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Easy cheesy grits with shrimp is a great weeknight meal that is quick and filling. Healthy, no. Yummy, yes! Snag your recipe here! shrimp and grits, grits with cheese, cheese grits, cheesy grits

Easy Cheesy Grits with Shrimp

I admired and acquired a recipe I found online and make a few tweaks to fit my personal taste. If you like cheese and a dash of garlic hidden in your grits you have come to the right place! Be sure to give the optional ingredients a try, too!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • stock pot
  • whisk
  • box grater
  • measuring cups
  • Saute pan or grill pan
  • shallow bowls or deep plates


  • 6 cups chicken broth vegetable can be be substituted
  • 8 oz butter, salted
  • 2 cups heavy cream whipping cream can be substituted
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder add more if you love garlic
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups stone-ground course grits You can used course ground polenta if grits are not available
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shred with box grater 12-16 oz block before shredding
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Optional ingredients

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded use the extra cheese to top the finished dish and put it under the broiler to melt
  • 1/2 cup bacon, crumbled add into the grits or sprinkle on top



  • Combine the broth, cream, and water in the stockpot.
  • Add the butter and seasonings to the liquids, whisking all together over medium-high heat.
  • Bring it all to a boil.
  • Once it is boiling, slowly add in the grits.
  • Whisk together for 3 minutes, mixture will start to thicken.
  • Reduce the heat to low and allow to cook 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Turn off the heat and fold in the shredded cheese. Set to the side with the lid on the pot. Prepare the shrimp.


  • Pat shrimp dry.
  • Cook the shrimp, you can grill or saute them.
  • Add barbecue sauce during the last minute of cooking.


  • Spoon a generous portion of grits into a shallow bowl or deep plate.
  • Top with 3-5 shrimp.
  • Eat!

Optional ideas

  • Before you hit the 'Eat!' step top the plated dish with more cheese and place under a hot broiler to melt the cheese.
  • Top with crumbled bacon or mix it into the grits before service.
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