Shrimp and Grits Recipe – this easy shrimp and grits is ready in minutes and is perfect for busy weeknights. Cheesy grits take it over the top, the whole family is going to love it!
This post is sponsored by Princess Cruises. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
My family loves shrimp. They pretty much love all seafood. It can be as easy as Hot Crab Dip for a party and they will go crazy. Some of our favorite dinners involved shrimp though. Crispy Baked Shrimp is a go to because it is so easy to make, and disappears every time.
Recently when I was on the Princess Cruises Alaska cruise I was reminded how much I like grits. In particular cheddar grits. Please tell me I am not alone. On the Princess ships there are quite a few dining option. The specialty dining is over the top amazing, and at the Bayou Steakhouse they make the best grits.
I remember from the last cruise I was one, you know the one where I stocked the cafe for Nutella donuts every day, that I needed to be on the lookout for the cheddar grits. The Bayou Steakhouse has an appetizer that is a serving of cheese grits with spicy sausage served over the top. It is amazing and I ordered it as soon as I saw it on the menu.
As soon as I got home I knew I had to recreate those grits as a meal. And what goes better with grits that shrimp. Who hasn’t heard of shrimp and grits before, right? I have made it a few times before, but it is always something I forget about. But not anymore! Adding sausage to the mix and making extra cheesy grits turned this into a staple at our house.
What are grits
Grits are really nothing more than corn. It is ground corn kernels that is similar in texture to corn meal or polenta. It is a little finer than polenta, but very similar. Then they are boiled with either water or milk until thick and creamy. I like to use a mixture of water and milk so they get extra creamy and delicious. To make these cheese grits I just added in a little butter and cheese at the end. Super easy and so good.
So now that you know what are grits, let’s get to this easy shrimp and grits recipe. I buy the quick cooking grits that come in a canister similar to oatmeal. It is usually in the cereal isle. I follow the directions on the back and just use half milk and half water for the liquid. Once it is hot, I stir in a little butter and cheese to serve. Couldn’t be easier.
As for the shrimp and sausage they pretty much just saute in a pan. Shrimp and grits are pretty basic, you just let the ingredients shine through. I used andouille sausage for the heat and spice. I like to cut into little coin slices and brown them. Then add the shrimp and garlic and you are pretty much done. It all creates a little sauce that you serve over the grits.
I love getting home from a vacation and getting to create some of the food that we had there. It gets to bring you back and enjoy the trip again over and over. I have to say this shrimp and grits will always remind me of our Alaskan vacation. Food definitely has a way of doing that and bringing you back to a location or time in your memory.
And I love that I can make this shrimp and grits recipe for my family in minutes and they love it as much as I do. It will be on the menu regularly at our house. I always like to stock up when shrimp is on sale, so I can make things like this any night of the week.
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- 12 oz andouille sausage , sliced
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 Tbls butter
- 1 Tbls olive oil
- 2 tsp cajun seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup quick cooking grits
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 Tbls butter
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sliced sausage to the pan, spreading out into a single layer. Brown for 3-4 minutes per side, until hot and turning golden.
- Meanwhile season shrimp with cajun seasoning.
- Remove sausage from the pan. Add olive oil and butter. Once butter is melted add garlic and shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the shrimp is full cooked. Add sausage back into the pan. Mix and drizzle with lemon juice.
- Serve immediately over the grits.
To Make Grits
- In a saucepan bring water and milk to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat, over and cook for 5-7 minutes or until thickened; stirring occasionally.
- Once the grits are thick stir in butter and cheese and mix until well combined. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 520Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 244mgSodium 2209mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 34g
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** This post is sponsored by Princess Cruises. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.