Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This is a favorite recipe around my house. I found it originally on as one of Emeril's recipes. It's definitely more of a winter dish as it's filling and comforting. You may use vegetable stock but if you can use shrimp stock or seafood base dissolved in water.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the milk and butter.
  2. Season with salt and white pepper.
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil.
  4. Slowly stir in the grits.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue to cook for about 1 hour or until the grits are tender and creamy, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent the grits from sticking.
  6. Add some water during the cooking process if the liquid evaporates too much.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.
  8. Re-season with salt and white pepper if needed.
  9. Set aside and keep warm.
  10. In a sauté pan, over medium heat, heat the oil.
  11. Add the sausage and render for 2 minutes.
  12. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  13. Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper.
  14. Add the shrimp and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
  15. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sherry.
  16. Place the pan back over the heat and flame the sherry, (optional- I'm chicken so I just allow it to boil for a minute) shaking the pan back and forth several times until the flame dies out.
  17. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  18. Add the stock and bring the liquid to a boil.
  19. Reduce the heat to medium low and mound in the butter.
  20. Add the shrimp back to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.
  21. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of the parsley.
  22. To serve, spoon the grits in the center of each shallow bowl.
  23. Spoon the shrimp mixture over the grits.
  24. **Note:For shrimp stock, when I fix boiled shrimp I save the liquid for this recipe.
  25. I also use the quick cooking grits and adjust the quantities to those listed on the box.
Most Helpful

Yummy yummy yummy! I'll make this again, definitely. I cut back on the butter to a little less than a cup (two sticks total, including the 2 tablespoons that went into the grits). The only thing I would change is to halve the sauce next time, because we had about half of it left over.

JeriBinNC December 03, 2006

I'd heard two ladies talking about Grits/Shrimp and how good it was. Well I thought it was the strangest thing I'd ever heard. So, I decided to brave this new territory. I'd found your recipe. Oh my God! is was TERRIFIC!!! Iam still in awe over this combination. The only thing that I did differently, was to sauteed diced green peppers, celery and onions. Thanks for such an AWESOME recipe!

mensa52 Brown January 14, 2006

This is a fantastic recipe. I love shrimp and my whole family loved this meal. I agree with the other reviewer, great comfort food!

CookingKatie71 February 16, 2005