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Shrimp and Grits

A recipe for southern-style shrimp and grits - a meal made with stone-ground grits, fresh shrimp, onion, andouille sausage, and creamy gravy.
Course Main
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Renee Dobbs

Ingredients

For the grits:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white stone-ground grits
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and Pepper

For the shrimp:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 pound andouille sausage casing removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 to 3 drops Tabasco sauce
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced

Instructions

For the grits:

  1. In a 3-quart pot over medium heat, add the milk and water. Add the grits slowly, whisking constantly. Bring the grits to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low or low to maintain a simmer. Stir frequently. Cook until the grits are creamy and thick, about 40 minutes. Thin with additional water or milk if too thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the shrimp:

  1. In a large, deep skillet or saute pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sausage and cook until until the sausage has browned and rendered a fair amount of fat in the pan. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to create a roux. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly. Add the bay leaves and bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp is just cooked through. Add the cayenne pepper, Tabasco, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve:

  1. Spoon grits into a bowl. Top with the shrimp mixture. Garnish with green onion slices. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for southern-style shrimp and grits - a meal made with stone-ground grits, fresh shrimp, onion, andouille sausage, and creamy gravy.