Grace’s (Experimental) Shrimp And Grits

Serves 4-6


The first time I heard about shrimp and grits I thought: “Eew.”  Then one day in a restaurant with a friend, I ordered it.  It was delicious.  Since then I have experimented with the dish different ways.  Here’s one I threw together a few days ago from pantry items when I had a craving.  Try it and let us know what you think!


2# Shrimp, raw, peeled
Grits for 4 hefty servings
1.5 cups Turkey or Chicken Broth
1 large Onion, rough chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
¼ cup Green Pepper, chopped
1 stalk Celery, chopped (or a few dashes of Celery Seed)
¼ cup Olive Oil
1.5 cup Progresso Hearty Tomato Soup (or Progresso Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup)
6 oz Picante Salsa (hot salsa in a jar)
Black Pepper
Greek Seasoning (if you have it on hand)
Salt to taste


Peel Shrimp and set aside.
Cook Grits part-way and set aside.

In a deep cast iron pan, add:

Green Pepper
Olive oil

Cook on medium 2 minutes, allowing mixture to get hot, not boiling.

Add shrimp to pot.
Cook about 3 minutes, stirring.


Tomato Soup
Picante Salsa
Sprinkle Black Pepper
Sprinkle a little Greek Seasoning

Stir, cook on medium 2 minutes, allowing mixture to get hot, not boiling.  Stir again.
Add grits, stirring in well.
Cover, simmer 5 min.  Check mixture.  Add a little water if grits look dry.
Cook until grits taste done.

Salt to taste.


Another great recipe by Grace Hallenbeck can be found here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!