Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

This quick and easy shrimp and grits recipe will wow your family as a weeknight meal or impress guests at a dinner party. The vein of the shrimp runs along the back of the shrimp, just below the surface, and is actually the digestive tract. It won't cause you harm to eat, but can taste gritty (and you definitely don't want that), so it's best to remove it. To see how to do so, click here.

Yields: Makes 4 servings


3 cups chicken broth

1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons butter

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

6 slices bacon, chopped

2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

6 green onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

How to Make It

Bring chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat; stir in grits. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in salt and next 3 ingredients. Set aside, and keep warm.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon from pan.

Cook shrimp in same pan over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until almost pink, stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and next 4 ingredients, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in bacon.

Spoon grits onto individual plates or into shallow bowls; top with shrimp mixture. Serve immediately.


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