If you are from the south, or have visited the south, more than likely you have seen shrimp and grits on a restaurant menu. It is one of those quintessential southern dishes, along with fried chicken, bbq, and okra. I love being from the south, but it is definitely hard to stay healthy at times. Recently, we had family visit us in Pensacola and so my husband and I decided to take them out to a popular restaurant by the beach. One of the dishes order was a rich and creamy plate of shrimp and grits. This particular dish was decadent and mouthwatering. As soon as I saw it brought to the table, I knew I needed to create a version that I could enjoy and not feel guilty about. My version of “Light Shrimp & Grits” removes the cheese and butter from the regular dish, but doesn’t lack flavor thanks to the seasonings I’ve added.
To start off this deliciously southern dish, I bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Once the water has reached a good boil, I add 1 cup of Quick 5-minute Grits to water and reduce to a low heat (stirring often). If you have an extra 40-50 minutes then you can always use traditional grits. I like the ease of using the 5-minute grits. Plus, I’m not much of a patient person at times, especially when I’m hungry :). While the grits are cooking, I begin to heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of minced garlic in a large skillet. Next, add 1 lb of shrimp, 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, 1 tsp Season All, and a dash of Pepper. After I Saute the shrimp for a few minutes and they begin to have a pink color, I add 1/2 cup of fresh parsley and the juice of 1 lemon. I like to cook for another 2-3 minutes so that the shrimp is well coated with all of the seasonings. Once grits are finished cooking, place a spoon full onto each plate and top with your seasoned shrimp. Don’t forget to top your shrimp with fresh chopped scallions and Tabasco.
Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is! This dish is robust with so much flavor and perfect for those looking for a healthier version of the classic southern comfort food. Print the recipe below. You don’t want to forget this little gem!
- 4 cups of Water
- 1 cup Quick 5-minute Grits
- 1 lb Shrimp
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 tsp Season All
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- Dash of Pepper
- 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce (to taste)
- Chopped Scallions (to taste)
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Add 1 cup of Quick 5-minute Grits to water, reduce to low heat. Stir often.
- In large skillet, begin to heat olive oil and minced garlic.
- Add Shrimp, Old Bay, Season All, and a dash of Pepper. Saute until shrimp begins to have a pink color.
- Add fresh parsley and the juice of 1 lemon. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Once grits are finished cooking, place a spoon full onto plate and top with seasoned shrimp.
- Top with fresh chopped scallions and Tabasco (if desired).