Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits are one of Charleston’s best loved dishes, served for breakfast, or dinner.

  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white grits (NOT instant or Quick Cooking)
  • 16 Oz. finely grated white cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, milk, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Bring the liquid to a gentle boil. Stir in the grits. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (**The grits will stick to the bottom of the pan, so make sure not to scrape the bottom of the pan. If the grits absorbed all of the water, add some hot water to thin out the grits.) Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and cheese if desired.

In a separate pot add shrimp to boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add shrimp to grits and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Yield: 8 servings.

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5 Comments so far »

  1. chris said

    July 20 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    hey chef rick, this is truly a great recipe. i made this dish last year at thanksgiving, everyone loved it.

  2. Patrice Shuback said

    August 2 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    Chef Rick -
    What a fantastic site. I recently visited the low country and wanted to do a little research on the cuisine – wow, you did it for me! Thanks, can’t wait to try some of the unique recipes you have provided.

  3. Dillon Lowder-Rising said

    April 11 2012 @ 10:10 am

    grits is the best food ever made

  4. Dillon Lowder-Rising said

    April 11 2012 @ 10:24 am

    thank you for the recipie

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