A white bowl filled cajun shrimp and grits.

Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Cajun Shrimp and Grits is a classic Southern comfort food that's easy to make from scratch. Creamy, buttery grits are topped with cajun seasoned shrimp - ready in 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cajun shrimp and grits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 470kcal
Author Heather




  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cajun Shrimp

  • 16 ounces large shrimp peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning



  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk, chicken broth, and salt. Bring to a boil, then slowly whisk in the grits and minced garlic.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes, whisking frequently. If grits begin to stick to pan, reduce heat. Grits should be creamy and tender when cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and add pepper and butter. Stir to combine. Cover and set aside.

Cajun Shrimp

  • Season shrimp with cajun seasoning and toss to evenly coat.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add butter. When hot, add shrimp to pan and arrange in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for 1 additional minute. Shrimp are ready when pink and tails have curled up slightly. Remove from heat.
  • Spoon grits into a bowl, then top with shrimp and any remaining butter in pan. Optionally, top with chopped parsley as a garnish. Serve immediately.


  • 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning will give you a medium amount of heat. For a lighter flavor, use one teaspoon. 
  • If you're plating to impress, feel free to leave the tails on your shrimp. Leaving the tails on can make your plate look more attractive and the shrimp look larger.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 337mg | Sodium: 1756mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1332IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 3mg