World's Easiest Shrimp & Grits Recipe
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If you haven't visited the low-country of Charleston, South Carolina and indulged in a big, piping hot bowl of cheesy grits topped with fresh caught shrimp and Cajun seasoned veggies, you're missing out. Not to worry though, I'm here to help you indulge that craving with what may possibly be the easiest shrimp & grits recipe out there. Not to mention it's loaded with nutrient-rich vegetables. You're welcome.
What you'll need
- 8-10 large, wild-caught (preferably local) shrimp
- 2 cups of Instant Grits
- 1-2 cups of cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you enjoy your grits)
- 3-4 tablespoons of grassfed butter (I like Kerrygold)
- 2 bell peppers (I like using one red and one yellow)
- 1 pack of mushrooms
- 3 handfuls of organic spinach
- 1 white onion
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 whole lemon
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes (my favorite brand is Muir Glen)
- 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Bacon (optional)
- Green onion (optional)
First thing's first, get those grits started. I recommend reading the instructions on the back (that's what I do). Once your grits begin coming together, add your desired amount of cheddar cheese and one-two tablespoons of grassfed butter.
Chop up all vegetables. Add two-three tablespoons of your grassfed better to a large cooking pan. Add in Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and the chopped white onion and cook on low until translucent, stirring once in a while. Squeeze the entire lemon in, and add garlic, peppers, mushrooms, and an entire can of crushed tomatoes. If you are topping with bacon, begin cooking bacon in a separate pan. Let the vegetable mixture come to a very low boil (about 5-7 minutes) - stirring occasionally. Add spinach and let it cook down. Once the sauce is just about ready, add in the shrimp. Shrimp does not take long to cook, so keep an eye on it. You'll know your shrimp is finished when they are pink and no longer translucent. Once the shrimp is finished, it's time to eat! Just like that.
Fill your bowl with those cheesy, buttery grits and spoon the shrimp, vegetables, and sauce on top. Top with green onions and crispy bacon. Close your eyes, give it a taste, and transport to a balmy South Carolina dock with live country music playing in the background while watching a late southern summer sun fading into the water. See you there!