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Dan-O’s Cheesy and Spicy Shrimp & Grits

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Dan-O's Cheesy and Spicy Shrimp and Grits


Dan-O’s Spicy and Cheesy Shrimp & Grits

We’re servin’ up some fresh Southern Cusine today with this Shrimp and Grits recipe that’s sure to capture your imagination and tastebuds. Traditionally, Shrimp and Grits was a breakfast item but this is a Dan-Good meal for any time of the day!

Now throw your hands in the air, and wave ‘em like you just don’t care, and if you like shrimp and grits, and all the Dan-O’s stuff, everybody let me hear you say “O-Yea-Yer”

Now Shrimp and Grits is a classic Southern dish and really embodies the history of America. Originally, Shrimp and Grits was an African dish of ground maize, and shellfish. Shrimp and Grits came with the Enslaved Africans across the transatlantic slave route into the American South. The Africans were quick to adjust to American Maize, which while different still offered the same grain they were accustomed to. The dish was traditionally served as a breakfast item and defused from the enslaved Africans to fisherman of the Lowcountry who needed a simple one-pot ration to make when out fishing. 

It was never really a restaurant staple, at least not at that time. The recipe first appeared in syndicated writing in 1891 in the Louisiana Review but wouldn’t be featured in a cookbook till the Charleston cookbook, Two hundred Years of Charleston cooking by Blanche S. Rhett in 1930. The recipe known as “Shrimps and hominy” at the time was credited to Rhett’s African-American butler, William Deas. Deas was around 78 at the time and claimed to have eaten the dish for breakfast every morning for as long as he can remember. 

Over the years, Shrimp & Grits became more and more popular, capturing the imaginations of home cooks and chefs alike, and evolved into the dish we know today.

Shrimp and Grits Ingredients


Instant Grits – The only difference between regular grits and instant is the grain size. Instant are ground fine so they cook faster, while regular offer a medium grind and take a little longer. You could swap them around if need be, just keep in mind the cook time.

Dan-O’s Chipotle – Dan-O’s Hot Chipotle offers a bit of southwestern heat while still packing some Dan-good flavor. If you want a more mild heat, you can try Dan-O’s Spicy.

Cheddar Cheese – Cheddar is classic, and sharp but you can really experiment with the different cheeses. Try Gouda or Gruyere to switch it up.

The Benefits of Eating Shrimp and Grits

Some of the nice parts of this dish are that Shrimp is very high in protein, with nutrients including Vitamin B12, Copper, and Iodine. 

What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits?

You could served these up with a side of Cheesy Ham and Hashbrown Casserole, or with Air fried Green Beans. You could also try Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries! You can explore all our recipes and see what works best for you.

@danosafterdark First time doing shrimp and grits together 🥵 #ASMR #danosseasoning ♬ original sound - Dan-O’s After Dark



  • 2 lbs Shrimp
  • 3 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 6 Oz Instant Grits
  • Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup Unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • Dan-O’s Hot Chipotle 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

30 Mins

  1. Coat the Shrimp in black pepper and salt to taste, and Dan-O’s Hot Chipotle Seasoning. 
  2. Pour the milk and hot sauce (to taste) into a medium/large saucepan.
  3. Heat the milk mixture over medium-high heat, watching carefully. Just as it begins to boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Stir in the grits, butter, salt, and pepper. Stir until butter melts and then add in the cheese, stirring constantly as it melts.
  5. Once grits are the desired consistency (I usually stir for about 2-3 minutes), remove from the heat and place into the serving dish
  6. Mix in Shrimp and sprinkle with chopped parsley and bacon crumbles.
  7. Enjoy!
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