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This Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Cream Sauce is just the thing to spice things up for your dinner for two at home!  It’s the perfect amount of heat balanced with luscious, velvety, creamy, cheesy grits.  Can you tell I get so excited about eating this??!!  I am pretty sure your Valentine will get excited when you make this too!

a closeup of this shrimp and grits with andouille cream sauce recipe

My husband and I ate at a boutique hotel in St Augustine years ago, and had the most amazing Shrimp and Grits.  I don’t know why I didn’t beg the chef for the recipe, but I came home and worked on recreating it.   I couldn’t believe I waited so long to make this at home because it is so flavorful and easy to make.  Maybe it’s because it’s a bit of an indulgence with all its creamy goodness.  But, that makes this an ideal dish to celebrate a romantic dinner for two!

Let’s get started making the dish! We don’t want to keep your hot date waiting!

Bring, 2 ¾ cups water (or chicken broth), grits, and salt to a boil over medium high heat in a saucepan with lid. Stir in 1/3 cup cream, 2 tablespoons butter, and cheese, reduce to medium low to low and cover. Simmer, stirring grits occasionally, until grits are tender about 5 to 6 minutes.

creamy white grits cooking in a saucepan with a red whisk

Meanwhile, melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook for one minute.  Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon (as to keep drippings in pan) and transfer to a bowl.


juicy pink shrimp sautéing in a black cast iron skillet for this shrimp and grits with andouille cream sauce recipe

Add bacon, sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to skillet. Sauté until onion and pepper begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add wine. Boil for about 3 minutes or until reduced by half.

chopped andouille sausage and mirepoix sautéing in a black cast iron skillet

Add ¾ cup cream, parsley, thyme, cayenne pepper, and shrimp.  Simmer until shrimp are just opaque in center and sauce is thick enough to coat spoon, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired (I usually don’t need to add any).

the shrimp and andouille cream sauce for this shrimp and grits recipe

Now you are all ready to plate.  Spoon grits onto plate and top with Shrimp and Andouille Cream Sauce.  Sprinkle with some fresh parsley and you could add a little parmesan cheese too!  Now you are ready for that spicy dinner with your red hot valentine!

a closeup of this shrimp and grits with andouille cream sauce recipe on a white plate

a closeup of this shrimp and grits with andouille cream sauce recipe
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4.86 from 14 votes

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Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nikki Lee
Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Cream Sauce
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Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 ½ pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 slice thick cut hickory or Applewood smoked bacon, diced
  • 4 ounces andouille sausage, diced into small cubes
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • cup sweet onion
  • cup bell pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • ¾ cup plus 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • Cayenne pepper to taste, I use 1/4 teaspoon
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 ¾ cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups sharp cheddar

Instructions

  • Bring, 2 ¾ cups water (or chicken broth), grits, and salt to a boil over medium high heat in a saucepan with lid.
  • Stir in 1/3 cup cream, 2 tablespoons butter, and cheese, reduce to medium low to low and cover.
  • Simmer, stirring grits occasionally, until grits are tender about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add shrimp and cook for one minute.
  • Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon (as to keep drippings in pan) and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add bacon, sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to skillet. Sauté until onion and pepper begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add wine. Boil for about 3 minutes or until reduced by half.
  • Add ¾ cup cream, parsley, thyme, cayenne pepper, and shrimp. Simmer until shrimp are just opaque in center and sauce is thick enough to coat spoon, about 3 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired (I usually don’t need to add any).

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 784kcal (39%) Carbohydrates: 35g (12%) Protein: 44g (88%) Fat: 53g (82%) Saturated Fat: 28g (175%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 361mg (120%) Sodium: 2600mg (113%) Potassium: 463mg (13%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 1811IU (36%) Vitamin C: 7mg (8%) Calcium: 437mg (44%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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26 Comments

  1. I love a good shrimp and grits recipe and this one looks like it really delivers! Oh that cream sauce is making my mouth water! This MUST go on our menu soon! Maybe for Mardi Gras! it would be perfect!!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh, my goodness! That creamy sauce with shrimp. It’s perfection served over those grits but I could just eat them with a spoon straight from the pan, Nikki!

  3. Yummm Shrimp and grits is one of those combos I wouldn’t try for a long time and then LOVED upon first bite. What a great idea for a Valentine’s Day dinner at home! Thanks for sharing, Nikki!

  4. Tokyo, Japan is my hometown yet I’ve always had a fascination with all things Southern. Thank you for the how-to on proper shrimp and grits =)

    1. I’m glad you share in my love for all things Southern! Thank you for stopping by Ninja Baker! I look forward to following along with you!

    1. I don’t know why it took me so long to make this one at home! Let me know how it goes! It really is easy and so delicious!