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Southern-Inspired Shrimp & Grits

A true Southern dish, these shrimp and grits are creamy and cheesy and taste delicious. This easy recipe can be on your table in under 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Southern Shrimp and Grits
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Ali Randall


  • 1/2 cup instant grits, 5 minute variety 5 minute variety
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine, or water if unavailable
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped Honey Baked ham or Tasso ham
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh flat leaf parsley


  • Bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the grits, season with cracked black pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ham and Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Cover to keep warm and remove from heat.
  • Next, season the shrimp with kosher salt and pepper. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, garlic and cayenne and cook until the shrimp are pink, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add 2 tablespoons wine, the fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley. Stir until mixed and serve immediately over the grits. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges.