shrimp and grits

Chef Les’ Garlic Shrimp and Grits: Great Sea and Stalk Combo

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Les Kincaid

Garlic Shrimp & Grits

shrimp and grits

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup instant grits

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons sweet butter

1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined, 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

 

DIRECTIONS:

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.

Chef, Wineau and professional bon vivant Les Kincaid is one of today’s most imaginative food personalities. Whether he is lecturing a visiting convention in Las Vegas, or concocting new recipes in his own kitchen, Kincaid transforms common ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes.  His artful approach to cooking, confidence-inspiring instructions, and contagious enthusiasm have endeared him to a loyal following that tune in to his weekly shows, frequent his wine or cooking classes and appearances, and collect his books.