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How to Make Shrimp & Grits

A southern U.S. invention, this dish pack a punch with its spicy seasoning and creamy, cheesy grits.


  • Step 1: Melt butter, cook onion and garlic Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium size saucepan. Stir in the onions and cook until softened. Add the chopped garlic and stir for one minute.
  • Step 2: Add sauce ingredients Stir in the ketchup, bourbon, vinegar, honey, hot sauce, and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking on low for 40 minutes or until thickened.
  • Step 3: Remove from heat Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 4: Blend and set aside Blend the sauce in a blender until smooth. Pour 1/3 cup of the barbecue sauce into a bowl and set aside the rest for later.
  • Step 5: Boil broth Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Step 6: Add garlic and grits Stir the garlic and grits into the broth. Reduce heat to low and stir constantly for 20 minutes or until the grits are tender.
  • Step 7: Remove from heat and add cheese Remove the pan from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese, the remaining butter, and cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Step 8: Preheat pan and sauce shrimp Heat a large frying pan. Coat shrimp in the 1/3 cup barbecue sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  • TIP: If you're feeding anyone who doesn't like spicy food, you may want to set a couple shrimp aside without the barbecue sauce for them.
  • Step 9: Grease pan and cook Coat the grill pan in oil and grill the shrimp over medium heat. Flip once and cook completely through for 4 minutes.
  • Step 10: Pour grits and shrimp into a dish Pour the grits into a serving bowl and place the shrimp on top.
  • Step 11: Pour remaining sauce Pour as much of the reserved barbecue sauce as you like over the grits and shrimp and serve immediately. Serve with a cold beverage and enjoy.
  • FACT: The character "Flo" from the late-1970s comedy sitcom Alice made the phrase "Kiss My Grits" a household saying.

You Will Need

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • divided
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 chopped
  • 1 minced
  • 1 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/4 c. bourbon
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • low sodium
  • 1 c. old-fashioned grits
  • 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  • shredded
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 lbs. large shrimp
  • peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Blender

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