Shrimp and Grits is a classic dish that originated in the coastal areas of the Southern United States, specifically in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia. This dish was historically served as a breakfast meal for fishermen, but has since become a beloved comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
1 pound medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (https://www.amazon.com/Old-Bay-Seasoning-7-5-Ounce/dp/B0005YM0UY/)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced celery
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces) (https://www.amazon.com/Muir-Glen-Organic-Diced-Tomatoes/dp/B00EYR8W5K/)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, adjust according to spice tolerance)
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups cooked grits (https://www.amazon.com/Quaker-Instant-Grits-Cheese-Flavor/dp/B01NBIUDM6/)
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, green pepper, and celery, and sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and Old Bay seasoning to the skillet, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
Add the shrimp to the skillet, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they are pink and cooked through. If desired, sprinkle the cayenne pepper over the shrimp for extra spice.
Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, divide the cooked grits between four bowls, and top with the shrimp and sauce mixture.
If you have a shellfish allergy, this dish is not suitable for you.
The cayenne pepper in this recipe adds a bit of heat, but it is optional. Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper according to your spice tolerance.
This recipe serves four and is approximately 400 calories per serving. If you are trying to watch your calorie intake, consider using low-fat or reduced-calorie ingredients, such as low-fat chicken broth and reduced-fat cheese in the grits.
To make this dish healthier, consider using whole-grain grits instead of regular grits. You can also add more vegetables to the sauce, such as spinach or kale, to increase the nutritional value.
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Enjoy this delicious and classic Southern dish, perfect for any meal of the day!