Healthy Garlic Shrimp and Quinoa Grits

The "supergrain" quinoa-which has more protein and fiber than any other grain-is the base for our healthier version of classic Southern[ grits. By cooking the quinoa in water instead of milk we've saved calories, leaving us room to add butter and nutty Parmesan for richness.]

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add half the garlic, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the quinoa, 2 1/3 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, and bring to a simmer, stirring. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the quinoa is tender (the little white tails become visible) and the liquid is the consistency of a thin porridge, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and whisk in the Parmesan and half the parsley. Cover and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, season the shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer (it's OK if they touch), and cook until the underside turns pink, about 2 minutes. Turn the shrimp, add the remaining garlic and cook until the shrimp begin to curl and turn totally pink, about 2 minutes more. Add the wine, 2 tablespoons water and the remaining parsley, reserving a pinch for garnish. Once the liquid has reduced by half, swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter until smooth. Divide the quinoa and shrimp among 4 bowls, top with the pan sauce and sprinkle with the reserved parsley.

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