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Cheesy Shrimp and Grits Recipe with Leeks


Shrimp and grits are a Southern classic. There are tons of options when it comes to grits, but this recipe holds a cheesy, savory flavor that pairs great with sautéed shrimp. This easy recipe for shrimp and grits makes for a satisfying weeknight dinner for the whole family to enjoy. Try it out for a tasty spin on a traditional Southern comfort food.

The Best Shrimp for Cheesy Shrimp and Grits with Leeks

Our Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp caught off the coast of South America speak for themselves with their bold size and rich flavor. Many compare the taste of this shrimp to succulent lobster because of its sweet taste and texture. Flash-frozen the day of catch to preserve all the fresh flavor, these shrimp are lean and protein rich. An incredible upgrade to any shrimp recipe they come to you already peeled and deveined to help make your life easier!

How to Thaw Shrimp

To prepare shrimp for cooking, you must thaw first using one of two methods: refrigerator thawing or the cold-water method. To thaw in the refrigerator overnight, simply remove shrimp from the bag and place in a strainer with a plate underneath. Once thawed, rinse well and drain. For faster thawing, remove the shrimp from the bag and place in a large bowl of cold water for approximately 10-20 minutes or until thawed. Make sure to use shrimp within 24 hours of thawing.

How to Make Cheesy Shrimp and Grits with Leeks

For this recipe you are going to start preparing your cheesy grits first. Once the grits are started, sauté your shrimp. The shrimp are fully cooked when the meat is opaque with a firm texture. Divide grits among 4 bowls and top with shrimp and leeks. Then as they say, dinner (or breakfast) is served!

Cheesy Shrimp and Grits with Leeks

This easy take on shrimp and grits pairs shrimp with aromatic leeks for a satisfying weeknight dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp
Servings: 4 people


Cheesy Grits

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup white corn grits
  • 8 oz Gruyère cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

Shrimp and Leeks

  • 1 lb. Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 leeks thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley


Cheesy Grits

  • In saucepan, bring chicken broth to boil.
  • Stir in grits.
  • Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese, butter, salt and pepper.

Shrimp and Leeks

  • Meanwhile, melt butter and olive oil in skillet set over medium heat
  • Cook leeks, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in shrimp; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until just starting to turn pink.
  • Stir in lemon zest and juice.
  • Divide grits among 4 bowls. Top with shrimp and leeks. Sprinkle with parsley.
  • Tip: Substitute Emmental or aged Cheddar for Gruyère cheese if desired.

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Editor’s Note: This post was updated in November, 2021 for freshness and comprehensiveness.

Cheesy Shrimp and Grits Recipe with Leeks


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