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Serves 6 to 8

There’s no denying that shrimp and grits deserve a spot on every Southern table. The beloved dish is a classic meal below the Mason-Dixon, and this easy recipe will instantly upgrade your tried-and-true method. Perfect for a casual dinner party, Southern shrimp and grits combine all the standard flavors of the cherished dish with mouthwatering ingredients like: smoked Andouille sausage, mushrooms, and thyme. Of course, no Southern meal is complete without a bit of spice; this recipe includes zesty Tabasco sauce that perfectly complements the creaminess of the grits.

For a plump and juicy protein, we prefer to use wild Gulf shrimp; they will only cook for about two minutes before being ready to serve. Whether you prefer your grits served as a side to eggs on your breakfast plate or accompanied by sautéed shrimp and smoky sausage, it is hard not to love the Southern staple.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place the grits in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for about 1 hour. Drain the grits and place them in a large pot. Add 8 cups water and set over medium heat. Stir as mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, add 1 tablespoon salt, and cook until the grits are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Add the cheese and cream and stir to combine. Season with salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Keep warm, adding more water or cream to keep grits loose until ready to serve.

Step 2

In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Step 3

Add the onion and mushrooms to skillet with a pinch of salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until they are just starting to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add the wine, butter, and thyme and simmer until the wine has reduced by half, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Step 4

To serve, spoon the grits into a shallow serving bowl. Top with the shrimp mixture and sausage slices. 

Chef Erin Byers Murray