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Easy Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

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I have to admit something… I’ve never had Shrimp and Grits before.

And as someone with a Southern half of the family, I am ashamed and mostly surprised I haven’t been banned from family events. I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t decided to try it prior to now with my family and having gone to college in Southwest Virginia being excellent reasons to have had it.

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Maybe it was the fact that I wasn’t all to sure about what grits were. For those who are in the same boat that I was, it’s just ground up pieces of corn. ? Definitely not as scary as whatever nightmare food that it was in my mind. It has a different texture, but nothing that is too far out of normal.

From what I’ve seen, Shrimp and Grits usually has a creamy sauce. I opted to keep it simple. I mean who doesn’t want shrimp cooked in bacon grease? I could eat this little combo of shrimp, bacon, and green onions on just about anything honestly. It’s so savory and just sticks to your lips with ALLL of the flavor.

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I also added a little cayenne pepper to kick up the heat and break up the greasiness. The amount in the recipe is extremely subtle so if you’re someone who loves spice, I definitely recommend doubling it at a minimum.

While it might not be the most authentic batch of Shrimp and Grits around, the flavors and pure simplicity of it make it a great dish.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
An easy and flavorful take on Shrimp and Grits.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup grits
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (20-25 medium shrimp), peeled, deveined, and patted dry
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp parsley, dried
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Using a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add salt, pepper, and grits and stir until covered. Lower heat to low and let cook until the water is absorbed, 18-22 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.
  2. While cooking grits, cut up bacon into small pieces (I use kitchen shears) and cook until done in a large skillet over medium heat, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon pieces using a slotted spoon and place aside.
  3. Place the shrimp into the skillet using the bacon grease to cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and add in bacon, lemon juice, parsley, green onions, and cayenne pepper. Mix together and let cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. To serve, place grits in a bowl and spoon shrimp and bacon mixture on top. Enjoy immediately!

Adapted from Food Network.

 

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