Cajun Shrimp and Grits

This cajun shrimp and grits recipe is so delicious and easy to make! The cajun shrimp, grits, and refreshing coleslaw compliment each other perfectly. It makes a great weeknight dinner or meal prep for lunch!

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutes
Fat 14 Carbs 47 Protein 30
Yield 4 1x


Cajun Shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimp, raw, deveined, and shucked
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil


  • 4 cups organic chicken broth, or any kind of broth
  • 1 1/4 cups whole grain cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1 (10-ounce) bag slaw of choice, OR 1/2 purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium limes, juiced


  1. For the shrimp, place all ingredients (except for avocado oil) into a mixing bowl. Mix well and place into the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare the slaw by placing slaw of choice, cilantro, and purple onion into a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make dressing by whisking together honey, apple cider vinegar, and lime juice. Pour dressing over slaw and mix. Place in the refrigerator.
  4. Next, prepare the polenta by bringing broth to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add whole grain cornmeal and reduce to simmer. Cook polenta for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove polenta from heat and add Greek yogurt and Parmesan. Mix well, cover with tin foil, and set aside.
  6. Finally, prepare shrimp by heating avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. When avocado oil is fragrant, add shrimp and excess spices into the pan. Cook shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side*. Remove from heat.
  8. Evenly distribute the polenta, shrimp, and slaw into six bowls or containers. Enjoy!

Tips & Notes

  • Shrimp cooks quickly. Be cognizant of how hot your pan is and how quickly shrimp may cook. Cook time varies by stove top.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 446 Sugar: 14 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 47 Fiber: 9 Protein: 30
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: DinnerMethod: Stove-TopCuisine: Cajun

Keywords: cajun shrimp