Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Parmesan Grits: Bring 1/2 tsp. salt and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in cheese and pepper. Keep warm.

Step 2

Prepare Creamy Shrimp Sauce: Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and 1/8 tsp. salt. Cook in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove from skillet. Reduce heat to medium. Add oil; heat 30 seconds. Whisk in flour; cook 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in broth and next 5 ingredients; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in shrimp and spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach is slightly wilted. Serve immediately over grits.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis includes 1/2 cup grits and about 1/3 cup sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

Great recipe!

June 08, 2017
I made this using shrimp stock instead of water and chicken broth.  Just bought shrimp with the heads on and used the heads and peels to make stock.  It was outstanding! My fiance was so impressed by this dinner. Thanks for a great recipe! :)

justjudy48's Review

September 25, 2011
Took my brand new SL October issue to my Mom's over the weekend. When I saw the recipe and that is was a lighter healthy version - we decided to make this dish. It was absolutely fabulous and very easy to make. My brother happened to be visiting also and said this recipe is definitely a keeper.


October 22, 2011

Onecentinvegas's Review

January 14, 2012
YUMMY! I thought it should be 5 star, but my husband voted for 4 star. Neither of us have any experience with grits, so I probably didn't cook it right; they were kinda runny, but tasted delicious. The shrimp, though, was killer! This was easy, fast and very good. Served with a simple salad. Good meal!

PaGiPri's Review

January 02, 2012
This tasted like something out of a high class restaurant!!!! Loved it!!!

JDinOregon's Review

January 24, 2012
This was the most amazing dish! My family is made up of a lot of great cooks... REALLY GREAT cooks... and this one made everyone's 5 Star status! If you're looking for a beautiful and delicious dish that is sure to please the most discriminating guests, look no further. I sound like a paid reviewer and this is the first time I've written a review... I just couldn't let this one go without notice. It was wonderful!

bgseay's Review

June 26, 2014

naugfly's Review

August 23, 2012
Very good, and only took 35 minutes start to finish (which included shelling the shrimp). I will definitely add this to our weeknight rotation. Have to admit, though... I added some extra parmesan cheese and about a 1/4 cup of my kids' whole milk to make the grits creamier. And a couple dashes of hot sauce. So a little extra fat... but not too much. Still very healthy!

GSDrescueMom's Review

October 10, 2011
Made this recipe this rainy weekend. Perfect! My husband really enjoyed it. Will be great for company.

WeezyBones's Review

October 19, 2011
Wonderful recipe! Made it last night and the whole family raved about it and there were no leftovers. I added some grated lemon zest and the sauce was very buttery and lemony. Delicious!!