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Butter Garlic Seared Shrimp with Pepper-Jack Grits. In under 30 minutes!!

Updated: May 1, 2023

Butter Garlic Seared Shrimp with Pepper Jack Cheese Grits.

In under 30 minutes!!


fast meal, easy to make, shrimp & grits ©Malinda Julien
Shrimp and Grits

A few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand or easy to pick up at the store and a 30 minute prep to cook to dish time is perfect for any evening meal even during the week day!

What you'll need:

  1. Medium pot

  2. Skillet



  1. 1 cup grits

  2. 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal or polenta

  3. 2 1/2 cups of milk

  4. One cup chicken stock, or vegetable stock

  5. 1/2 cup pepper, jack cheese, cubed

  6. Kosher salt to taste


  1. 8 to 10 large shrimp, raw deveined tail on. Pat them dry and lightly coat them in salt and pepper or Old Bay seasoning if you like.

  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil

  3. 2 tablespoons Butter

  4. One large or two medium garlic cloves, crushed and sliced

  5. Kosher salt to taste

Directions to prepare :

  1. Put skillet on stove top and heat to medium

  2. Pour milk and chicken stock into pot for the grits

  3. When the skillet is hot, add oil and butter

  4. Add the grits and cornmeal or polenta to the pot with the milk mixture and stir

  5. Add cubed pepper- jack cheese to the grits

  6. Cook the grits over medium to medium low heat, making sure you keep stirring. You want the cheese to melt as well as the grits and polenta to cook thoroughly. If your grits are starting to look too tight you can add either more chicken stock or just some water or milk. Remember grits should be creamy not real thick so you're gonna want them to be almost ready when you put the shrimp in.

  7. As your grits are coming together and they're almost done, add the shrimp with just a little bit of salt and pepper on them into your hot skillet. They will splatter a little bit, so be sure and stand back.

  8. Add the sliced garlic

  9. Cover the shrimp for three to five minutes, then take off the heat leaving the lid on.


This dish cooked really fast and comes together quickly. Spoon the grits in the bottom of a bowl add your shrimp and any of the shrimp butter and drippings on top.

You can keep the sliced garlic pieces or remove them before plating, depending upon what you like.

Top with sliced scallions for color and additional crunch (optional)

As with all recipes, customize your salt and heat levels to your taste. If you are using iodized table salt instead of kosher salt, cut the amount of salt in half.

Enjoy and share photos!!

~Cook on!!!


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