Mini Shrimp and Grits Appetizer Bites: These quick and easy shrimp and grits appetizer recipe will wow your party guests!
Thank you to Gorton’s Seafood for partnering with me to create a recipe for you. As always, all my opinions are my own.
12 years ago, I moved to the south.
It was then that it became abudantly clear to me that Shrimp and Grits were a way of life in the south.
At this point in my life, I had never had southern classics like Shrimp and Grits, Jambalya, or coleslaw on my barbeque pork.
My first experience with Shrimp and Grits came when my family and I were vacationing on Jekyll Island during their Shrimp and Grits festival. Clearly I had to try every sample that was given to me.
And a few things about Shrimp and Grits became clear to me on that day.
- Cheese is NOT optional in grits–at least not in my opinion.
- It is imperative to NOT overcook the shrimp–I had a few pieces that were way over cooked hence very rubbery.
- It is really hard to eat shrimp and grits while pushing a stroller and chasing after a toddler.
I decided to combine those 3 key things to create the BEST Shrimp and Grits Recipe I could.
Mini Shrimp and Grits Appetizer Bites
A perfectly cooked piece of garlic shrimp is placed upon creamy, cheesy grits all nestled on an appetizer serving spoon or in a baked phyllo cup.
Making this hand-held appetizer recipe perfect for eating while chasing toddlers, pushing stroller, or maybe more realistically socializing at a holiday party?
You will look like a rock star with these elegant Shrimp Party Bites at your next party.
By starting with Gorton’s Shrimp Scampi, you are able to ensure your shrimp have incredible flavor, as Gorton’s Shrimp is infused with garlic butter. Not to mention the shrimp cooks perfectly in a matter of minutes, making this holiday appetizer recipe one that any host can easily make!
To really WOW your holiday guests, serve Mini Shrimp and Grits Bites in Phyllo Cups, for a quick grab and go option or on appetizer spoons for a gluten-free option for your guests.
Tips on Easy Shrimp and Grits Appetizer
- Do not skimp on the butter or cheese in your grits–afterall, this is a holiday appetizer and without that added flavor, the grits can be quite bland.
- These bites are best assembled right before serving.
- If you must make in advance, make the grits and then rewarm with a bit more milk or stock to loosen up. Reheat the shrimp by placing on a single layer in a microwave safe bowl and splashing with a bit of water and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high in microwave.
- To keep this Gluten-Free, be sure to use gluten-free certified grits and gluten-free chicken stock.
- Feel free to use your favorite grits recipe in place of recipe I give you for cheesy grits. Am
Easy Mini Shrimp and Grits Appetizer Bites
Cheesy grits serve as the base for garlic-butter infused shrimp, creating the pefect mini appetizer.
- 2 cups chicken stock or seafood stock
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/3 cup quick cooking grits
- 1/2 cup milk or half and half
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 package Gorton's Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi
- 16 mini phyllo cups optional
If using phyllo cups, bake according to package directions.
Bring stock, salt, garlic and paprika to a boil. Once broiling, whisk in the grits. Cook for 3-4 minutes and whisk in the milk, butter, and cheese and cook for additional minute or until cheese is melted. Remove from heat
Arrange shrimp in a single layer in skillet. Cook over medium heat for 6-10 minutes, stirring frequently or until shrimp begin to curl up and reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Place 1 tablespoon grits in each phyllo cup or appetizer spoon and top with one shrimp. Serve.