Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

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Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

The South's version of creamy polenta, grits are easy to make on a weeknight—especially when topped with quickly broiled shrimp and scallions. Use the sharpest Cheddar you can find for these cheesy grits. Serve with: Sautéed greens and a tall glass of iced tea.

Serves 4

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce c reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup quick grits, (not instant) (see Shopping Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 3/4 cup extra-sharp or sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp, (16-20 per pound; see Shopping Tip)
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

Step 2

Bring broth and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Cover to keep warm.

Step 3

Meanwhile, toss shrimp, scallions, oil, garlic powder, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, stirring once, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve the grits topped with the broiled shrimp and scallions.


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