Blackened Cajun Shrimp & Cheese Grits

  • Author: theperksofbeingus


Creamy cheese grits have something on our menu since we moved down south. The addition of blackened shrimp, and fresh corn, peppers and onions takes it to the next level. Any cheese you may have in your fridge can be mixed in, to make it creamy, and hearty. We add a kick of spice to brighten it up. Squeeze a lime over the shrimp, and you have a meal that will have them asking for more.




Pepper & Corn Saute

  • 1 Poblano pepper
  • 1 large or 2 small jalapeno peppers
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 ears of fresh corn
  • 1 small red onion
  • 6 cloves of peeled garlic, shredded with microplaner
  • Garlic olive oil or canola oil for cooking

Blackened Shrimp


  • Sliced green onions or chives


  • Peel and de-vein shrimp
  • Rinse shrimp, drain, and pat dry
  • Put shrimp in a glass container between paper towels, keep in fridge, while preparing the rest
  • Place corn, in husk in microwave for 3 minutes
  • Let corn stand with husk on for at least 3 minutes, can be more
  • Seed and de-vein all the peppers, & dice into pea size pieces, set aside
  • Chop onion into pea size pieces, set aside
  • Measure out milk, and butter
  • Shred cheese, set aside

To make grits

  • Put water, and milk into a pot, and bring to a low boil
  • Reduce to a simmer, using whisk to stir, slowly pour in grits
  • Continue to stir grits until it come back to a simmer
  • Simmer, stirring often, until grits absorb the liquid
  • Times may vary, depending on the grits you use, 20-30 minutes
  • Stir in blackened Cajun seasoning, set aside to keep warm

To prepare pepper corn mixture:

  • Remove husk from the corn & cut end flat
  • Using sharp knife, slice down to remove hulls of corn
  • Heat up a cast iron skillet, with light coating of canola oil or garlic olive oil
  • Put corn in hot pan
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Roast corn till golden brown, stirring with metal spatula
  • Set corn aside, in a bowl, covering with foil

Time to pan sear the shrimp, & finish off the peppers and corn!

  • Put another cast iron pan outside on a hot grill, heating for 5 minutes
  • You may do this inside, but still make sure pan is very hot
  • Re-heat pan used for corn, till very hot
  • Put shrimp into large cast iron pan, set timer for 3 minutes (we do this on our outdoor grill, and put lid down)
  • Add onion into the other hot pan, cook for 1 minute
  • Add garlic, stirring, cook for 1 minute
  • Add peppers, stirring
  • Turn shrimp over, set timer for 2 minutes
  • Toss corn into pepper and onion mixture, continue to cook, stirring
  • Bring shrimp in to prepare bowls of shrimp and grits
  • Serve grits in a large bowl, placing shrimp and pepper-corn mixture on top!
  • Sprinkle with green onions or chives, and enjoy!


  • This recipe works well with shrimp cooked on stove, or out on grill
  • You can also sub out scallops or grilled chicken  for the shrimp
  • This is a great vegetarian dish, served without the shrimp

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