Camp Shrimp and Grits

Looking down into a white camping bowl with shrimp and grits on a wooden cutting board.

A relatively simple dish to make, shrimp and grits is a perfect meal for camping. It is easily made in a skillet over the fire. Creamy and cheesy grits are the perfect compliment to quickly sauteed garlic shrimp.

This is traditionally a Southern American dish popular in the Low-country coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. More recently it is affiliated with Louisiana. Although initially a breakfast dish, it is now seen more as a lunch or light dinner.

Grits vary widely across America. This version uses cheese as a flavoring. When selecting the cheese think of one that has a good flavor and will melt well into the grits. If it is too potent it can overpower the relatively mild flavored shrimp.

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Looking into a white camping bowl of shrimp resting on cheesy grits.
This easy meal of shrimp and grits is satisfying and easy to prepare.
Looking down into a white camping bowl of cheesy grits and garlic shrimp on a wood cutting board.
Traditionally served as a breakfast dish, shrimp and grits makes a great lunch and dinner option, too.
Looking down into a white camping bowl with shrimp and grits on a wooden cutting board.
Creamy and cheesy grits serve as the base for quickly cooked garlic and butter shrimp.

Camp Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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Looking down into a white camping bowl with shrimp and grits on a wooden cutting board.
A relatively simple dish to make, shrimp and grits is a perfect meal for camping easily made in a skillet over the fire.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSimmer

Ingredients

Cheesy Grits

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup grits
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Garlic Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • finely chopped parsley to garnish

Equipment

  • pot
  • skillet

Directions

Cheesy Grits

  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the grits, salt, and pepper. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the water is absorbed, stirring often, for about 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the cheese and butter until melted and smooth. Put aside until needed.

Garlic Shrimp

  • Peel, de-vein, and rinse the shrimp (optionally you can leave the tail on).
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until they change color. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • When the shrimp change color completely and are cooked remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.

To Serve

  • Divide the grits between shallow bowls. Make an indent in the center to place the garlic shrimp.
  • Spoon the shrimp and butter sauce over the grits. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 769mgCalcium: 498mgVitamin C: 8mgVitamin A: 1090IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 437mgCholesterol: 280mgCalories: 600kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 21gFat: 34gProtein: 41gCarbohydrates: 34gIron: 1mg

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