‘Slap Ya Mama Shrimp and Cheesy Grits’


This is my husband’s favorite recipe and it always turns out delicious (and takes literally MINUTES to make). Not a lot of effort = A ton of praise?? Yes, please!

Warning: This meal includes fat, dairy, sodium, and meat. YUM. Consult your running shoes before eating this meal.

  • 1 whole Lemon (slice 2 wedges to set aside and juice the rest–you may prefer to use less lemon juice, but a lot of lemon is A-OK in our kitchen)
  • 4 Green Onions (dice to your preference)
  • 1 pound of Shrimp (I use the easy frozen version of this–cooked, deveined, peeled… If going this route: do not force your shrimp to thaw by running under water. Instead, let the shrimp naturally thaw in refrigerator–this takes a little pre-planning)
  • 6 strips of Bacon (I use Black Label Low Sodium)
  • 3 C. Chicken Stock (I use Swanson—not to be confused with broth)
  • 1 C. Quick-cooking Grits (I use Jim Dandy)
  • 2 C. Shredded Cheese (I use Kraft 2% shredded sharp cheddar)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Butter
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning

Bring chicken stock to a boil over medium-high heat; add grits and reduce heat. Stir occasionally cooking for 5-7 minutes until thick and smooth. Add butter, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cheese (set aside a little for topping the meal). Cover and set aside to keep warm.

Cook bacon; set aside on paper towels to cool before chopping. Drain the majority of grease from the pan (but not all of it!) and return to stove; add shrimp, lemon juice, and a few shakes of Slap Ya Mama seasoning (sorry… I just eyeball this step). Cook shrimp until they firm up a bit. You can either toss the green onion into the pan last or use it as a garnish.

Spoon grits into bowl, top with chopped bacon, shrimp, green onion, twist of lemon, and a sprinkle of cheese. Serve it to your partner and put your feet up in anticipation of the inevitable offer of a foot massage.

Extra Bonus: If done properly, you should only have one pot, one pan, two bowls and a few cooking/eating utensils to clean up. This increases the chances of your partner offering to do the dishes in their post-meal euphoria.

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