Creole Shrimp & Cheddar Basil Grits Cakes #SundaySupper

by The ROXX Box on September 22, 2013

in #SundaySupper, Dinner ideas, Seafood

Back in July 2013, I spent a week in Washington, DC for my sororities national convention. While there, I visited a restaurant called Busboys & Poets. The menu had a vast variety of items to choose from, but my eyes caught hold of their shrimp & grits, and I couldn’t bring myself to order anything else. Growing up in Houston, I was exposed to a lot of creole/cajun food, and developed a love for that cuisine. So no wonder my eyes were drawn to the description of this dish. The menu read: Shrimp & Grits with a cajun cream sauce; served with asparagus, roasted corn, tomatoes and a basil grits cake. Having no clue what a grits cake was, I was all the more intrigued about trying it out.

Creole Shrimp & Cheddar Basil Grits Cakes

When the waitress delivered my dish, the smell alone was enough to send me over the edge. It smelt amazing. Then I bite into the grits cake, and it felt as though my palate was doing a dance. I seriously did not want this meal to end. I found myself savoring every bite. Determined to recreate this dish, I started experimenting with different ingredients. After several failed attempts, I was FINALLY able to create a dish, close enough to what I experienced at Busboys & Poets.

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Creole Shrimp

Can’t express to you how happy making this dish made me feel. And to showcase my dish, I decided to join today’s #SundaySupper where we will be featuring Fall Foods. I can’t think of a better dish to share, and I am happy to be sharing it with you guys!!

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Creole Shrimp & Cheesy Basil Grits Cakes

Cheesy Basil Grits Cakes


1 cup water
1/4 cup stone ground white grits
1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
cooking oil


1. Add water into a small pot with a little salt and place on medium heat.

2. When water starts to boil, add grits, stir, and reduce heat to low. Stir frequently to make sure grits does not stick to bottom of pan.

3. When water starts to evaporate after about 3-5 minutes, add Old Bay seasoning and stir.

4. After about 2-3 minutes, or once grits are a thickness you desire, add basil and cheddar cheese.

5. Stir until cheese is melted, then remove from heat.

6. Line a small plastic container with enough parchment paper, so that the ends of the paper hang over the container.

7. Carefully pour the grits onto the parchment paper and spread out to the thickness you desire.

8. Place container in the refrigerator, and allow grits to chill for at least 2 hours.

9. Once grits is chilled, remove from refrigerator, take out of the container, and place on a cutting board. Discard the parchment paper.

10. Cut grits into the shape you desire, and set aside.

11. In a non-stick saute pan, add some oil and place on medium heat. Once oil is hot, add grits cakes to pan and allow to pan fry until golden brown on both side.

12. Remove from heat and serve with creole shrimp.

Creole Shrimp


10-12 raw/deveined/shelled large shrimp
1/2 cup diced roma tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
1 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup whipping cream
cajun seasoning


1. In a saute pan add 1 tbsp oil and place on medium heat.

2. Once oil is hot, reduce heat and add onions and garlic. Saute until onions start to soften. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent garlic from burning.

3. Next add tomatoes and basil, and saute for about 2-3 minutes. Next add corn and mix well.

4. Season with a little creole seasoning/pepper, then add whipping cream. Mix well and reduce heat to low.

5. While cream is simmering, add 1/2 tbsp oil into another saute pan and place on medium heat.

6. Season shrimp with a little cajun seasoning, then add to saute pan. Do a quick saute on shrimp, and then add to pan with cream sauce.

7. Allow to simmer until shrimp is thoroughly cooked. Adjust seasoning to your liking, then remove from heat.

8. Serve immediately with grits cakes.

For more great Fall Food recipes, check out my other food blogger friends also participating in this weeks #SundaySupper.

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Enjoy and be sure to join the #SundaySupper chat at 7 PM {ET} on Twitter. We’re discussing ‘Fall Foods’!


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