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Shrimp n' Grits

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 10 mins | Total: 20 mins | Servings:8


Shrimp n' Grits
Shrimp n' Grits
Shrimp n' Grits
Update: On 4/15/2013, I learned that the hominy labels had been very inaccurate, due to a 60 year old test report. I've left the following notes and recipes intact, but the nutrition has changed. I no longer consider this to be a very low carb recipe, even though it works and is definitely delicious. Read more here ... >

This oft served breakfast dish was one of low-carb's "forbidden fruits" in my mind. It's one of the most luxurious and comforting foods I know of, and I'd long assumed it was out of my life, more-or-less, forever. Grits, being corn, and corn being evil, I seemed destined to live a grits-free life. I've been sad. Alas, that is not true! Read on!

I've lived all over the United States. I've driven across the country several times. I've driven up and down the west coast. I've visited both Alaska and Hawaii. I've driven from Maine, down to Washington DC and back. I feel as if I've got the US pretty well covered ... except ... the South East! I've never been to New Orleans. I've never been to Tennessee, or the Carolinas, which is where this particular recipe originates from. Also known as the "Low Country", this South Carolina/Georgia coastline dish. The food in the region is SIMILAR to Cajun and Creole, but with its own regional variations.

How do I know? Thank you, Wikipedia!

Note: This recipe assumes you've already got 4 cups of LC Grits, sitting warm by the stove. The rest of the recipe is focused on the shrimp!

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 tsp (2g)  chili flakes6.
4 each (12g)  garlic cloves, minced0000000
2 lb (908g)  shrimp (16/20), peeled and deveined962.4818.16181.69.08.5608.52
1/2 cup (112g)  fresh whole butter, cut into about 24 cubes and divided8008800000
1/2 cup (56.8g)  real bacon bits20012240000
1 medium (110g)  red onion, diced440110208
2 small (148g)  red bell peppers, seeded and diced45.8801.488.882.9605.92
1/2 cup (130g)  "mexican style" hominy (Buy Now) 9412193016
2 tbsp (30.5g)  lemon juice, freshly squeezed7.630.132.63.1302.5
1/2 cup (32g)  parsley, chopped5.8801.041.04.5200.52
4 cups (940g)  low-carb grits, warm (recipe)1808.2516056.2548.7524024.75
salt and pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 8 Servings):3974.4279.5g267.74g100.48g33.85g0g66.63g
Per Serving:496.834.94g33.47g12.56g4.23g0g8.33g *


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine your chili flakes, garlic and shrimp. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Heat up a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of your butter and swirl it around the pan. Before it burns, add your bacon, bell peppers and onions, with a little bit of salt and pepper. Allow these ingredients to "fry" in the butter. Stir occasionally.
  4. After about 5 minutes, add your shrimp to the pan. Continue stirring until the shrimp begin turning nice and pink; about 2 minutes.
  5. Add your hominy and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes.
  6. When the shrimp is consistently pink and properly cooked (still just a little bit translucent and soft, not overcooked and rubbery), add your lemon juice, parsley and the rest of your butter. Turn the heat off the stove and stir the butter into the shrimp, until it's melted.
  7. Put 1/2 cup of warm grits onto 8 plates. Top with equal portions of shrimp!
  8. Serve!

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Terry, I would LOVE to! It's on my list of things to do in life. I just need to find a month and prepare myself for it. I'd also suffer for 6 months afterwards from all the delicious foods, but ... I strongly suspect it would be worth it! I COULDN'T BE MORE THRILLED with the progress Dr. Wolver and her group is making! CONGRATULATIONS on all fronts!!!

 DJ  12/28/2013


You need t come south. More importantly you need to go to the low country. Read Pat Conroy, think Charleston ,Fripp Island when you decide to come this way I will have Dr Wolver tour with you it will be great fun!! Also in her weight loss group we had our first person come off of all insulin!! Large doses of NPH twice a day and 3 shots of fast acting during the day, to begin with. For the first time in 20 years I am within my BMI range AND I look great in jeans

 Terry W  12/28/2013


Whenever I write a recipe, I have only a ballpark understanding of the nutrition in mind. Because I've been at this for a while, I know more or less what I'm going to get when I'm done. This recipe, however, really shocked me. I was expecting it to be somewhere between 10 to 12 net carbs per serving. It was only 7! I was really shocked! I'm going to need to eat this more often! :) If you make it, please let me know how it turns out!

 DJ  3/20/2013


There is a restaurant here in town that serves shrimp and grits and it's heavenly! So happy to see a lc version!

 Kim  3/20/2013