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Fast & Easy Dinner: Shrimp and Cheddar Grits

Fast & Easy Dinner: Shrimp and Cheddar Grits

Kick-start your weekend with this scrumptious, Southern-inspired dish. In it, shrimp and scallions are served on a bed of cheesy grits.

The resulting meal is comforting, yet healthy. Instead of cooking the shrimp on the stove or in a deep fryer, it's broiled in the oven.

Serve with cornbread and collard greens for a completely delicious dinner. Want to look at the recipe?


Shrimp and Cheddar Grits

Shrimp and Cheddar Grits

Shrimp and Cheddar Grits


  1. 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  2. 1 1/2 cups water
  3. 3/4 cup quick grits* (not instant)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  5. 3/4 cup extra-sharp or sharp Cheddar cheese
  6. 1 pound (or 16-20) peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  7. 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  8. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  10. 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Bring broth and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, toss shrimp, scallions, oil, garlic powder, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, stirring once, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Serve the grits topped with the broiled shrimp and scallions.

Serves 4.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 356 calories; 13 g fat (5 g sat, 3 g mono); 197 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbo hydrate; 32 g protein; 1 g fiber; 428 mg sodium; 275 mg potassium, Selenium (61% daily value), Calcium (25% dv), Iron (20% dv), Vitamin A (15% dv). 2 Carbohydrate Servings

*Look for quick grits near oatmeal and other hot cereals or near cornmeal in the baking aisle.

Join The Conversation
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I absolutely love shrimp and grits. I'm from South Carolina, and since we're not landlocked, we have the best shrimp! I could eat this at every meal!
mominator mominator 8 years
This is great with corn grits too!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I've made a variation of this dish. Everyone loved it. I think I got the recipe from Emeril Live.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 8 years
I have ALL of these ingredients in my fridge or pantry and will be making for Sunday dinner. Thanks Yumsugar!
Deidre Deidre 8 years
This Southern chick misses her shrimp n'grits terribly. The cheese sounds like a good twist on a classic!
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Whatever you do, dont use crappy grits. Use good ones. Byrd Mill if possible.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I've made this recipe before and it's really good!
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Oooh, I was just wondering what I should do with the leftover cheddar cheese! This sounds delish!
syako syako 8 years
mmm grits. :) makes me wish I were home :(
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