What You Need to Make Great Shrimp & Grits
If you’re searching for some expert tips on how to cook the perfect shrimp and grits, you’ve come to the right place! The Fish Camp’s team of top southern chefs know a thing or two about this classic favorite. From choosing the perfect shellfish to stirring your grits just right, we’re here with your go-to guide on cooking this staple.
It’s All in the Ingredients
One of the best parts of living near the water is our constant access to fresh seafood. Shrimp is a year-round delicacy that works well in thousands of dishes. Lucky for us, Mayport shrimp is the crème de la crème in the shellfish world.
Along with fresh, locally sourced seafood, we recommend using homemade chicken broth and old-fashioned grits. A bit intimidated by the importance of high-quality ingredients? Don’t be. Chicken broth is simple to make (you can find a great recipe on Google) and makes all the difference in your final product.
Stir Your Grits like a True Southerner
The magic is all in the technique, ladies and gents. Cooking grits is simple, but an undeniably special process for southern households all over Jacksonville. Here’s our best advice for creating delicious grits every time:
In a large saucepan, bring two cups of chicken broth, ⅓ cup cubed butter, two cups milk and S&P to a boil. Slowly stir in ¾ cup grits with a wood spoon. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 12 minutes until thickened. Stir in one cup of cheddar cheese.
Stick to Tried-and-True Seasonings
This is one of those dishes where you don’t need to get fancy. Shrimp and grits recipes have been passed down for generations. Sometimes, the chef only had access to simple and inexpensive ingredients. Countless renditions have led us to a mixture of no-fail seasonings.
It all comes down to salt, pepper, fresh garlic and Cajun/blackened seasoning. Oh, and bacon grease! That’s it. We recommend you season the ingredients through every step of the cooking process. Stir some S&P into the grits, then cook the shrimp in the bacon grease with the garlic and Cajun/blackened seasoning.
Try Our Approach to this Dish at Palm Valley Fish Camp
If you want to taste the real deal, head over to Palm Valley Fish Camp for an unforgettable meal. You just can’t beat a delicious dinner right on the water. Start your seasonal meal with a fresh salad and a crisp glass of Chardonnay.
Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Book a reservation at Palm Valley Fish Camp today!