Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits Recipe
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Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits Recipe

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Shrimp and grits are a house favorite—if only we could agree on a recipe. I stirred things up with cheddar and Cajun seasoning to find a winner. —Charlotte Price, Raleigh, North Carolina
Featured In: 31 Meals in a Bowl
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked stone-ground grits
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (31-40 per pound)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 417 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. Place the first five ingredients in a 3-qt. slow cooker; stir to combine. Cook, covered, on high 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until water is absorbed and grits are tender, stirring every 45 minutes.
  2. Stir in cheese and butter until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients; cook, covered, on high 15-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Carolina Cheese Shrimp and Grits in Taste of Home June/July 2015

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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randcbruns User ID: 828588 259093
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"After a recent trip to the South, we've been stuck on Creole food. Grits is something we feel in love with. This recipe is just amazing."

Gerbur User ID: 8876664 249247
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2016

"Can I ask about the plate used in the photo? I notice the A-B logo on it. Do you know where the plate originated from?"

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 229269
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"These cheesy grits are creamy and full of flavor! I will definitely make this recipe again!"

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