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Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits

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This recipe for Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits comes together in less than 45 minutes.  It’s a delicious dish with an international touch – it’s made with Mahón-Menorca cheese from Spain.  The grits are smooth and creamy and you will want them to get in your belly – pronto!

Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits in a dish

Mahón-Menorca is produced on the island of Minorca off of the coast of Spain.  The cheese has a unique flavor which is attributed to geographic and climatic factors such as soil characteristics, temperature, humidity, and light. 

It’s so special that it is a product with Protected Guarantee of Origin (PGO) status.

shredded Mahón-Menorca cheese
Mahón-Menorca cheese is produced the same way it has been for ages on family farms where cattle graze freely.  The hard variety shreds beautifully and helps to make these grits creamy and addictive.

How To Make Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits

Creamy shrimp and grits topped with green onions
This dish takes less than 45 minutes to make.  I have written the recipe to make the best use of time.  I realize that it might seem daunting to try to cook bacon while also whisking grits. 

For this favorite Southern dish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 12 ounces shrimp, medium-sized, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1 cup hard Mahón-Menorca cheese, shredded
  • 4 green onions, chopped

In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth, milk, butter and seasonings to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to low-medium and slowly stir in grits, whisking often for 5 minutes. Add cheese and whisk for another minute until the grits become creamy. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove from skillet and place on paper towels to drain. Drain grease from the pan, return it to the burner, and sauté the shrimp and garlic in until the shrimp is cooked. Return the cooked bacon to pan along with barbecue sauce and stir to combine.

Serve shrimp mixture atop of grits and garnish with chopped green onions.


Feel free to take a little bit of extra time to make things easier for yourself.  You could cook the bacon first, turn off your burner and set the bacon aside, and then cook the grits. 

Once the grits are finished, you can place the skillet that you cooked the bacon in back on a burner and then cook the shrimp.

Combine shrimp and Cajun seasoning in a small bowl and set aside.

Yield: 4

Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits

Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits

This recipe for Cheesy BBQ Shrimp and Grits comes together in less than 45 minutes.  It's a delicious dish with an international touch - it's made with Mahón-Menorca cheese from Spain.  The grits are smooth and creamy and you will want them to get in your belly - pronto!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 12 ounces shrimp, medium-sized, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce

Grits

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1 cup hard Mahón-Menorca cheese, shredded
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Instructions

Combine shrimp and Cajun seasoning in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth, milk, butter and seasonings to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to low-medium and slowly stir in grits, whisking often for 5 minutes. Add cheese and whisk for another minute until the grits become creamy. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove from skillet and place on paper towels to drain. Drain grease from pan, return it to the burner, and sauté the shrimp and garlic in until the shrimp is cooked. Return cooked bacon to pan along with barbecue sauce and stir to combine.

Serve shrimp mixture atop of grits and garnish with chopped green onions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 639Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 277mgSodium: 2938mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 37g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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Want to eat this for breakfast?  Go right ahead – after all, the base is made of creamy grits, a southern breakfast staple.  Want to eat it for lunch or dinner?  That’s fine, too!  Just pair it with a green salad to round out the meal.   

BBQ shrimp and grits

Mahón-Menorca Cheese can be purchased nationwide at Whole Foods, and at other fine retailers such as Fairway Markets, Harris Teeter, Saveway, Kroger, Murray’s, Central Markets, Costco, Gourmet Garage, West Side Markets, Zabar’s, Central and Town & Country Markets in Seattle and at the best specialty stores all over the country.


Love shrimp?  Be sure to check out these other recipes using the seafood fav:

  • Instant Pot Shrimp and Peppers – Yes, you can cook shrimp in an Instant Pot and this recipe is proof!  This seafood dish is great served with some crusty French bread and garden salad.
  • Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya – Transport your tastebuds to the bayou with this tasty dish that is loaded with shrimp and peppers.  Serve over rice, or make it low-carb by serving over cauliflower rice.
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