Shrimp and Grits Recipe – A South Eastern Coastal Delight!

Easy Shrimp and Grits RecipeGrits by themselves is a delicious dish, add shrimp and a few simple ingredients and you have something really special. Shrimp and grits recipe is a dish that is traditionally served in the South eastern US in the lowlands of Georgia and the Carolinas. It is a delicious blend of shrimp, grits, and a variety of other ingredients.

Shrimp and grits is very versatile. It can be be served either as a main course or as a side dish, most often with breakfast, but can also be served for lunch or dinner. My shrimp and grits recipe even makes a delicious brunch dish.

When making shrimp and grits, it is important to use fresh shrimp, as they have way more flavor and a better texture. However you can also use frozen shrimp. My secret is to add a bit of vermouth, scallions, and a fresh tomatoes.

The Best Shrimp and Grits Recipe _ Chef Jean-Pierre

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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This recipe is without a doubt one of my favorite appetizers! Based on an American classic, I added a touch of Italian and French (and a touch of Vermouth!) and it came out delicious and the Best Shrimp and Grits I have ever had!
4.64 from 22 votes
Servings 4 Servings

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Recipe Ingredients

For the Shrimp:

  • 5 to 5 Shrimp approx. cut in half lengthwise per person depending on their size
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Shallots chopped
  • 8 Scallions cut into ¼ inch slices, light green and white separated from the dark green
  • 1 cup Tomatoes diced
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic chopped
  • 2 to 3 ounces White Vermouth or Dry Cherry or Chicken Stock
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley chopped
  • 2 to 3 ounces Butter
  • Adjust Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Cornmeal:

  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Onion finely minced
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Stone Ground Cornmeal
  • 1 cup frozen Corn
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic finely chopped or 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 to 3 ounces approx. Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 2 to 3 ounces approx. Reggiano Parmesan grated
  • 2 ounces approx. Goat Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions

For the Shrimp:

  • In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil when hot, add the shallots after a couple minutes add the shrimp and cook them for a few minutes.  Add the tomatoes, scallions’ white and green part, vermouth garlic and parsley and green scallion.  Cook for a few short minutes until shrimp are cooked and not translucent.

For the Cornmeal:

  • In a saucepan, heat some butter and olive oil and when hot sauté the onion until translucent.  Add the chicken stock when hot add the cornmeal slowly to incorporate.  Using a wooden spoon, mix until it comes to a boil.  Immediately reduce the heat to a very low heat and keep mixing, scraping the sides and bottom, to avoid sticking or burning.  
  • In your food processor or a blender, add the corn and eggs, garlic, eggs and blend until smooth but still a bit chunky. Add the corn mixture to the cornmeal pot and cook it slowly while you keep mixing to make sure it does not attach in the bottom of the pot.  Add the cheeses and mix well.  Cook for about 10 minutes at low heat until the polenta start to thicken.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

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