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Spicy Shrimp with Creamy Cheese Grits

Points® value
Total Time
30 min
10 min
20 min
Grits, finely ground hulled corn kernels, are an institution in the South. They’re prepared in a variety of ways, including as a side dish, pudding, or soufflé, as well as for breakfast. The savory combination of shrimp and grits is particularly popular in the Carolinas.


Canola oil

2 tsp(s)


1 small, finely chopped

Chicken broth

3 cup(s)

Uncooked corn grits

¾ cup(s), quick-cooking

Reduced-fat cheddar cheese

2 oz, shredded (1/2 cup)


2 clove(s), large, minced

Uncooked shrimp, mixed species (may have been previously frozen)

1¼ pound(s), peeled and deveined


½ tsp(s), smoked

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s)

Lemon juice canned or bottled

1½ tsp(s)

Fresh parsley

2 tbsp(s), coarsely chopped


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add all but 2 tablespoons onion to saucepan. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to boil. Stir in grits. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 4–5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in Cheddar until melted. Keep warm.
  2. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add reserved 2 tablespoons onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp, paprika, and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until shrimp are just opaque in center, 4–5 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Divide grits evenly among 4 plates or bowls and top with shrimp and parsley.
  3. Serving size: about 12 shrimp and 3/4 cup grits