Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Grits

Written By: KPN - May• 19•13
Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
By author Food Network Kitchen


  • 3/4 cups instant grits
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4lb medium shrimp (peeled and deveined, tails intact)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus wedges for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (roughly chopped)


This recipe was fast and really delicious. A definite add on to your weekday dinner rotation.

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Step 1
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, covered. Uncover and slowly whisk in the grits, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan and 1 tablespoon butter. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm
Step 2
Meanwhile, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter 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 tablespoons water, the lemon juice and parsley; stir to coat the shrimp with the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
Step 3
Divide the grits among shallow bowls and top with the shrimp and sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

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