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healthy recipe: garlic shrimp and grits

Lately I have honed in on recipes which read gluten free and it’s not because I was medically diagnosed with any stomach related issues, it’s just I find the meals lighter  on the stomach and easily digestable. And, since I am always looking for ways to eat healthy, here is a recipe that I am actually happy to try out this week.


    • 3/4 cup instant grits
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
    • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus wedges for serving
    • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, covered. Uncover and slowly whisk in the grits, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parmesan and 1 tablespoon butter. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, garlic and cayenne, if using, and cook, tossing, until the shrimp are pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons water, the lemon juice and parsley; stir to coat the shrimp with the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Divide the grits among shallow bowls and top with the shrimp and sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

Serves: 4
Calories: 367
Total Fat: 12 grams
Saturated Fat: 7 grams
Protein: 34 grams
Total carbohydrates: 26 grams
Sugar: 0 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 309 milligrams
Sodium: 904 milligrams

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

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