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Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

The South's version of creamy polenta, grits are easy to make on a weeknight—especially when topped with quickly broiled shrimp and scallions. Use the sharpest Cheddar you can find for these cheesy grits. Serve with: Sautéed greens and a tall glass of iced tea.


4 servings

Prep Time

25 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


  • 114-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2cups water
  • 3/4cup quick grits (not instant)
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 3/4cup extra-sharp or sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (16-20 per pound)
  • 1bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8teaspoon salt


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Bring broth and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, toss shrimp, scallions, oil, garlic powder, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, stirring once, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve the grits topped with the broiled shrimp and scallions.


Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 337.34kcal
Carbohydrate Total 30.68g
Total Sugars 1.02g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 2.02g
Total Fat 12.51g
Saturated Fat 4.74g
Mono Saturated Fat 4.87g
Cholesterol 163.86mg
Sodium 618.34mg
Protein 24.47g
Potassium 340mg
Calcium 233.92mg
Folate 115.89mcg
Iron 1.86mg
Magnesium 47.3mg
Omega-3 1g
Omega-6 1g
Trans Fatty Acid 0.2g
Vitamin A 693.16IU
Vitamin D 7.35IU
Vitamin B12 1.55mcg
Vitamin C 4.63mg
Vitamin E 3mg
Zinc 2.32mg
Phosphorus 427.44mg
Vitamin B3 4.3mg

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