Shrimp and grits made summer-perfect with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and lots of garlic and olive oil. Bonus – these grits are creamy and dairy-free thanks to a little almondmilk.
- 1/2 cup grits
- 2 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk
- 1/4 cup olive oil (divided)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (divided)
- 1 lb. raw shrimp
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup chicken broth
- a handful of fresh basil, cut into ribbons
- GRITS: In a medium saucepan, bring the almondmilk to a near-boil (it’s ready when it’s steaming). Add the grits and 1 teaspoon salt and whisk until smooth. Reduce heat and cover; let the grits cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent clumping or scorching. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil (more to taste) and season with more salt as needed.
- SHRIMP: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 clove of the garlic. Add the shrimp, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook for a few minutes on each side until pink. Remove from heat.
- TOMATO SAUCE: In the same skillet, add the tomatoes, garlic, remaining olive oil. When the tomatoes start breaking apart and letting off their juices, add the chicken broth and simmer for 10-15 minutes. The sauce should thicken as you simmer it and reduce the heat. Add the 1 teaspoon salt, shrimp, and basil. Stir to combine.
- SERVE: Divide the grits between four bowls and top with the shrimp/sauce. You can top with additional basil or Parmesan cheese.
If you want a higher grits to shrimp ratio, I’d make double the amount of grits. Just depends on what you want more of – the shrimp, or the grits.
The grits will firm up as they cool – you can re-soften them with a little extra water or milk and a good strong whisk.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: shrimp and grits, basil shrimp, garlic basil shrimp