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Memphis’s Original Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Chef Chip Dunham, The Grove Grill in Memphis, TN
This staple Southern dish is a coastal comfort food. Creamy grits are topped with saucy and flavorful shrimp.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Entrée, Main, Brunch
Cuisine American, Southern, American/Southern
Servings 8
Calories 335 kcal


  • 2 pounds shrimp 16 to 20 count per pound, peeled
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 ounces diced Tasso ham
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs parsley, thyme, rosemary and basil
  • 4 ounces dry white wine
  • 8 ounces shrimp stock
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 recipe speckle heart grits recipe follows


  • Pre-heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.
  • Toss the shrimp in the Cajun seasoning.
  • Add the oil to the skillet.
  • Add the garlic, Tasso ham, and shrimp to pan. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the fresh herbs and wine. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp stock and bring to a boil.
  • Portion the grits into 4 to 6 large bowls and place equal portions of shrimp into each bowl on top of grits.
  • Return the pan to stove top and bring to a simmer. Reduce by up to ½ volume.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter.
  • Pour the sauce evenly over the top of each bowl of Shrimp & Grits. Garnish with chopped scallions.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 28gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 451mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 909IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Brunch, Shrimp
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