Smoky Shrimp and Grits


Enjoy our take on the classic dish with this simple recipe—ready in just 20 minutes.

Overhead View of Smoky Shrimp and Grits in a White Bowl
Photo: David Prince
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves

No matter where you’re from, this is one of those dinners you’ll crave on cold nights. Our smoky shrimp and grits couldn’t be easier—or tastier. Many restaurants prepare shrimp and serve it over grits with the tails still on; we found that while it might look beautiful in bowls, it proves a little messy at the table, so we peeled the shrimp entirely before cooking. Want to take things a step further? Add a fried egg on top of each serving. And finish it off with some salt and fresh-cracked pepper. Trust us; this one’s going to be an instant hit.


  • 1 cup grits

  • 1 cup grated Cheddar

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp

  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 scallions, sliced


  1. Cook the grits according to the package directions. Stir in the Cheddar.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–­lined plate.

  3. Add the shrimp and tomatoes to the skillet and cook, tossing occasionally, until the shrimp are opaque throughout, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the scallions and the bacon and serve over the grits.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
17g Fat
36g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 211mg 70%
Sodium 1067mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 36g
Calcium 280mg 22%
Iron 5mg 28%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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