Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 10, 2023
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
Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Place first 5 ingredients in a 3-qt. slow cooker; stir to combine. Cook, covered, on high until water is absorbed and grits are tender, 2-1/2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes.
  2. Stir in cheese and butter until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients; cook, covered, on high until heated through, 15-30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

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