Shrimp and Grits with Vidalia Onions

Shrimp and grits are a southern staple and the addition of Vidalia onions and Gouda cheese puts this dish over the top! Recipe and photography by Jodi Danen of Create Kids Club.

  • 1 cup old fashioned grits
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 ounces Gouda cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 RealSweet® Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  1. In a saucepan, bring chicken broth and water to a boil. Add grits and salt, cook per box instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, add butter to a large skillet. Saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and spinach, cook until spinach starts to wilt. Remove mixture from the pan and set aside.
  4. Once grits are cooked, add gouda cheese, stir. Cover the saucepan to let cheese soften if needed.
  5. Season shrimp with cajun seasoning. Add olive oil and shrimp to the pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  6. Stir grits until the cheese is completely mixed in. Add lemon juice, stir.
  7. To serve, layer grits, onion and spinach mixture, then top with shrimp. Add fresh cracked pepper if desired.

For more info on how to select and safely serve fresh and frozen seafood, check out these tips from the FDA.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Tags: Dinner