Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

By Stacie Morgan, November 5, 2015, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Get ready to reduce your energy usage while making one of the tastiest bowls of shrimp and grits you have ever tasted. November has arrived, and Bounce Energy is here with an easy, low-energy-use twist on a classic southern comfort food to keep you warm as the weather cools down.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Now you can prepare classic Southern comfort food in barely 10 minutes and with limited energy usage. You’re welcome!

This recipe for Cajun seasoned garlic shrimp quickly sautéed in butter served over creamy, cheesy grits takes less than 10 minutes to make, and it’s so flavorful you’d never know the grits weren’t prepared from scratch.

Instant grits are so easy to make, as they only take a minute or two in the microwave. With the milk, cheese, and seasoning combination I’ve developed, they will still hit the spot. While the recipe calls for ¼ cup of mild cheddar cheese, I often use a couple different cheeses to change the flavor. Try any of your favorite types of shredded cheese, as they will all work perfectly in this recipe – I recommend Monterrey jack and sharp cheddar.

If you are looking to make this recipe even more energy efficient, microwave your grits in the same bowl you’ll use for serving. This takes away one more dish to wash, makes for an easier and faster prep time, and is a great option since the grits cook so fast!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Let’s skip the lame Forrest Gump jokes and just appreciate a plate of well-seasoned shrimp.

Shrimp and seafood in general is always a great protein choice for low kilowatt usage recipes because the cooking times are quick. I usually look for size 21/25 shrimp for this recipe – “Size 21/25” means there are anywhere in between 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Once you apply the creole seasoning, the shrimp will cook in about 6 to 7 minutes, with the delicious garlic rub caramelizing in butter. I add a little Worcestershire sauce and squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the shrimp at the end to balance the Creole seasoning and garlic flavors.

Let’s get cooking!

Cajun Shrimp and Grits Made Easy

Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. shrimp, de-veined
  • ½ tbsp. Pressed garlic
  • ½ tsp. Creole Cajun seasoning (I prefer Tony’s)
  • ½ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Lemon
  • Green onion slices (for garnish)

Directions (Makes 4 servings):

1) Prep ingredients as directed above.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp, garlic, & creole seasoning. What could go wrong?

2) Leave shells on shrimp for extra flavor. Add fresh shrimp to a mixing bowl and season with the creole Cajun seasoning, onion powder, dried parsley, and pressed garlic. Rub all together to coat all the shrimp.

3) Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add seasoned shrimp to the hot pan. Do not move shrimp until time to flip.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Seriously – once you learn how to de-vein shrimp on your own, cooking it properly won’t seem so difficult.

4) Cook shrimp on first side 2 to 3 minutes. The side of the shrimp touching the pan will begin to become pink and white and less translucent. The garlic will begin to caramelize in the butter. Turn the shrimp over and cook on the second side 2 to 3 minutes until opaque and fully cooked.

5) Finish by pouring 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and squeezing ½ lemon’s juice over shrimp. Turn off the oven and remove shrimp from the pan to prevent overcooking.

6) Serve over cheesy grits (recipe below). Garnish with green onion slices.

Grits

Ingredients:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Dear Southern Cooks Everywhere: Please don’t hate us for recommending the use of instant grits in this recipe. We’re trying to provide a low-energy-use version of a classic dish, not start a flame war in the comments.

 

  • 2 Packs original instant grits (no added flavor)
  • ½ tsp. Creole Cajun seasoning
  • ½ c. Whole milk
  • ¼ c. Water
  • 3 tbsp. Half and half
  • 1 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. Mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions (Makes 2 servings):

1) Empty two packets of original instant grits into a microwave safe bowl.

2) Add creole Cajun seasoning to dry grits and mix together.

3) Mix the milk and water with the dry, seasoned grits. Place the 1 ounce of cream cheese in the middle of the bowl.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Seasoning the grits BEFORE you cook them is the secret to packing a punch of flavor throughout each bite.

4) Microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and mix cream cheese together with the grits around it. Add the 3 tablespoons of half and half and mix again.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

And besides, cheese helps most any dish.

5) Top the grits with the shredded cheese at this point and microwave for 45 more seconds.

6) Remove bowl from microwave, mix together, and taste to make sure grits are cooked through. Serve with shrimp from above recipe.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Easy Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Look at all that tasty food!

I hope you enjoy this week’s recipe of easy Cajun shrimp and grits for an out-of-this-world comfort food creation!

I will see you next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts recipe to help reduce your energy use.

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Comments (1)

 

  1. Carolyn Bagley says:

    This a great way to save electric and have a wonderful dinner. I have been a customer of Bounce Energy for 8 months, I am very happy with my service, Bounce Energy cares about their Customers. They find ways to keep my electric down and really cares about me.