How to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native

Shrimp & grits is a dish that’s gone from the mundane to haute cuisine in just a decade or so. My rendition is a bow to the famed version at City Grocery on Mr. Faulkner’s fabled Square in Oxford, Miss., although I’ve always thought City Grocery’s was too pepper-hot. I’ve adjusted this one accordingly.

Patsy R. Brumfield The Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

The recipe is a perfect entree for 4, plus french bread and a tasty salad.

Header image is shrimp and grits from Wishbone in Chicago. Image via flickr user Discopalace.

EQUIPMENT

  • chopping board and knife
  • measuring equipment
  • iron skillet
  • medium sauce pan
  • wooden spoons
  • metal whisk
  • extra mixing bowls or plates

INGREDIENTS

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

GRITS

  • 1 cup 5-minute grits
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup grated, sharp cheddar cheese (white or yellow)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped smoked Gouda
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Salt/pepper to taste

SHRIMP

  • 2 cups chopped, smoked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw, 26-30 count shrimp, peeled
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons white wine (or 1 tablespoon rice vinegar)
  • 2 cups sliced green onions

LET’S GET STARTED

GRITS

In sauce pan with lid, cook grits according to package instructions, except salt. (Whisk in grits, then whisk again after about 3 minutes. Be careful because this stuff “pops” when it boils and it can hurt!)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

Whisk in butter, cheeses, cream and spices. Mix thoroughly and season with salt/pepper to taste.

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

SHRIMP

In a large iron skillet, cook bacon until it begins to brown.

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

Remove it from the heat onto a plate or to a large bowl, and reserve bacon and drippings. Bring skillet heat back to very hot. Add olive oil and 2 tablespoons bacon grease.

As oils begin to smoke, toss in shrimp to cover pan bottom. Season with salt/pepper. Then stir until shrimp begin to turn pink all over. Remove shrimp to a plate or bowl.

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

Let pan return to original heat, then toss in garlic. Be careful not to burn. Add mushrooms and quickly coat with oil. Add lemon juice and wine/vinegar. Stir until everything is well coated, about 2 minutes.

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

Toss in green onions and stir about 1 minute.

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

Return shrimp to skillet mixture and turn off the heat.

TO PLATE

Pour a generous amount of creamy grits, then top with shrimp/mushroom mixture. Serves 4.

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin' Cook)

how to cook shrimp and grits like a New Orleans native (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/The Southfacin’ Cook)

Come back to NewinNOLA.com every week for “Southfacin’ Cook,” where Patsy explains the basics to Southern cooking and eating. Contact her with suggestions, questions or requests at patsy.brumfield@gmail.com.

Previous recipes from Patsy:

• Hummus
• Gumbo
• Quiche

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