Cajun Shrimp and Grits is perfect for brunch or a date night in. Spicy shrimp on top of cheesy grits with a little bacon thrown in – and it’s all ready in less than 30 minutes!
Shrimp and grits is my favorite meal ever. Like, if it’s on a menu, I’m ordering it. And I always forget how easy it is to make at home. But seriously, less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The spicy shrimp on the creamy, cheesy grits with the crispy bacon is just perfection.
And if you’re new to cooking, shrimp is one of the easiest proteins to cook. About a minute on each side and it’s done. So this is a perfect recipe for, maybe, the inexperienced cook to make for mom for Mother’s Day.
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
4 slices bacon, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
For the grits:
1 cup milk
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup quick-cooking grits
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
Pat shrimp dry and place in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle cajun seasoning on top and toss to coat. Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until almost cooked. Add onion and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook for about 1 minutes on each side, until no longer pink and slightly golden. Add butter and toss to coat. Remove from heat, cover, and keep warm while you prepare the grits.
Bring milk, water, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and add grits. Cook until thick, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Serve the shrimp mixture on top of the grits with green onions on top.