice a lemon. Once everything is assembled, this recipe is a snap. To make things even easier, you can make the grits a bit ahead since they stay hot a very long time.

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  • Calories:
  • 434 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs:
  • 33.2g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 226 mg
  • 75%
  • Sodium:
  • 1498 mg
  • 60%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until almost crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer bacon to a dish, leaving drippings in the skillet.
  2. Whisk 1/4 cup water, cream, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl.
  3. Stir 4 cups water, butter, and 1 teaspoon salt together in a pot; bring to a boil. Whisk grits into pot, bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook until grits are creamy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir white Cheddar cheese into grits.
  4. Place shrimp in a large bowl and season with Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  5. Heat skillet with bacon drippings over high heat. Cook shrimp in hot bacon fat in a single layer for 1 minute. Turn shrimp and add jalapeno; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir cream mixture, bacon, green onion, and garlic to shrimp mixture; cook and stir, adding water as necessary to thin the sauce, until shrimp are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  6. Ladle grits into a bowl and top with shrimp and sauce.
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Reviews

Al Ricketts
7
4/1/2014

I used 4 lbs of shrimps,added more bacon lots of peppers, everyone thought I was a genius and great chef

jjc
3
9/10/2014

This was so simple and easy to make!!! My 10 yo loved this dish! VERY GOOD

digrr
3
6/23/2014

Another great job, Chef John! This was exactly what I wanted for Shrimp and Grits! I make a Cheese Grits Casserole often and it worked well for this dish, and added the make-ahead benefit! The shrimp and sauce mixture was very tasty, and so good that I will make more sauce next time! Recommend passing the shrimp thru the hot pan quickly, add the veg's, then sauce, then shrimp back to finish. So easy to overcook shrimp! This will be a great brunch dish!