Shrimp and Grits Recipe
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Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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For a sweet and spicy meal, I serve shrimp and vegetables in a honey, lemon juice, pepper sauce alongside dressed-up grits. It's my fresh spin on the Southern classic. —Judith King, Madisonville, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 4 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup shrimp mixture with 3/4 cup grits: 388 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 198mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water, half-and-half, 2 teaspoons butter, salt and pepper to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix ketchup, honey, lemon juice and pepper sauce. In a large skillet, heat remaining butter over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir until tender. Add shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink. Stir in ketchup mixture.
  3. Stir cheese into grits. Serve shrimp mixture with grits. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Shrimp and Grits in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p53

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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suefalk 253706
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"Ahhhmazing! Creamy grits and spicy shrimp...yum. I didn't add celery, and I added Gouda instead of Cheddar. This is a 5-star all the way."

Kerstin12 234111
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"In love with this recipe! A slightly healthier version of a great meal. It is sweet and spicy. My husband and I like spice so I tend to be heavy handed with the hot sauce and thought it evened out the sweetness well. Making it again tonight!"

Sissyboe 220861
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I enjoyed this recipe. I used 4 tablespoons of butter in the grits instead of 2 tablespoons. I used 2 tablespoons of garlic butter to cook the celery and I used a red onion. Those are the only changes. I saved this recipe."

browns19fan 84692
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014 Edited Jul. 23, 2015

"My husband and I are crazy about this meal. I cut the amount of shrimp and all of the grits ingredients in half for the two of us, and used Sriracha instead of Tabasco. This is a dish I will make again and again.

Update: Last night my husband made two comments about the evening meal. First was, "Oh, good, shrimp & grits!" when I set it in front of him, and "This is a GREAT meal" about halfway through. High praise, indeed. Thank you, Judith, for sharing the recipe."

cbybee 63036
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"This recipe was good, not great. I think what I didn't like was the ketchup. With the honey it was too sweet. May try it again without it."

Jyjackson 104392
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Wow, this was GREAT! I did not add the ketchup and I didn't miss it. I used fresh shrimp and cut them in half. It was a nice change from having potatoes or rice."

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