Paprika Shrimp & Cheddar Grits with Tomato & Sweet Corn

Paprika Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

with Tomato & Sweet Corn

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This recipe celebrates a coastal Southern favorite: shrimp and grits. We’re finishing our shrimp, seasoned with smoky-sweet paprika, in a fresh tomato, lemon and butter sauce. And we’re cooking our grits (simply dried and ground corn) with juicy kernels straight off the cob—before melting sharp cheddar into the pot. (For just the right consistency, be sure to whisk your grits every so often, transforming them into a deliciously smooth porridge.)

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    810 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:

1 Prepare the ingredients:


Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Grate the cheese. Using a peeler, remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the root end of the scallion; thinly slice, separating the white bottom and green top. Core and small dice the tomato. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place in a medium bowl. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and the smoked paprika; toss to coat.

Make the cheddar grits:

2 Make the cheddar grits:


In a medium pot, combine 3 cups of water and a big pinch of salt. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, slowly add the grits and corn, whisking to break up any clumps. Reduce the heat to low. Cook, whisking occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the grits have thickened. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, lemon zest and half the butter. Whisk to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside in a warm place.

Cook the shrimp:

3 Cook the shrimp:


While the grits cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp; season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the aromatics:
4 Cook the aromatics:

While the grits continue to cook, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic and white bottom of the scallion; season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.

Finish the shrimp:

5 Finish the shrimp:


Add the tomato to the pan; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cooked shrimp, remaining butter and the juice of all 4 lemon wedges; cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and saucy. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your dish:

6 Plate your dish:


Divide the cheddar grits between 2 bowls. (If the grits seem stiff, gradually stir in up to 2 tablespoons of water to achieve your desired consistency.) Top with the finished shrimp. Garnish with the green top of the scallion. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:


Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Grate the cheese. Using a peeler, remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the root end of the scallion; thinly slice, separating the white bottom and green top. Core and small dice the tomato. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place in a medium bowl. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and the smoked paprika; toss to coat.

2 Make the cheddar grits:


In a medium pot, combine 3 cups of water and a big pinch of salt. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, slowly add the grits and corn, whisking to break up any clumps. Reduce the heat to low. Cook, whisking occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the grits have thickened. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, lemon zest and half the butter. Whisk to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside in a warm place.

Cook the shrimp:

3 Cook the shrimp:


While the grits cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp; season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the aromatics:

While the grits continue to cook, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic and white bottom of the scallion; season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.

Cook the aromatics:
Finish the shrimp:

5 Finish the shrimp:


Add the tomato to the pan; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cooked shrimp, remaining butter and the juice of all 4 lemon wedges; cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and saucy. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Plate your dish:


Divide the cheddar grits between 2 bowls. (If the grits seem stiff, gradually stir in up to 2 tablespoons of water to achieve your desired consistency.) Top with the finished shrimp. Garnish with the green top of the scallion. Enjoy!

Plate your dish:

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