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Creamy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

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Creamy Cajun shrimp and grits, a classic Southern dish that’s been elevated with flavors of sweet smoky shrimp and cream Parmesan grits.


Creamy Cajun Shrimp and Grits
 
Creamy Cajun shrimp and grits, a classic Southern dish that's been elevated with flavors of sweet smoky shrimp and cream Parmesan grits.
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Cuisine: Cajun
Ingredients
For the Shrimp
  • 1 -1½ pound Extra Large or Jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 slices of apple wood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • olive oil
For the Grits
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1½ cups yellow cornmeal
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ cups of Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Instructions
Shrimp
  1. Combine the olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, Cajun seasoning, salt and black pepper with the shrimp. Toss and make sure the shrimp is coated evenly.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add some olive oil and bacon and fry just until the bacon starts to brown.
  3. Add the shallots and bell peppers and saute until the shallots become translucent and the bell peppers soften.
  4. Add the marinated shrimp along with any of the marinade to the pan. Cook the shrimp, tossing regularly until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  5. Squeeze lemon juice over the shrimp and garnish with parsley if desired.
Grits
  1. For the grits, combine the water, garlic, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and slowly add in the cornmeal, stirring constantly to prevent lumps and clumping. Simmer over very low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Turn off the heat, and stir in the Parmesan cheese and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, place the grits in a bowl and top with the shrimp and peppers.
Creamy Cajun shrimp and grits, a classic Southern dish that's been elevated with flavors of sweet smoky shrimp and cream Parmesan grits. 

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9 Comments
  • Jessica Lam
    September 22, 2017

    This looks SO delicious! I’ve been starting to like more spicy foods so I definitely want to try this out!

    • evseats
      September 26, 2017

      thanks Jessica! 🙂

  • livingworks60
    September 22, 2017

    This is one of my favorite Cajun dishes next to Gumbo. I love how you added the smoke flavor to the shrimp and used parmesan cheese, most recipes call for cheddar. I will be making this real soon. It looks absolutely delicious.

    • evseats
      September 26, 2017

      Thank you so much! I hope you like it!

  • confettiandbliss
    September 23, 2017

    Woo-hoo!!! I love shrimp and grits. And your recipe is super fabulous. Those colors, flavors and beauty. Thank you so much for sharing your special recipe. It will be served here at my house one day next week!

    • evseats
      September 26, 2017

      thank you! It’s one of my favorites! Enjoy the recipe!

  • Joanie @ One Dish Kitchen
    September 25, 2017

    What a gorgeous meal! I grew up in New Orleans and this dish brings back so many memories. I love the addition of smoked paprika, what an amazing flavor that adds to the dish.

    • evseats
      September 26, 2017

      thanks Joanie! 🙂

  • http://kitchentuts.com/
    September 29, 2017

    These would be great snacks! And I think I have to try that cucumber salsa too. Yum

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