You can’t go wrong with the classic dish of Cajun Shrimp with Cheesy Grits! This recipe is ready in under 30 minutes and features a side of sauteed greens to balance out the meal.
Guys, I am obsessed with this flavor combination, and I think it is starting to show on my blog. I keep making dishes with Cajun shrimp (See Cajun Shrimp Pasta & Vegetables, Cajun Shrimp Salad), and recently I made Cajun Cheesy Grits Fritters. There is just something that is so good about all those flavors together, so I decided to combine all of that into one glorious dish: Cajun Shrimp with Cheesy Grits, and a side of sauteed greens.
Oh my my, this dinner was so delicious. And all of it – the shrimp, grits, and greens – took less than 30 minutes to make from scratch, thanks to quick cooking grits. If you’re not a grits fan, I encourage you to try these cheesy grits. I tried cheesy grits for the first time when we went to Nashville, and what a game changer!
And of course, the Cajun-spiced shrimp is always a winner. So tasty and so simple to make!
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Cajun Shrimp with Cheesy Grits
- 1 lb shrimp , peeled and de-veined
- 2 teaspoons Cajun spice (or less, to taste if you don't like things too spicy)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
- 1 cup quick cooking grits
- 4 cups water (or as much as the grits instructions require)
- 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese (I used yellow sharp cheddar)
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 4 handfuls baby spinach or other baby greens
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Optional: Chopped scallions or cilantro leaves for garnish
- Toss the shrimp with the Cajun spice. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet, and add the seasoned shrimp. Cook the shrimp about 2-3 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Cook the grits according to the package, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese while the grits are still hot.
- While the grits are cooking, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and minced garlic to the same skillet where you cooked the shrimp saute for 1 minute, and then add the baby greens. Season with salt and pepper (no other seasoning needed, as the greens will pick up the Cajun spices from the skillet). Cook stirring occasionally for ~5-7 minutes or until the greens have wilted.
- Serve the Cajun Shrimp and Sauteed Greens over the Cheesy Grits.