Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
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Easy Cheesy Parmesan Shrimp and Grits

Easy Cheesy Parmesan Shrimp and Grits features creamy grits with Parmesan cheese topped with sauteed shrimp swimming in butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast/Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: brunch, comfort food, dinner party entree, dinner party ideas, dinner recipe, Easy Shrimp Recipe, southern recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby



  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream optional
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Shrimp and Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 lb extra-large shrimp peeled, deveined with the tails removed
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped



  • Bring 5 cups of water to boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, whisk in 1 cup of Quick Grits,1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, whisking frequently to prevent lumps. Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Stir in 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp cream, if using, and mix well. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix well again. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

Shrimp and Sauce

  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add 4 Tbsp of butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic, shrimp and cayenne pepper, and cook, stirring frequently until the shrimp are pink about 3-4 minutes. Add chopped parsley, lemon juice, and 4 Tbsp water and mix well to coat the shrimp.
  • Divide the grits into 4 bowls and top with the shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with extra parsley if desired.
  • Enjoy!


Sharon's Tips:
Don't use stone-ground grits or try to save time by using instant grits. Quick Grits works perfectly in this recipe and only take minutes to cook.



Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 284mg | Sodium: 356mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4.9mg