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side view of a bowl with slow cooker grits topped with shrimp, bacon, and green onions

Slow Cooker Grits and Shrimp

Katerina | Diethood
Easy Slow Cooker Grits and Shrimp is a Southern-style recipe featuring creamy cheese grits, crispy bacon, and succulent shrimp sauteed with garlic, lemon, and green onions.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cubed, divided
  • 2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish


  • Place the grits in a bowl and add 4 cups water; let stand for a minute.
  • In the meantime, line a 3-quart slow cooker, or larger, with a slow cooker liner. Set aside.
  • Pour the rinsed grits through a mesh strainer and drain. Then, transfer the grits to the slow cooker.
  • To the insert of the slow cooker add in 2 cups water, milk, salt, pepper, and half of the cubed butter pieces. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the liquid is all absorbed. Stir the grits about 3 to 4 times during the cooking process.
  • About 20 minutes before the grits are done, set a large skillet over medium heat.
  • When the skillet is hot, add the bacon pieces and cook until crispy.
  • Remove bacon from skillet; do not toss the bacon grease.
  • To the bacon grease add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink.
  • Stir in the garlic, lemon juice, onions, and parsley; continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • When the grits are done, remove the cover and stir in the remaining butter and shredded cheese; stir until melted and completely combined.
    Taste for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Spoon the cooked grits into a serving bowl.
  • Top with shrimp and bacon.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Serve.


Calories: 462 kcal | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Protein: 17 g | Fat: 32 g | Saturated Fat: 17 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 82 mg | Sodium: 495 mg | Potassium: 262 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 999 IU | Vitamin C: 5 mg | Calcium: 384 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southern
Keyword: shrimp and grits, slow cooker recipes, southern grits