Shrimp & Grits - Appy, Brunch, Main-Dish & More!

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Recipe: #29536

May 23, 2018

"With a goal of full disclosure in mind, you should know the idea for & parts of this recipe were found in an email from Becky at thecookierookiedotcom, 1 of my favorite creative genius bloggers. BUT you should also know I modified her recipe substantially to better suit our taste preferences, dining needs & ingredient availability. I've entered the recipe the way I needed it to be, but also did my best to note Becky's intent. It's truly a multi-purpose recipe as (in my imagination) it works as breakfast/brunch fare, as quesadillas or a wrap, as an appetizer or as a main-dish. Becky's intent was for it to serve 8 as an appy OR 4 as a main-dish. I chose the former in 1 cup appy servings. ENJOY!"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (204.3 g)
  • Calories 311.5
  • Total Fat - 17.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 116.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1272.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 21.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 4.7 g
  • Protein - 18.4 g
  • Calcium - 275.6 mg
  • Iron - 6.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Pour the milk (or cream, if using) into a med-large saucepan. Heat the milk (or cream, if using) over med-high heat, watching carefully. Just as it begins a simmering boil, reduce heat to simmer.

Step 2

Stir in the grits, butter, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Stir until the butter melts & then add the cheese, stirring constantly as it melts so it is fully incorporated w/the grits.

Step 3

Once the grits are at the desired consistency (Should be approx 2-3 min), remove from the heat. Stir in the baby shrimp, extra 2 tbsp of butter, capers & lemon juice. Place into 8 appy cups. Sprinkle w/sml capers, parsley & bacon crumbles (if using). Serve immediately.

Step 4

NOTE: Becky's recipe used 2 12-oz pkgs of SeaPak Shrimp Scampi, cooked per pkg directions plus the bacon crumbles. My recipe used pre-cooked baby shrimp, created the scampi-like sauce & made the bacon crumbles optional as I felt they were not needed as part of a scampi-style recipe. You can make your own choices from the options.


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2 Reviews

Mia in Germany

I love grits, and this recipe was fantastic. We had it as main dish with Creole Green Beans in memory of our beloved twissis. Thanks for having been such a beautiful part of my "virtual" life, you'll never be forgotten for sure.


review by:
(28 Mar 2020)


Believe it or not, I have never had shrimp and grits before, and was surprised at just how much I liked it. And the scampi flavors made it all that much better! I used the milk option, half the butter and fresh parsley. I also did garnish with extra capers, as you did. I tried this with and without the bacon, and agree with your assessment that it is not necessary. Thanks for introducing me to a new beloved dish, and expanding my horizons!


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(3 Jun 2018)

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