Shrimp and Grits

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Shrimp and Grits is a classic Southern dish BURSTING with flavor. Tender shrimp, spicy sauce, and cheesy, creamy grits will have you feeling like you’re at Mardi Gras!

Shrimp and Grits in a bowl
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Shrimp and Grits is a classic Southern comfort food meal that our whole family loves. It is traditionally a breakfast meal, but a lot of people enjoy it for lunch or dinner. It starts out with cheesy, creamy homemade grits. Then, you add a savory, spicy tomato sauce. Finally, you top the dish off with buttery, tender shrimp, Andouille sausage, and corn.

2 bowls of Shrimp and Grits

Start with Quality Ingredients

If there is anything I have learned from all my adventures in the kitchen, it is that an amazing meal starts with amazing ingredients. For this recipe, try to purchase the freshest shrimp available. I got mine from Costco! If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean, you know how much better fresh seafood tastes. The other ingredient that makes a huge difference is the tomatoes for the sauce. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in Italy and they taste SO MUCH BETTER than any other canned tomato.


For the Sauce:

  • Butter
  • Minced garlic
  • One 14 ounce can peeled whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • Creole seasoning (may substitute cajun seasoning)
  • Paprika

For the Shrimp and Sausage:

  • Butter
  • Minced garlic
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Andouille smoked sausage – cut into 1 inch slices
  • Uncooked shrimp
  • Frozen corn (yellow corn or white corn will work)
Close up of Shrimp and Grits on a fork

Our Cheesy Grits Recipe

While the shrimp is definitely a star player in this recipe, you are also going to love the creamy, cheesy grits. We have a whole post about how to make the best homemade grits. Additionally, I’ll give you a quick overview below.

  • To make the grits you’ll need water, milk, butter, salt and pepper, quick cooking grits, and cheddar cheese.
  • First, bring the water, milk, butter, and salt to a boil in a large pot.
  • Then, slowly pour the grits into the pot while whisking.
  • Cover and cook the grits for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 4 or 5 minutes. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot.
  • When the grits are creamy, remove from heat and add butter and cheese.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Shrimp and Grits popular in the South?

Shrimp and Grits is often attributed to sailors off the North Carolina shores. Sailors would often eat grits for breakfast. However, during peak shrimp season, they would add buttered shrimp to their grits.

What goes good with Shrimp and Grits?

I like to serve a big salad with Shrimp and Grits, but any vegetable side dish will work. Sometimes we have steamed asparagus or broccoli.

Does this taste like the Shrimp and Grits at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland?

Yes! The only difference is that the dish at Cafe Orleans has fava beans and those aren’t always easy to find at the store.

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How to Make Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits in a bowl with a napkin and fork on the side

Shrimp and Grits

5 from 5 votes
Shrimp and Grits is a classic Southern dish BURSTING with flavor. You'll love the tender shrimp, spicy sauce, and cheesy, creamy grits.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun/Creole, Seafood
Servings 4



  • Sauce pan
  • Fry Pan/Skillet


For the Sauce:

For the Shrimp and Sausage:


  • Cook grits in advance, allow at least 30 minutes for this step.
    Cheese grits in a bowl with cheese sprinkled on top

For the Sauce:

  • Start by making the sauce in a small sauce pan. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook butter and garlic together until garlic begins to turn golden.
    Butter and Garlic in a sauce pan
  • Add the canned tomatoes, creole, and paprika. Stir and mash up the tomatoes with a wooden sppon.
    Cajun tomato sauce in a pan
  • Turn stove to low to simmer. Cover the pan with the wood spoon still in, this prevents splattering but lets the sauce thicken. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    Covered tomato sauce in a sauce pan

For the Shrimp and Sausage:

  • Add butter, garlic, paprika, chili powder, sliced sausage, shrimp, and corn to a fry pan. Cook together over medium heat until shimp is pink and cooked through.
    Shrimp, sausage, and corn, cooking in a fry pan

To Serve:

  • Spoon a cup of grits into 4 bowls, making a shallow well in the middle of the grits. Divide the sauce between the 4 bowls.
    Grits with cajun tomato sauce on top
  • Top each bowl with shrimp and sausage. Optional: sprinkle on a little chopped parsley or green onions.
    2 bowls of Shrimp and Grits


Keep leftovers of this delicious meal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, make this wonderfully fiber and protein packed meal last for more than just one dinner! Keep the sausage and shrimp mixture separate from the grits. 
Popular additions include: green onion, bacon, and hot sauce. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 712kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 35gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 1898mgPotassium: 562mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1489IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 226mgIron: 18mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    What a Flavorful Filling dish!!
    I loved the touch with the Sausage & Corn…
    Definitely will prepare Shrimp & Grits like this for now on…

  2. 5 stars
    So happy I came across this recipe! I was looking for something just like it! My family loved it and gobbled it up.

  3. 5 stars
    This made for such a filling and delicious dinner recipe, I loved the seasoning on the shrimp, they were so flavorful and perfectly cooked!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! So much FLAVOR! This is bussin! Super delicious! I love the shrimp WITH the sausage! And the spices are perfection!