Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

This recipe was demonstrated at the 2008 Pensacola Seafood Festival by Chef Jim Shirley of the Fish House Restaurant. If you don't like goat cheese, feel free to substitute any cheese that you like. I've never had anything that Jim Shirley prepared that wasn't delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add stock to a medium saucepan or large skillet and bring to a boil. Stir in the grits and continue to stir for approximately 4 minutes, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add cream as needed to keep the grits moist.
  2. Place shrimp in a large ziplock bag with the garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Make sure the spices are mixed well and coating the shrimp, then place the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes.
  3. After the 20 minutes are up, add butter, goat cheese, parsley and basil to the grits. Stir and add salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a saute pan to medium high heat. In a little butter, add shrimp (including the marinating mixture) and saute for 5 minutes, or until shrimp are opaque and form a "C". Do not overcook the shrimp!
  5. To serve, spoon grits onto a serving plate, and add 4 shrimp and some liquid from the saute pan on top of the grits.
Most Helpful

Made for the FYC Tag Game @ FF&F & for my weekly family brunch. When I fix several recipes for a grp of guests, trying to get everything prepared, photographed & ready-to-serve at the same time is my challenge. So pls forgive that I made some chgs to help that happen. I used Icelandic baby shrimp as they're more available, less expensive by far than the larger prawn size & much easier to just add to the grits & serve in "casserole form". I also used 4 cloves of finely minced roasted garlic I had on-hand after roasting 5 heads of garlic. All that said & done, I took a photo of my serving & let my guests help themselves at the table from the casserole. It was perfect - Warming, creamy, well-seasoned & well-received. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.

twissis May 14, 2016

AMAZING!! This was my first taste of grits and it won't be my last, I'm sold! Don't have easy access to real grits in Seattle (though I hear Bob's Red Mill has a White Corn Grits sold somewhere in this city). I had to buy "quick" grits (not instant!), and it was still phenomenal. The shrimp was fabulous with the grits and would be great on their own too. Thanks for posting breezermom!

Mrs Goodall August 07, 2014

Fan-flipping-tastic! Left out basil and parsley and used a little chive instead otherwise stayed true to recipe. Thank you for posting!

princesslisa of a galaxy far far away September 16, 2013