Is there anything better than comfort food after a long day? Shrimp are a perfect comfort food that lend themselves well to several hearty, delicious meals. They create endless pairing possibilities, making this seafood favorite a wonderful addition to just about any comfort food menu. Biloxi Shrimp Co. provides wild-caught U.S. shrimp to anyone looking to enjoy fresh, locally sourced seafood. Here are some tasty shrimp recipes paired with other comfort food favorites.
Shrimp and Grits
Quite possibly known as the quintessential comfort food, grits are filling, cozy and simple. This recipe takes the Southern staple and adds delicious shrimp to put it over the top:
- 1 cup grits
- 1 lb. jumbo peeled & deveined tail-off wild-caught USA shrimp
- 6 slices of bacon
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 4 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 large clove garlic
- 4 cups water
- Salt and pepper
- Bring water to a boil and add salt and pepper.
- Add grits to the water and cook until the water is absorbed (about 20 to 25 minutes).
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and cheese.
- Rinse your shrimp and pat them dry. Fry your bacon in a large skillet until browned. Remove the bacon from the skillet, leaving the leftover grease. Cook your shrimp in the grease until they turn pink.
- Add the lemon juice, cooked bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic, and sauté the mix for about 3 minutes.
- Spoon the grits into a serving bowl, stir in the shrimp mixture and enjoy.
Shrimp Mac and Cheese
Another great comfort food pairing is macaroni and cheese with shrimp. It may seem rare to see a dish of seafood and cheese mix so well together, but this dish pulls it off perfectly:
- 1 lb. elbow noodles
- 1 lb. extra-small peeled and deveined tail-off wild-caught U.S. shrimp
- 5 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 large chopped onion
- 2 minced cloves of garlic
- 1 hot, green chile, minced
- 5 tbsp. flour
- 2 cups cream
- 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 4 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add elbow noodles until cooked. Drain pasta and then set aside. While doing so, rinse off shrimp and pat dry. Cook shrimp until pink and then set them aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Heat the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent (about 4 minutes). Add the chile, garlic and sauté the mix for another minute.
- Add the flour to the pan and mix it well. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until it starts to brown. Pour in the cream about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition so that it's fully incorporated.
- Do the same with all the cheeses, adding about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring it in after each addition. Add salt and black pepper to taste, then mix in the pasta and shrimp.
- Add everything to an oven-safe casserole dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs and parsley on top.
- Place the dish inside preheated oven and bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and then serve and enjoy.
Add Wild-Caught U.S. Shrimp to Your Favorite Comfort Food Dishes
Based in Biloxi, Mississippi, Biloxi Shrimp Co. delivers tasty Gulf shrimp to customers all over the country. Thanks to our wide selection, our customers can find the shrimp they need for any shrimp recipe.