Shrimp Succotash and Blue Corn Grits

Sweet, nutty, and colorful, blue corn grits make this dish a showstopper. If you don’t have any on hand, your favorite variety of corn grits will work.

Shrimp Succotash and Blue Corn Grits
Yields: 6 servings
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen baby lima beans
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon
  • 2 pounds large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup fresh okra, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 4 ears corn)
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Blue Corn Grits (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: fresh basil
Blue Corn Grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup blue corn grits*
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring lima beans and water to cover to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until beans are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon, and let drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Let bacon cool; crumble, and set aside.
  3. Add shrimp to skillet; cook until pink and firm, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  4. Add onion, okra, and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is just tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in lima beans, corn, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until corn is tender and bright yellow, 5 to 6 minutes. Add butter; cook, stirring constantly, until butter is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in shrimp, tomatoes, and basil. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately with Blue Corn Grits. Garnish with basil, if desired.
Blue Corn Grits
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water, broth, butter, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in grits.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in cheese and pepper until cheese is melted. Serve hot.
*We used McEwen & Sons Stone Ground Organic Blue Grits