Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Over the weekend I went to Food Blog South, a celebration of Southern food and Southern bloggers.

Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits

This first time conference was, overall, a wonderful experience and I highly recommend those interested in the food culture of the South to consider attending their next event.  Our lunch during the conference was a favorite of mine – grits!  We  had three options for topping the grits: green beans, braised pork cheeks, and Gulf Coast shrimp.  Of the three I tried the braised pork and the Gulf shrimp, and both were great.  So great, in fact, that it stuck with me all the way back home to Dallas.

In this dish I used Gulf Coast shrimp.  During the conference there was a panel discussion regarding the safety of seafood in the Gulf after the oil disaster.  What you may not know is that, so far, it looks like seafood coming from the Gulf is safe to eat … and I will add that it is just as delicious as ever.  With my shrimp at the ready I next needed to decide how to cook them.  I decided to marinate and grill my shrimp.  Grilling adds a smokey flavor to the shrimp that, when nestled on a bed of wonderfully cheesy grits, is irresistible.  I did add a little drizzle of spicy hot sauce … cause I likes it spicy!  Creamy grits topped with slightly charred shrimp absolutely can not be beat!

Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits    Serves 4

For the shrimp:
1 pound peeled, tail on shrimp (21/25 preferred)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

For the grits:
1 1/2 cup milk, 2% or higher
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup quick cooking grits, or polenta
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 ounces fresh grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon hot sauce, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon butter

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In a medium bowl combine the shrimp, lemon juice, oil, salt, paprika, cumin, chili powder, and pepper.  Toss to coat and allow to stand for ten minutes.  Thread the shrimp on metal, or soaked wood, skewers and drizzle the marinade over the shrimp.  Allow to stand for an additional five minutes.

Heat a grill pan, or a charcoal or gas grill, to medium heat.  Grill the shrimp until pink and opaque, about two minutes per side.  Wrap the cooked shrimp loosely in foil while you prepare the grits.

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In a medium sauce pan combine the milk, chicken stock, water, and salt until it boils.  Slowly whisk in the grits then reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring constantly, until the grits are tender and thickened, about five minutes.  Turn off the heat and add the cheeses, hot sauce, and butter.  Stir until melted and combined.

Serve the shrimp over the grits with a drizzle of hot sauce, if desired, or a spritz of lemon.

Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits


Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits

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Author: Kelly

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  • First, I have to say I’m jealous that you got to go to the conference! It was a little far for me to come from Pennsylvania…Not to mention my saturday classes. Maybe next year.

    Second…I’m jealous that you have such easy access to gulf shrimp. Nothing can match that wonderful, salty, full flavor. I ate as much as I could last summer when I was home.

    I’ve had and made plenty of Shrimp and Grits, but never grilled shrimp! Another recipe to add to the list. I’m sure it is a wonderful enhancement of flavor! It looks fabulous.

  • Seriously…one of my all time favorite meals. Love shrimp and grits…just love them. My mouth waters looking at your photos!

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  • Being a southern girl I am a HUGE fan of shrimp’n’grits. I’m glad that you enjoyed them enough to bring back a recipe for us. ^_^

    Also, I’m glad that people are buying seafood from the Gulf and encouraging others to do so as well!

  • RavieNomNoms

    ooo that look delicious!

  • Looks so tempting. Never heard of grits in our parts so this is definitely something would love to try!

  • ooooh shrimp and grits has my heart! love that amazing combination 🙂

  • Confession – I have never tried grits. This looks so good that I am going to have to try them soon.

  • That looks so comforting and delicious!

  • Gorgeous! My favorite food ever! Great job!

  • Oh wow! These look even better than the ones on Saturday (if I’m allowed to say that!)

    It was so great meeting you, Kelly. I’ve been a longtime fan of your blog. I wish you the best of luck working on your new cookbook! I absolutely can not wait to read it! 🙂

  • This dish would definitely make my day better. LOVE shrimp and grits. I’m so glad we got to meet up at the conference. August to January is entirely too long.

  • There’s still a southern boy running deep in my veins and grits is what he eats! Congrats on TasteSpotting we are neighbors there today. GREG

  • I glad to hear you had fun at the conference! Your shrimp & grits dish looks so tasty!

  • Perfect, classic southern dish with cheesy grits!! Love it!

  • I love grits! But my husband doesn’t, but he does love shrimp… Maybe if I make this he’ll eat some? I love that there’s a lot of cheese in here!

  • Roxan – This may well be the recipe to convert him! 🙂 I hope so anyway …

  • It looks so good.. and it makes me hungry 🙂 Pictures are really great

  • Um…yum?!! That looks heavenly delicious! I seriously have yet to experience great grits, but these look awesome. All that cheesy goodness AND the shrimp? I’m sold!

  • never had grits before…this looks delicious though! May just have to try it now!

  • Perfect timing. Karen was just saying this week how much she wanted to make shrimp and grits. I’ve never had it, so yours will, no doubt, be the shrimp and grits by which all others will be judged.

  • Amazing pictures. Looks de-li-ci-ous!

  • That’s the best looking shrimp ‘n grits I’ve ever seen! Looks wonderful and delicious.

    Congrats on Top 9!!

  • J. M. K.

    That looks heavenly! Life just isn’t complete until you’ve had shrimp and cheese grits. I’ve never attempted it at home though. I am definitely giving your recipe a try.

  • That shrimp and grits looks really tasty!

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