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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 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • WW POINTS: To REDUCE your points down to 10, use fat free shredded cheddar cheese and turkey bacon. If you eliminate the milk and use water instead, total points will be 8.

Nutrition

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 | Net Carbs: 26 g

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