Green Chile Cheddar Shrimp and Grits

blackened shrimp and green chile puree on top of green chile cheddar grits in a white bowl.

Classic shrimp and grits gets a spicy southwest upgrade with this easy Green Chile Cheddar Shrimp and Grits! This healthier version of the southern comfort food favorite comes together in just over 30 minutes, making it great for a quick weeknight dinner. (gluten-free, nut-free)



For the Green Chile Sauce

For the Grits

For the Blackened Shrimp


  1. In a food processor, combine green chiles, cilantro, and lime juice. Pulse until cilantro and chiles are finely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Toss shrimp with blackening seasoning. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add broth, milk and salt to the pan. Bring to a gentle boil.
  5. Turn heat to low, whisk in grits, stirring continuously, until fully cooked, about 5 minutes.
  6. Immediately stir in cheddar cheese and green chile mixture. Turn off heat and cover to keep warm while shrimp is cooking.
  7. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once pan is hot, add shrimp in a single layer and cook until bottom sides have formed a light crust, 2-3 minutes. Flip shrimp and cook another 2-3 minutes, or until they are just opaque.
  8. Spoon grits into bowls. Top with shrimp and serve immediately.


Keywords: green chile cheddar grits, green chile shrimp and grits, healthy green chile grits

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