It doesn’t matter if it’s brunch, lunch, or dinner. It’s always a good time for shrimp and grits. This dish is so tasty that you probably think it’s hard to make, but it’s pretty simple. That’s especially true when you use this recipe for southern shrimp and grits. Find out what ingredients you need, and then go over the process for preparing the meal.
Ingredients for Southern Shrimp and Grits
You’ll need to pick up different ingredients for the shrimp and grits. For the shrimp, you’ll need:
- Eight thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
- 1 pound of medium shrimp, uncooked, peeled, and deveined
- Three minced garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
- Four chopped green onions
You’ll need the following for the grits:
- 2 cups of reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups of two-percent milk
- 1/3 cup of butter, cubed
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 3/4 cups of old-fashioned grits, uncooked
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Making Southern Shrimp and Grits
You’re going to be shocked by how easy this recipe is to make. Take out a large saucepan and add the salt, pepper, milk, butter, and broth. Bring it to a boil, and then stir in the grits slowly.
Turn down the heat and cover the saucepan. Cook it for 12-14 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally. When the grits thicken, you know they’re done. Then add the cheese. Stir the grits until the cheese melts.
Then you’ll need to throw the bacon in a large skillet and turn the burner to medium. Cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Then transfer it to a paper towel. Keep four teaspoons of the drippings and drain the rest for the skillet.
Then you’ll use the skillet to sauté the four teaspoons of drippings, seasonings, garlic, and shrimp. Take it off the burner when the shrimp turn pink. Then plate the shrimp and grits, sprinkle some onions on top, and serve.
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Peeling and Deveining the Shrimp
You need to peel and devein the shrimp before making the recipe. If the head is still attached, start by pulling it off. You’ll also need to remove the legs. Then pull the shell with your thumb, starting near the tail. Many people choose to leave the end of the shell on the tail.
After you finish peeling the shrimp, it will be time to devein them. Make a small cut down the shrimp’s back with a paring knife. You’ll see a dark-colored string when you cut the shrimp. Lift it with your knife until it breaks free of the shrimp. After, the shrimp will be ready to cook.
This recipe is sure to become a favorite. Give it a try tonight, and you’ll see just how good it is.
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