Keto Shrimp and Grits Recipe

What I love about the Keto diet is that cheese isn’t taken from me! Yes! And I can have heavy cream? Yes to ketosis! Now, to the worst part of keto for me. No potatoes. They are my favorite starch! Dang it! Oh well, God made cauliflower. They’re not grits. Only grits are grits. But, it’s a great substitute for a great meal. And mashed cauliflower can be purchased in the frozen food section adding to the ease of preparation!

Don’t be alarmed by the amount of sodium. When following the keto diet, you may need to increase your sodium intake. ALWAYS consult with your doctor before being keto or any other diet to ensure that you don’t put your health at risk. All bodies are different.

My Cookies know I love huge, fresh shrimp! I decided to leave the tail on, but feel free to take it off if you’d like. Just make sure you devein them! I like to season every element of my dish. So, sprinkle a little Cajun spices on and toss.

Now, let’s discuss this sauce. It’s heavenly! And completely keto approved! There’s bacon, heavy cream, cheese, and wine! Yes, you can have dry white wine on keto. All of these flavors combine will make you second guess that you’re following a “diet”.

We have to doctor up our “grits” a little bit. I add kerrygold butter, cheese, and Herbes de Provence. A bit of cream cheese can be added too. Salt and pepper to taste and you’ll have a satisfying, low carb, keto friendly meal!

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Keto Shrimp and Grits



  • 1 lb large raw shrimp
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning


  • 4 strips bacon diced
  • 1 TBS kerrygold butter
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Cajun seasoning to taste


  • 1-2 12 oz package(s) frozen mashed cauliflower
  • 1 TBS kerrygold butter
  • 1/3 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing



  1. Season the shrimp and set aside
  2. Fry the bacon in a pan
  3. When the bacon is done, remove it from the pan leaving the drippings in the pan
  4. Add in the butter
  5. When the butter melts, sauté the garlic in it for 30 seconds
  6. Add the shrimp into the pan
  7. Cook for 2 mins per side or until the shrimp is done


  1. Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock
  2. Add in the lemon juice
  3. Pour in the heavy whipping cream
  4. Add the Parmesan, onion powder, and Cajun seasoning to taste
  5. Allow the sauce to simmer on low for 5 minutes
  6. Sprinkle fresh parsley in and stir


  1. Cooked the mashed cauliflower in the microwave according to package instructions
  2. Pour it into a bowl and combine it with the butter, cheese, and Herbes de Provence.
  3. Taste and adjust salt as needed
  4. Enjoy

BBQ Shrimp over Grits

To my Cookies residing outside of The Boot state, please do not expect to see BBQ sauce in this recipe! BBQ Shrimp is a New Orleans original. I have no clue why it’s called BBQ shrimp. And, to be honest, I do NOT care! It’s sooo delicious! 

And, the sauce is super buttery! It’s meant to be sponged up by some crusty french bread. In fact, it makes an amazing po boy! But, still I was in the mood for grits…

FLAVORRRRR!!! This would be perfect for brunch. Go ahead and try it! Impress some folks! It’s too easy of a recipe not to try.

B. Coop

BBQ Shrimp over Grits
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  2. 1 stick of unsalted butter
  3. 1 diced onion
  4. 2 T minced garlic
  5. 4 T Worcestershire sauce
  6. juice from 1/2 a lemon
  7. 3 T bbq shrimp seasoning
  1. 3/4 Stone Ground Grits
  2. 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  3. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  4. 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  5. 1 T cajun seasoning
BBQ Shrimp Seasoning
  1. 1 T cayenne pepper
  2. 2 T smoke paprika
  3. 1 tsp lemon pepper
  4. 1 T onion powder
  5. 1 T garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 1 T dried thyme
  8. 1 T Accent seasoning
  9. 2 T salt
BBQ Shrimp
  1. Season shrimp with 2 T of the Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 of the bbq seasoning blend
  2. Set aside
  3. In a skillet, melt 1/2 a stick of butter
  4. Add onions and saute until translucent
  5. Add garlic and stir for 45 sec
  6. Pour in the remaining Worcestershire sauce and the lemon juice
  7. Sprinkle in the rest of the bbq seasoning blend
  8. Add in the shrimp
  9. Drop in the other half of the butter (make sure butter is cold)
  10. Cook until shrimp is pink and butter is melted
  11. Serve over grits.
  1. Pour stock into a heavy bottomed saucepan
  2. Add in seasoning
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Whisk in heavy cream and grits
  5. Lower heat, cover, and cook for 20-25 mins stirring occasionally.
  6. Add in Parmesan cheese
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  8. Enjoy!
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