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How to Make Shrimp and Grits

A quick and easy recipe for the ultimate Southern comfort food classic - Shrimp and Grits.

A healthy recipe makeover of classic shrimp and grits.

~by Regan Jones, RD

If you've ever visited the South, you've surely had a chance to enjoy this classic comfort food favorite. (If not, come on back down!) Shrimp and Grits are the classic southern dish that are uniquely special enough for a wedding or holiday brunch, but easy enough for a weeknight family meal. 

 

A quick and easy recipe for the ultimate Southern comfort food classic - Shrimp and Grits.

 

I love this dish for so many reason, but mostly because it's the perfect pairing of spicy, creamy comfort food. The key is to make sure your grits are thick and salted (not "salty" but the hallmark of a good southern bowl of grits is that they be thick and well seasoned.) The recipe below goes easy on the hot sauce, even at 3 tablespoons. But if you like yours extra spicy, feel free to use more. 

 

A quick and easy recipe for the ultimate Southern comfort food classic - Shrimp and Grits.

 

Here's how easy it is to have this dish on your table tonight

 

A quick and easy recipe for the ultimate Southern comfort food classic - Shrimp and Grits.

 

 

A quick and easy recipe for the ultimate Southern comfort food classic - Shrimp and Grits.
A quick and easy recipe for the ultimate Southern comfort food classic - Shrimp and Grits.

Shrimp and Grits

Yield

Serves 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup dry quick cooking grits (not instant)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions

  1. Combine water, grits and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Continue cooking an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Combine remaining butter and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a large non-stick skillet; bring to a boil. Add shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp are done.

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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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