Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits
Enjoy this Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits dish any night of the week for a super flavorful and satisfying dinner that’s gluten free and on the table in 40 minutes!
Dinner, Main Course
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Cast iron skillet
large shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined
thick bacon slices, chopped
red bell pepper, diced
green onions, thinly sliced
dry white wine
fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
Salt and pepper
smoked jack or creamy jack cheese
Salt and pepper
Pat shrimp dry and place in a medium bowl. Sprinkle shrimp with Cajun seasoning and paprika; toss to coat. Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté bacon until brown and crisp, about 7 minutes.
Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat into a mug or ramekin.
Sauté shrimp in 2 batches, cooking about 1 ½ minutes per side. Add more bacon fat if needed for second batch. Keep shrimp in a clean bowl or plate tented with foil to stay warm.
Add bell pepper, shallots, and lemon halves cut side down to skillet. Season pepper and shallots with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Remove lemon halves from skillet and add ½ cup green onion and garlic. Cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Pour wine into skillet to deglaze the pan and scrape up brownings with a wooden spoon. Cook 2 minutes.
Stir the bacon and shrimp into the vegetable mixture and let heat through for a minute or two. Remove skillet from heat and squeeze in juice from seared lemon halves.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining green onion slices on top and garnish with extra parsley.
Serve hot over cooked grits. Enjoy!
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Slowly stir the grits and salt into the boiling water.
Reduce heat to low, cover saucepan, and cook 15-20 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Remove pan from heat and stir in butter 1 tablespoon at a time.
Stir in cheese 1 cup at a time until melted and smooth.
Serve grits in shallow bowls topped with Cajun Shrimp.
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