Shrimp & Cheese Grits (with bacon!)

My mother in law recently helped us out big time by grouting the floors in our new house. Method of payment requested: shrimp & grits. I had no problem with this!

It all started during our honeymoon in New Orleans. I had shrimp & grits at least 2 out of the 4 days we were there. The best one was at the Palace Café. They make it with goat cheese! My shrimp & grits doesn’t even compare to theirs.

The first time I ever made shrimp & grits was when my husband & I had our families over to watch our wedding video. We were still thinking about our honeymoon & had a little NOLA inspired gathering. That recipe was a little fattier fancier than this one. It had heavy cream & a ton of butter. Come to think of it, this recipe is just as fatty fancy. It calls for bacon fat & cheddar cheese!

I adapted this recipe from one I saw online, & have made it a few times now. My mother in law loved it!

Shrimp is becoming a staple in our freezer; & grits a staple in our pantry.

Shrimp & Cheese Grits with Bacon - Mrs. Dessert Monster

You gotta love a recipe whose first step is ‘make bacon.’

While my husband was making the bacon, I sprinkled some salt & pepper over the raw shrimp & dredged them in flour. I also minced up some garlic. Then I started making the cheese grits. It’s essentially the recipe from the Quaker Oats Quick Grits package, minus garlic powder & paprika since the shrimp has a lot of garlic & flavor already.

Once hubby was done with the bacon, I threw the garlic into the pan with the bacon drippings (I poured a little out until I had about 2 tbsp. left). This alone made the whole house smell amazing.

After a few minutes, I added the shrimp into the garlic pan.

Shrimp & Cheese Grits with Bacon - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Once the shrimp was cooked, I added lime juice, hot sauce, & water.

Shrimp & Cheese Grits with Bacon - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I made sure to stir it up good so all the bacon goodness left at the bottom of the pan was incorporated. I cooked it for just a few more minutes to let the liquid reduce a bit. Then, once the cheese grits are done the only thing left is to crumble the bacon & plate. I used a slotted spoon to scoop up the shrimp without too much of the liquid. You can drizzle as much or as little as you like on the grits!

Shrimp & Cheese Grits with Bacon - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This is so good, y’all. It’s becoming one of my signature recipes.

Shrimp & Cheese Grits with Bacon

Serves 4


  • 1 lb raw shrimp
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-6 slices of bacon
  • salt & pepper
  • flour
  • 1 cup water
  • hot sauce to taste
  • Juice from 1 lime
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet, reserving 2 tbsp drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
  2. Season shrimp with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour.
  3. Sauté garlic in bacon drippings for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp & sauté until they are cooked throughout.
  5. Add water, lime juice, & hot sauce, & cook for 2-3 minutes until liquid reduces a little, stirring to loosen bacon bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet.
  6. Spoon shrimp & liquid over cheese grits; sprinkle with crumbled bacon.


  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 6-8 oz cheddar cheese
  • 4.5 cups water
  1. Boil water.
  2. Stir in grits slowly.
  3. Cover & reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Cook 12-14 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add cheese. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until cheese is melted.

6 thoughts on “Shrimp & Cheese Grits (with bacon!)

  1. Carlee

    I really need to make shrimp and grits sometime. I have never made grits before, but have heard so much about this combination. I think cheese and bacon sound like great additions!

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    1. Gina Post author

      It’s not hard! My husband suggests to stay away from instant grits – not as good & grits don’t take that long anyway!


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