Few recipes come together as quickly as shrimp and grits. I generally have all of these ingredients on hand in my pantry or in my freezer and within minutes, we have a hot, delicious dish that rivals any I’ve enjoyed at a restaurant.

As a matter of fact, these shrimp and grits come together so quickly, I sometimes serve them for lunch if we’ve been stuck in a “what’s for lunch?” rut. Do you ever get into one of those ruts? Well, this recipe will surely get you right out of it!

Here’s how I make my Shrimp and Grits recipe.

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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This Shrimp and Grits recipe is quick, simple and so delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 10 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups grits
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Chop bacon and cook on medium heat until browned. Add in chopped onion and cook until tender. Remove from skillet. Boil 4 cups water and add grits.
  • Cook about 5 minutes on medium, add in half and half, butter, and shredded cheese. Remove from heat and cover.
  • Add shrimp to skillet used to cook bacon and onions. Cook 3 minutes on one side and then turn. Add bacon and onion mixture back to the skillet and add in minced garlic. Cook 3 additional minutes.


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 250mg | Sodium: 1719mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1186IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 504mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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  1. Mmmm, I had my first Shrimp & Grits in Tuscaloosa this summer and it was everything I thought it would be and more! Mine had sausage in them though, but i’d happily take bacon too!
    I may need to make this for myself!

    1. It is great with sausage, too but I my favorite includes that bacon. Can’t go wrong with bacon! 🙂

  2. I love grits and feel so sorry for my husband who never grew up with them. He also doesnt like shrimp or crawdaddies. But that’s okay…more for me.

  3. Of course this through-and-through Southerner loves shrimp and grits! So easy and so delicious. They’re always a big hit at brunch.

  4. Yum! I really wish my husband liked shrimp… I will have to make this when he isn’t around 🙂

  5. Count me in, Robyn, on this superb version of one of my favorite comfort foods. I’m going to suggest to my husband that he skip buying chocolates for Valentine’s Day today and make this instead. Oh boy!