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Shrimp and Grits

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Place 0.5 cup of cornmeal in 1 cup of cold water and bring another 1 cup of water to a boil in a pot. Add salt and when the water boils, add the cornmeal and cold water. Simmer, stirring often, until the grits are cooked soft and you have a good mush. This should take about 15–20 minutes.

Pre-heat your oven to 350F.

Portion hot grits into 2 large, oven-proof dinner bowls, sprinkle cheese over and place them in the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Or you could melt it in the microwave, about 45 seconds per bowl.

Meanwhile, add 2 Tbsp. oil to a hot sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté briefly until fragrant. Add shrimp then season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne to taste. Sauté briefly until edges of shrimp just start to turn pink.

Add 2 Tbsp. white wine, deglaze the pan and cook until the wine is reduced by half. Add the tomato-bacon relish and 2 Tbsp. butter. Cook for another minute until the sauce is hot and slightly thickened and the shrimp are cooked through.

Divide the shrimp and sauce into the bowls and garnish with sliced green onion.