Smoked Shrimp and Grit Cakes

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Smoked Shrimp and Grit Cakes
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 24, 2023

Enjoy the delightful combination of smoky shrimp and creamy grit cakes in this easy recipe. The shrimp are seasoned with a smoky spice rub and then cooked over indirect heat on a grill for a delicious smoky flavor. The grit cakes are made with stone-ground grits, butter, and cheese, and topped with the succulent smoked shrimp. This dish is perfect for a weekend brunch or a special dinner. Get ready to savor the amazing flavors!


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the olive oil until well coated.
  4. Sprinkle the shrimp with the spice rub and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers, leaving a little space between each shrimp.
  6. Place the skewers on the grill over indirect heat and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  7. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Gradually whisk in the grits and reduce the heat to low.
  8. Cook the grits, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until thickened and creamy.
  9. Stir in the butter and shredded cheddar cheese until melted and well combined.
  10. Remove the grits from the heat and let cool slightly.
  11. Divide the grits mixture into 12 equal portions and shape them into patties.
  12. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add a little olive oil.
  13. Cook the grit cakes in batches for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  14. Serve the smoked shrimp skewers on top of the grit cakes.
  15. Garnish with chopped green onions and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Stone-ground grits are made by grinding whole dried corn kernels between traditional millstones. They have a richer flavor and a coarser texture compared to instant or quick-cooking grits.
  • Shrimp are an excellent source of lean protein and are low in calories. They are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and essential minerals.
  • Grilling the shrimp over indirect heat allows them to cook gently and absorb the smoky flavor without getting dry or tough.