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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Shrimp and grits is a classic Low Country dish. "Low Country" implies the Gulf states, particularly Louisiana. Here is a quick but supremely tasty version of shrimp and grits that is perked up with lemon juice, garlic and the addition of Parmesan cheese to the grits for a delectable savory flavor. Using smaller shrimp is recommended here so each serving can have a decent amount of shrimp. If the fat content is of no concern to you, feel free to substitute the extra virgin olive oil with regular unsalted butter.


  • 3/4 cup instant (quick cooking) grits
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact OR removed
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon, plus wedges for serving
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Bring 3 cups to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, covered. Uncover and slowly whisk in the grits, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan and 1 tbsp. olive oil. Remove from the heat. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, garlic and cayenne, if using, and cook, tossing, until the shrimp are pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tbsp. water, the lemon juice and parsley; stir to coat the shrimp with the sauce.

Divide the grits among shallow bowls and top with the shrimp and sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.