Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits

Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits with golden spoon in hand

These Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits are loaded with flavor! Cheesy and creamy grits topped with juicy, caramelized shrimp and loaded with delicious brown butter sauce! The perfect healthy comfort food!

I have to be honest with you. Anytime I think of shrimp, my mind immediately goes back to Forrest Gump where Bubba is naming allll the different types of shrimp dishes there are in the world. If you’ve never seen that movie, I highly suggest you do, but especially THIS scene! (Note, it does have language!) It’s hilarious and really opens your eyes to how many types of cuisines you can make with just ONE ingredient. Who knew shrimp could be so versatile? Bubba knew, that’s who.

This dish is wonderful. From the Brown Butter shrimp – so juicy, perfectly cooked and seasoned; to the thick and deliciously cheesy yellow grits. I love the combination of textures in this dish. The creamy layer of grits to the juicy pop in your mouth shrimp. SO good. Let’s not forget the last little bit of flavor when you drizzle brown butter over the ENTIRE BOWL OF SHRIMP AND GRITS. Oh yes, I went there.

It’s no secret that I love…LOVE butter. I think mostly any dish can be enhanced with a dab of salted butter. It gives it that extra fat and flavor and salt. I knew for this particular dish, I wanted to brown the butter. How do you do that, exactly? Let me tell you!

How to Brown Butter:

You need a really good frying pan to do this. I used my favorite Made In frying pan! I love all of their products – but this frying pan really allowed me to get that delicious nutty brown butter I was hoping for – not to mention, it produced wonderful caramelization on the shrimp! Oh yes.

So, in your large frying pan, add ½ stick (or more!) of butter into the pan when it’s HOT. On low-medium heat, I let the butter melt down and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the color has literally changed to brown. You want to keep an eye on the pan for the entire time though – because the second you move on to something else, it could burn! Trust me, I know from experience. I’m not sure there is anything sadder in the culinary world than unusable, burnt butter.

browned butter in Made In frying pan

The brown butter has a deep, rich flavor over the normal melted butter. It’s nutty and delicious and is the perfect compliment to the juicy shrimp.

Cooking the Shrimp:

Cooking shrimp is SO super easy. Of course, depending on what type of shrimp you buy – whether it’s raw or pre-cooked etc., will depend on how you cook it.

For this recipe, I used raw shrimp. I had to peel and devein them and everything. *shudders*. I patted them dry afterward and set them aside while I browned the butter. 

cooked shrimp in brown butter in frying pan

If you did buy them pre-cooked and frozen, feel free to just follow the directions on the package. For me, after you have browned the butter fully, go ahead and place your shrimp directly into the pan. Season with salt and pepper and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes – they DON’T take long to cook. Once they’re pink and opaque, they’re done.

Cooking Cheese Grits:

Cook grits according to package instructions. You can do the instant packs of grits to make life easier but I cooked mine on the stove-top. I’ll place the measurements down below in the recipe card – but I cooked the grits until thick and creamy. Feel free to sub milk for extra creaminess. Add butter, lots of salt and pepper and cheese of choice at the end and stir until fully incorporated and delicious.

close up of Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits with golden spoon

Assembling Brown Butter Shrimp and Cheese Grits Bowls:

I think you probably know what to do here but just in case you need help..scoop a large helping of grits into the bowl. Top with the cooked shrimp and several tablespoons of browned butter. I also garnished mine with red pepper flakes and additional salt and pepper. SO GOOD.

spoonful of Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits

This meal really has healthy comfort food written all over it. The perfect, super easy under 30 minute meal for the weekdays when you’re feeling stressed. Hope y’all enjoy it!

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5 from 4 votes

Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits

These Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits are loaded with flavor! Cheesy and creamy grits topped with juicy, caramelized shrimp and loaded with delicious brown butter sauce! The perfect healthy comfort food!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter shrimp and cheese grits, cheese grits, shrimp and grits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


  • 1/2 lb. raw shrimp (or you can used pre-cooked and frozen - if so, follow the instructions on the package for cooking. (1/2 lb is about 10-12 shrimp, feel free to use more or less for two people)
  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • red pepper flakes for garnish

Cheese Grits

  • 1/2 cup ground yellow grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used colby jack)
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cooking Cheese Grits

  1. Begin by cooking your grits. In a large pot, allow 2 cups of water to come to a rolling boil. Add in 1/2 cup of ground yellow grits and lower the heat to simmer. Cook on low heat, covered, for 15 minutes or until thick and creamy. Once done, add in the 2 tbsp of salted butter, 1/2 cup of cheese (I used colby jack) and salt and pepper to taste. 

Cooking Shrimp

  1. If you're using raw shrimp, peel and devein them. Pat them dry and set them aside. Next, using a large fry pan, melt your butter on low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until it begins to slightly change color. Once that happens, add in your shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they are pink and opaque. DON'T THROW AWAY THE BROWN BUTTER BITS IN THE PAN! 

Assembling Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls with Cheese Grits

  1. Add a large helping of cheese grits into a bowl, followed by 5-6 shrimp. Garnish with red pepper flakes and 2-3 tablespoons of the remaining brown butter in the pan! Eat while hot! Enjoy!! 

7 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Ha! Now you have me thinking of Forest Gump 😉 There is nothing better than brown butter…and that smell? Heavenly! I totally wish I could grab that bowl from my screen. Looks amazing Haylie!!

    1. Lol! I love that movie! One of my favorites!! Although it makes me cry everytime…and yes! Nothing better than brown butter. Or butter in general! Thanks so much, Dawn!!

  2. 5 stars
    The brown butter adds so much flavor! My mother and I made this for our book club meeting, since our book this month was set in the marshlands of eastern North Carolina. All thumbs up from the Alamance Book Club!

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