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Shrimp, Smoked Sausage, and Grits

July 28th, 2010 · 20 Comments

Shrimp, Sausage, and Grits

Shrimp, Sausage, and Grits

With plans to make our shrimp and grits from some of the wonderful fresh morsels we bought on the North Carolina coast over the weekend, we ended up with just 1 pound of the delightful crustacean for this recipe, we used the other two pounds for some New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp the day before, so when necessity calls, invention happens!

I thought, “What could I put in place of the missing 1 pound of shrimp that the recipe calls?” Sausage, and indeed I found a pound of smoked sausage in the freezer, quickly thawed it out and cut the link into small ½ inch cubes.

Shrimp, Sausage, and Grits

Shrimp, Sausage, and Grits

Taking the original shrimp and grits recipe that I posted on October 20, 2009, I have made a few modifications, and they include:

  • Replacing 1 pound of shrimp with 1 pound of smoked sausage.
  • Replacing the 2 cups of chicken stock with 1 cup shrimp and 1 cup fish stock for cooking the grits.
  • Increased the amount of mushrooms from half-pound to a full pound.
  • Increased the green onions to 1 cup, and dividing ¼ cup for garnish at the end.
  • Added parmesan cheese for a garnish at the end.

Here is the commentary from the original recipe.

A few months ago, Ben got braces put on his teeth, and the staff at Gladwell orthodontics pleasantly treated us for what typically would be a traumatic event, had turned into a delightful time. You might be wondering what orthodontic braces have in common with a seafood dish, and you would be correct! Turns out that I was wearing my Logo polo-style shirt with the logo that day and the assistant asked me if I worked for Emeril. The answer of course was yes I did, and no, not currently. Eventually the discussion turned to food, which seems to happen for me a lot, and the receptionist asked if I had a good recipe for shrimp and grits. At the time, I did not have an answer, but told her that a shrimp étouffée served over grits would most likely be very good, and that there was a recipe for that on my site.  To this day, I have not tried the étouffée over grits, but now have this true shrimp and grits recipe to share. Therefore, Gladwell staff, this one is for you!

Shrimp and Grits is a Carolina favorite served up and down the coastline and into the Piedmont regions, found on many a local restaurant menu and seems to be a favorite for Sunday brunch menus as well. Now I have had Grillades and Grits, the old New Orleans favorite which is sort of veal stew served over grits, and it is some good too!

This recipe inspired by the Cooking up a Storm cookbook, with a few slight variations. The original recipe, found on page 137, has the preparation setting up the grits in a casserole dish and then finishing in the broiler or oven with the shrimp and cheese sauce. Therefore, a casserole style dish transforms into a plated entrée with this variation listed here.

Serves 6 portions

4 Cups Shrimp, fish, seafood stock, or a combination
1 Cup Grits, instant or 5-minute
½ Lb. Jarlsberg cheese or Swiss cheese, grated, divided
1 Lb. Smoked sausage, ½ inch cubes
4 Tbsp Butter
1 Lb. Button mushrooms, sliced
1 Cup Green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts), divided
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
½ Cup Dry white wine
1 Lb. Shrimp, medium-sized, peeled and deviened
1 Tsp Cajun Spice Blend
¼ Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Procedure Steps
1. In a large saucepan, bring the seafood stocks to a boil and add the grits, stirring well. Cook until thick but still pourable, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in ½ of the cheese and allow it to melt into the grits well. Turn off the heat, cover, and reserve for plating.
2. Heat large sauté pan over medium high flame until hot, then add the sausage and brown well (see tip below). Stirring periodically to evenly brown the sausage. Remove from the pan and allow to drain on paper towels. Then add and melt the butter over medium-high heat and sauté the mushrooms, add 3/4 of the green onions, and garlic for 4 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft. Add the dry white wine and allow it to reduce just a bit, and then add the shrimp and the Cajun spice blend. Stir well and continue to cook until the shrimp are slightly undercooked. Then add the browned sausage back into the pan and stir well. Then fold in the remaining ½ of the shredded cheese and allow it to melt into the shrimp and sauce, stirring frequently. Garnish the top with the remaining 1/4 of the green onions and the parmesan cheese.
3. Portion the grits evenly onto 6 serving plates and then spoon the shrimp evenly over them. Serve immediately. A side of cheesy garlic bread goes well with this dish.

TIP: After cutting the smoked sausage pat the cubes dry with paper towels before adding them to the pan, this helps to get them to brown quicker and evenly.

Shrimp, Sausage, and Grits

Bon appetit!



©2010 CCR

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belinda @zomppa // Jul 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Did you come my way this weekend? We were at the beaches too…eating shrimp! Amazing, no? This recipe, though, is making me so hungry.

  • 2 HoneyB // Jul 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Looks very flavorful Ryan! I love my shrimp!

  • 3 Evan @swEEts // Jul 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    You make me want to give grits another chance! This looks so yummy.

  • 4 Boudreaux Ryan // Jul 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    We went to Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle, stayed in Havelock, NC, just about 30 minute drive.

    I can never get enough shrimp, the smoked sausage takes this to a whole new level.

  • 5 Michelle // Jul 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Is there any better combination than shrimp and sausage?

  • 6 Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog // Jul 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Drooling with the recipe Ryan! Impossible to beat this combo – Adore shrimps 🙂



  • 7 foodies at home // Jul 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I have never tried to experiment with grits before…this might be the push to get me going!

  • 8 Rochelle (Acquired Taste) // Jul 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I haven’t had grits very often, but with a smoked sausage like perhaps chorizo and shrimp, this would be a wonderful dish! I think it would be best during the colder months so I’ll have to save it until then 😀

  • 9 pegasuslegend // Jul 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    what a marvelous combo….that plate is full of everything I love! amazing looking grits too! Havent seen a better looking plate full of wonderful shrimp sausage and grits like this one very unique~ very nice~

  • 10 Cristina (TeenieCakes) // Jul 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I must admit, I’ve never tasted grits before. Regardless, I can only imagine how tasty this is by the ingredients. Sounds like a hearty meal! 🙂

  • 11 Mary at Deep South Dish // Jul 29, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Very nice Chef Ryan! The combination of smoked sausage and shrimp is one of my favorites and of course, this southern G.R.I.T.S. gal sure loves her grits!!

  • 12 penny aka jeroxie // Jul 29, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Prawns and sausages… it is a great combo. Love it on pasta too.

  • 13 Cookin' Canuck // Jul 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Oh my, what a fantastic recipe. All of the flavors in here, along with the sausage and shrimp make this so tempting.

  • 14 Drick // Jul 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

    love shrimp n grits, adding the sausage is a plus – this one looks like it’s tempting me right now….

  • 15 bamboobailey // Jul 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    OMG this looks so good……I will make this for sure although I may end up having to make quinoa on the side as I know the guys here will not eat grits, but the shrimp and sausage flavor will still shine.

  • 16 Magic of Spice // Jul 31, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Grits are the good stuff, and this is such a fantastic dish:)

  • 17 Frank // Aug 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Looks like a winner, Chef!

  • 18 Lori Lynn // Aug 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Hi CCR – the first one was great, but this recipe takes it over the top!

  • 19 Nanette // Sep 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Recently made shrimp and grits (with mushroom) will add sausage to it the next time, soon! Maybe kielbasa?? Wonderful! Thanks. N

  • 20 jeff // Jan 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    damn!!!…my mouth is watering just from the pics