Charlie McKenna's Shrimp & Grits Recipe

Charlie McKenna's Shrimp & Grits Recipe

For the Grits:

  • 1 cup Carolina Plantation Stone-Ground Grits (White)
  • 2 Cups Half & Half
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 oz Butter (Cold)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

For the Shrimp:

  • 20 EA U-15 Shrimp (Peeled and deveined)
  • Lillie’s Sauce
  • ½ Cup Butter (cold cut into cubes)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Chile Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 ea Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 tsp Parsley Minced
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Hot Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


  1. In a 2-qt. saucepan, bring 4 cups liquid to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and whisk in grits.
  2. Cook, whisking frequently, until grits are tender and creamy, 45+ minutes.
  3. Might need to add water throughout the cooking process to keep the consistency what you want.
  4. Add the butter stir until melted throughout.
  5. Cover and hold until ready to plate.

Recipe for the Shrimp

  1. Sweat minced garlic in the olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add all other ingredients except butter and simmer for ten minutes.
  3. Pull off the heat and mount in butter cube by cube, let cool to room temp.

Shrimp & Grits Recipe

  1. Use part of the sauce to marinate the shrimp for 2 hours.
  2. Sauté the shrimp in the rest of the sauce.
  3. Plate grits first then add 5 shrimp in the middle of the grits.
  4. Use excess sauce to drizzle as the sauce on the each dish.
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley and diced pimientos.
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