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Recipe courtesy of Oji Abbott

Cajun Grilled Shrimp and Grits

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 cup old-fashioned grits

2 cups boiling water

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 stick butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon garlic granules or freshly minced

Grilled Shrimp:

2 ounces chili powder

Pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste

2 ounces seafood seasoning (recommended: OldBay)

1-ounce freshly ground black pepper

2 ounces garlic powder

2 ounces onion powder

1-ounce ginger

1-ounce butter or olive oil

2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Grits: Boil 2 cups of water in medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients in consecutive order while stirring slowly. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat. Slowly stir in the grits. Allow to simmer, stirring every 5 minutes until reaching the desired consistency, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the grits to a serving bowl and keep warm. 
  2. Shrimp: Mix all of the dry ingredients thoroughly in bowl until well blended. Melt the butter or olive oil in a large grill pan over high heat. Generously coat the shrimp in the seasoning mixture. Add them to the grill pan and cook until caramelized on both sides. Remove them from the pan to a serving bowl and serve with the grits. 
  3. Suggestion: Adding cheese and/or gravy with fried onions, to taste, will elevate the dish considerably.