Cajun Shrimp & White Cheddar Cheese Grits

Cajun Shrimp & White Cheddar Cheese Grits

If I had to choose my last meal it would be the Southern classic, shrimp & grits. I’ve had it and made it almost every way possible and so far this recipe has been my favorite. Cajun Shrimp & White Cheddar Cheese Grits: cheesy grits drowned in a warm shrimp, bacon, corn and cream sauce. The ultimate comfort food.

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Shrimp and Cheese Grits Ingredients:

For Grits-

  • Chicken Broth
  • Whole Milk
  • Cornmeal
  • Butter– salted or unsalted.
  • Can Corn– drained, rinsed, and divided in half.
  • Shredded White Cheddar Cheese– or any shredded cheese that has a good melt. I’ve made this with Gouda cheese and it was also a fantastic smokey option.

For Shrimp Topping-

  • Thick Cut Bacon
  • Butter– salted or unsalted.
  • Shrimp– peeled and de-veined. I like to use extra large or colossal shrimp.
  • Garlic– minced.
  • Cajun Seasoning– almost every grocery store has a pre-made Cajun Seasoning in the spice aisle. My favorite is the Slap Ya Mama brand.
  • Heavy Cream
  • Green Onions or Chives– for garnish.

How to Serve Shrimp & Grits:

  • When to serve? This dish makes a fantastic dinner but an even better brunch! There’s not much better than a warm bowl of Shrimp & Grits paired with a mimosa (or two).
  • How to plate? Spoon 1 cup of grits into a serving bowl. Top with 1/4 of shrimp topping, garnish with green onions or chives, and serve immediately.
  • What to serve with it? This dish is pretty hearty and holds up well on it’s own, but there’s always room for a bread to wipe everything up! For bread I highly recommend biscuits, especially Cheddar Bay Biscuits (because all of the cheese please).

Substitutions & Variations:

  • Instead of bacon– try a Cajun smoked sausage! Just cut sausage into medallions, add to frying pan in a single layer, and cook as you would the bacon until brown on both sides.
  • Instead of White Cheddar Cheese- try a smokey Gouda cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, or Sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • Instead of Pre-Made Cajun Seasoning– try making your own! Use a blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, ground black pepper, ground white pepper, ground cayenne pepper, and kosher salt.
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Equipment Needed:

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How to Make Shrimp & Cheese Grits:

  • Make Grits– in a large pot, bring chicken broth and whole milk to a simmer. Slowly whisk in cornmeal, and turn heat down to medium-low. Continuously whisk grits until thickened and there are no more lumps, about 8 minutes. Remove pot from heat, add 2 tbsp of butter, shredded white cheddar, and half of canned corn. Continue whisking until butter and cheese have melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook Bacon– heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon to pan and cook about 3-5 minutes per side until crispy. Set bacon aside on a paper towel lined plate to drain grease. Drain grease from frying pan.
  • Make Shrimp Topping– in a mixing bowl, toss raw shrimp with minced garlic and cajun seasoning. Melt 2 tbsp butter in frying pan. Add shrimp in a single layer, cook 1.5-2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Pour in heavy cream, the rest of canned corn, and crumbled bacon. Simmer and stir for another 2-3 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat.
  • Plate, Top with Garnish, and Serve

Leftovers:

  • Store shrimp topping and grits separately in air tight containers. Shrimp topping when properly store will last 1-2 days and grits will last 4-6 days.
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Tips & Recipe Notes:

  • Shrimp & Grits are best served immediately.
  • Shrimp are done frying once they have curled over and the thickest part of the shrimp (where the vein has been pulled out) becomes opaque.

Recipes You May Also Love:

  • Cajun Shrimp Dipa super simple shrimp dip with all of the classic NOLA flavors. A little spicy, very creamy, and always delicious.
  • Creamy Chipotle Shrimp– shrimp, bacon, and onions swimming in a creamy yet spicy chipotle sauce. It only has a few ingredients, but it is PACKED with flavor & comes together in about 20 minutes.
  • Creamy Bacon, Corn, & Shrimp Soup– LOADED with shrimp, bacon, corn, and potatoes. It’s seriously comforting and what makes it even better is that it can be on your table in just 30 minutes.
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Shrimp & White Cheddar Cheese Grits

Shrimp & White Cheddar Cheese Grits: cheesy grits drowned in a warm shrimp, bacon, corn, cream sauce. The ultimate comfort food.
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun, Southern
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Tongs
  • Large Sauce Pan
  • Whisk
  • Skillet
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

For Grits:

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1-1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar
  • 15 oz canned corn drained & divided in half

For Shrimp Topping:

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 lb shrimp peeled, de-veined
  • 1.5 tbsp minced garlic about 3 cloves
  • 1.5 tsp Cajun Seaoning
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • green onion or chives garnish

Instructions
 

  • Make Grits- in a large pot, bring broth and whole milk to a simmer. Slowly whisk in cornmeal, and turn heat down to medium-low. Continuously whisk grits until thickened and there are no lumps, about 8 minutes. Remove pot from heat, add 2 tbsp butter, shredded white cheddar, and half of canned corn. Continue whisking until butter and cheese have melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook Bacon- heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon to pan and cook about 3-5 minutes per side until crispy. Set bacon aside on a paper towel lined plate to drain grease. Drain grease from frying pan.
  • Make Shrimp Topping- in a mixing bowl, toss raw shrimp with minced garlic and cajun seasoning. Melt 2 tbsp butter in frying pan. Add shrimp in a single layer, cook 1.5-2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Pour in heavy cream, the rest of canned corn, and crumbled bacon. Simmer and stir for another 2-3 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat.
  • Plate & Serve- spoon 1 cup of grits into a serving bowl. Top with 1/4 of shrimp topping, garnish with green onions or chives, and serve immediately.
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