Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I was born and raised in the South. A few years ago I moved to Pennsylvania, where good southern comfort food was hard to find. So I created this creamy, smoky Cajun shrimp and grits dish to remind me of home. —Kailey Thompson, Palm Bay, Florida


  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking grits
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and butter until melted; keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Cook and stir shrimp in bacon drippings until shrimp turn pink, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in Cajun seasoning and parsley.
  3. Divide grits among 8 serving bowls; top with shrimp mixture and the bacon.
Cajun seasoning
If you’re out of Cajun seasoning, you can make your own. There are many different blends, but a typical mix includes salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, pepper and onion powder.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 560 calories, 34g fat (17g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 968mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.