Southern Style Shrimp & Grits

Southern Style Shrimp & Grits JENRON DESIGNS

Southern Style Shrimp & Grits

One of our favorite dinners this time of year is Southern Style Shrimp & Grits.


It is that time of year again with Fat Tuesday right around the corner, and I start to crave King Cake and Gumbo. A couple of years ago I shared my dinner party plans to host a Mardi Gras Feast of the Kings, seen below. It was filled with everything you would expect for Mardi Gras celebration, and you can absolutely check out the details at the link above.

Mardi Gras Tablescape JENRON DESIGNSAlong with my menu, I included several great recipes including my homemade Gumbo, Jambalaya, and groundbreaking King Cake Cocktail which is a real treat if you are looking for that flavor without all the bread and carbs. King Cake Cocktail JENRON DESIGNSAt the time I did not share my recipe for one of my all time favorites, Southern Style Shrimp & Grits, which was listed on the menu. You guys noticed and I had few in box requests for the recipe, which prompted me to go ahead and create this post. While this meal is really great anytime of the time year, I must say it does pair nicely with rich french and cajun style cuisines, so I would be remiss not to share it now. SHRIMP & GRITS JENRON DESIGNS
As a girl raised in the South, it is a southern joke that G.R.I.T.S is the acronym for Girls Raised In The South. Therefore, Shrimp & Grits are a true southern staple which can be enjoyed year round. In fact we celebrate with a Shrimp & Grit Festival in the fall, usually around the first week of November,  located on Jekyll Island. You can try all the best recipes of shrimp and grits out there, and while I love mine, I will be the first tell you that this festival has some that puts my little recipe to shame, LOL!

Southern Style Shrimp & Grits JENRON DESIGNS
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Shrimp & Grits

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, cajun, Creole, French, Southern
Keyword Bacon, Sausage, seafood
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 650kcal
Author Jennifer Gainer


  • Instant Pot 3 Qt. Mini ( can be doubled for a larger 6 Qt. Pot)
  • Flower Cake Bundtlette Pan For Use With 3, 5 ,6 AND 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker And Oven baking
  • Bamboo Spurtles 
  • Cooking Trivet


  • 1/2 lb Applewood Smoked Bacon Diced
  • 1 Vidalia Onion Peeled & diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Seeded & diced
  • 1 pint Grape or Cherry Tomatoes Halved
  • 3/4 cup Stone Ground Grits *DO NO USE INSTANT GRITS
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Peeled & minced
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 lb Steamed Shrimp Peeled, devined, with tails removed
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Tequila Blanco
  • 5 Jalapeños sliced, reserved a few for garnishing


  • Set Instant Pot to Saute and add Bacon, crisp and remove to paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Use bacon grease to saute peppers and onions for 7-8 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Degrease pan with tequila, then add tomatoes and chicken stock. Cancel the Saute setting.
  • Mix grits with heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper to taste. (You can add 1 tsp of Old Bay to the mix if you like more spice.)
  • Place trivet onto the top of cooked vegetables. Add bundt pan and pour your grits into the pan. Place lid on Instant Pot and cook for 10 minutes and High Pressure Manual.
  • While the grits and vegetables cook, remove tails on shrimp and toss in 2 tbsp of Old Bay seasoning.
  • When cooking process is done quick release the steam. Use tongs to remove the bundt pan and trivet.
  • Place 4 tbsp of butter on top of grits to melt. Then stir in shrimp to the hot vegetable mixture.
  • Once butter has melted on grits stir and serve into bowls. Top with a ladle full of shrimp and vegetables.
  • Garnish with crispy bacon and Jalapeno slices.


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  1. This is different than anything I’ve ever tried before but looks delicious!

  2. Windy

    5 stars
    Although I’m not a fan of grits, my sister is and this looks like a good recipe. I’ll send her this recipe.

  3. I love shrimp and grits!! I will definitely be trying this recipe. It sounds spicy and delicious! Thanks!

  4. Hellloo delicious meal I want to eat do badly! I’ve never been a fan of grits until this moment.

  5. 5 stars
    Yummy! This sounds and looks delicious! I would love to make it some time!!

  6. I LOVE shrimp, and this recipe looks so yummy. Might give it a go, even though it looks so fancy!

  7. The pictures make my mouth water! Can’t wait to try this recipe

  8. I have to admit, I’ve never had grits, but when I try them I want to go the shrimp and grits route. And with bacon? Yes please!

  9. Makes me want to visit the South and eat some grits. Yum!

  10. This recipe is right up my brother’s alley. I think I’ll make it for him next time he comes for dinner!

  11. 5 stars
    Such a tasty treat! I need to try it because it sounds amazing

  12. 5 stars
    I love grits! My husband hasn’t had them, so he doesn’t understand, lol. I’ve always had them with just butter and sugar, but I’d love to try something a little more savory like this!

  13. 5 stars
    Wow!! Everything looks really pretty! I love shrimp, i think i’m gonna try this soon! Oh and i love how your centerpiece is designed!

  14. Megan this maybe a way to get him to try them if he is not really a fan, they really do taste great in this recipe and application, LOL! I completely get it, my husband was born a Yankee… so I broke him in a long time ago LOL!

  15. Tisha

    5 stars
    I have never had shrimp and grits but this makes me want to try them! Look so good!

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