Southern shrimp
and grits

A southern American favourite of mine that I really enjoy making! This recipe is based on a version of the dish that I love from a restaurant called Jonah’s in Thomasville GA. I like to garnish it with spring onions and thin slices of red chilli for decoration and that extra kick of flavour.

SERVES 4

Prep: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients

475ml of chicken stock
475ml of milk
75 grams of butter
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
170 grams of uncooked yellow or white corn grits (a finer version of polenta)
225 grams of grated cheddar cheese

For the Shrimp:

8 rashers of thick-cut bacon, cut into small squares
450 grams of uncooked medium shrimp (prawns), peeled and deveined
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon of Cajun spice seasoning
4 spring onions, chopped

Method
  • In a large saucepan, mix the stock, milk, butter, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Slowly stir in the corn grits and reduce heat. Cover the saucepan and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the texture becomes thick.
  • Then, stir in the cheese until it’s melted. Set aside and keep warm.
  • In a large pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon and place on kitchen roll, then drain the fat from the pan with a slotted spoon, saving some oil to cook the prawns in.
  • Sauté the prawns with the garlic and seasoning from the bacon drippings and cook until the prawns turn pink.
  • Serve with the grits and garnish with spring onions.

There you have it, a good old-fashioned bowl of southern comfort food – shrimp and grits!