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Creole Shrimp & Grits

A classic Southern recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 1 hour 45 minutes
Total 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 472 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Creole Shrimp:

  • 2 pounds unpeeled medium-size raw shrimp (26/30 count)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces canned tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Grits:

  • cups milk
  • cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups uncooked quick-cooking grits


  1. Peel shrimp, reserving shells; devein shrimp, if desired. Bring shells and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes. Pour shrimp broth through a colander over a large bowl, pressing shells with back of a spoon; discard shells.
  2. Heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly until flour is caramel colored (about 8 to 10 minutes). Add onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in Creole seasoning, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the tomato paste and stir until it is evenly coating all of the vegetables. Slowly add 2 cups shrimp broth, stirring constantly to create a thick sauce. Add the bay leaf, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Add the shrimp, and cook 10 minutes, stirring in ¼ to ½ cup remaining shrimp broth to reach desired consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, bring milk, water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve Creole Shrimp over grits. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Note: I found Creole seasoning at my local grocery store in the International aisle, in the Cajun section.

Nutrition Facts
Creole Shrimp & Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 411mg137%
Sodium 1853mg81%
Potassium 675mg19%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1110IU22%
Vitamin C 30.7mg37%
Calcium 363mg36%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.