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    What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits

    Shrimp and grits is a true Southern classic – savory, spicy, and delicious! If you’re wondering “What goes with shrimp and grits?” you’ve come to the right place!

    We’re kind of experts on shrimp and grits around here. Along with classics like Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits and Blackened Shrimp and Grits, we’ve come up with a number of unique takes.

    Pesto Shrimp and Grits? Yup, done it. Greek Shrimp and Grits? Mmm. How about Surf & Turf Shrimp and Grits? Oh yeah. We’ve even given the dish an Italian twist with Shrimp and Polenta.

    So yeah, we know our shrimp and grits. That’s why we’ve put together this list for you. Now you’ll never have to wonder what to serve with shrimp and grits again!

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    What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits

    1. Squash Casserole

    Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping.

    It’s what I had as my side dish the first time I ever ate shrimp and grits, and it’s still a favorite!

    Get the Recipe: Southern Squash Casserole

    2. Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread

    Cornbread is one of our all around favorite side dishes, and it goes great with shrimp and grits.

    This is cornbread taken to the next level, and then some. Bacon, cheddar and jalapenõs… best cornbread recipe ever!

    Get the Recipe: Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

    3. Fried Green Tomatoes

    If you’re from the South, these Fried Green Tomatoes are a must in the summertime side dish.

    Well seasoned and super crispy on the outside, with a tender and succulent inside, they’re perfect as an appetizer or side dish.

    Get the Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

    4. Caesar Salad

    If you want to master your salad game, this easy Caesar Salad recipe is a MUST!

    Perhaps the most famous and popular salad on the planet, Caesar is so simple, yet so tasty. All you need is lettuce, crotons, parm cheese, and an awesome dressing. So good!

    Get the Recipe: Caesar Salad

    5. Green Beans Almondine

    Green Beans Almondine is a beautiful side dish where vibrant French style green bean are tossed with brown butter, almonds, shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon.

    Once you try it, you’ll be coming back again and again.

    Get the Recipe: Green Beans Almondine

    6. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.

    It will be one of your new favorite salads to serve with shrimp and grits.

    Get the Recipe: Cucumber Tomato Salad

    7. Succotash

    Succotash is a classic side dish with corn kernels and lima beans, but regional variations include other vegetables and meats such as bacon.

    It’s a great blend of sweet and salty, and it compliments shrimp and grits cakes wonderfully.

    Get the Recipe: Succotash

    8. Three Bean Salad

    This easy Three Bean Salad recipe is a summertime potluck classic. But it goes so well with so many things, we love it all year long! 

    Fresh green beans are mixed with garbanzo beans and kidney beans, then all get tossed with a tangy dressing. It’s tasty, budget friendly, and one of our favorite sides for shrimp and grits.

    Get the Recipe: Three Bean Salad

    9. Creamed Spinach

    This Creamed Spinach is going to be the new star of your side dish spread. It’s creamy, cheesy, and oh so comforting.

    With just a few simple ingredients you can easily whip up this recipe, which is so much better than store bought.

    Get the Recipe: Creamed Spinach

    10. Sweet Potato Fries

    These healthy and tasty alternatives to your basic French fries are sweeping restaurants across the country.

    Now you can make them in your own home with this easy recipe!

    Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries

    11. Wedge Salad

    How about this classic wedge salad. Fresh, crispy and delicious. This goes great with your favorite steak, pork, chicken and fish.

    It’s one of the most classic salad recipes for good reason!

    Get the Recipe: Wedge Salad

    12. Clam Chowder

    This creamy Clam Chowder is the cozy bowl of seafood goodness you need in your life. The creamy, perfectly seasoned broth is loaded with clams and potatoes.

    It’s a classic seafood restaurant side dish.

    Get the Recipe: Clam Chowder

    13. Sheet Pan Roasted Broccoli

    Make this incredibly easy and addicting Sheet Pan Roasted Broccoli recipe for your loved ones. The healthy, crispy and amazingly flavored broccoli will taste just delicious.

    This is a perfect veggie side dish for shrimp & grits.

    Get the Recipe: Roasted Broccoli

    14. Corn Casserole

    This Corn Casserole is not only scrumptious, but simple and easy too? Sounds good to me! With only 5 ingredients and 3 steps, it can’t get better than this.

    It takes a little under an hour to make and yields 8 servings. I promise all 8 servings will be gone by the end of the night! It’s that good.

    Get the Recipe: 5 Ingredient Corn Casserole

    15. Southern Fried Okra

    Fried okra is a classic summer side dish. This recipe shows you how to fry them up golden and crispy every time.

    If you think you don’t like okra, this recipe will change your mind!

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    16. Biscuits

    These buttermilk biscuits are fluffy and tender. They only take four ingredients, you’ll love how easy they are!

    They go great with shrimp and grits, and so many other dishes.

    Get the Recipe @ thegunnysack

    17. Southern Collard Greens

    Nothing says Southern like collard greens. And let me tell you, this recipe is the best!

    Trust me, you’ll keep coming back to this one time and time again.

    Get the Recipe @ theseasonedmom

    18. She-Crab Soup

    If you’ve ever been to the Carolina Lowcountry, you’ve surely had she-crab soup.

    This creamy and flavorful soup only takes about 25 minutes, but tastes as good as any fancy restaurant!

    Get the Recipe @ biscuitsandburlap

    19. Hush Puppies

    These deep fried hush puppies are so good! They’re great for snacking, make tasty sides for a variety of dishes.

    Skipped the mix, these homemade hushpuppies are worth the effort!

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    20. Fried Apples

    Indulge in the flavorful delight of our Fried Apples Recipe! These tart, sweet, and perfectly spiced apples are a delightful addition to any meal or a tempting dessert.

    With their simplicity and undeniable deliciousness, they have captured the hearts of all as a beloved comfort food.

    Get the Recipe @ foodfolksandfun

    21. Southern Style Green Beans

    We love the heavenly flavors of slow-cooked Southern Green Beans. These tender and melt-in-your-mouth string beans are paired with savory onion, garlic, and bacon.

    Prepare for a scrumptious experience.

    Get the Recipe @ healthylittlepeach

    22. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    This Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe is the best copycat of Red Lobster’s famous garlicky, cheesy biscuits that are ready in under 20 minutes at home! If you love a warm biscuit, you’re going to love these copycat cheddar bay biscuits.

    Get the Recipe @ allthingsmamma

    23. Sweet Tea

    Nothing says “Southern” like a nice cold glass of sweet iced tea. You probably don’t need a recipe for it, but this list would have been incomplete without it!

    Get the Recipe @ lanascooking

    24. Pickled Okra

    These pickled okra are great to have around, either as an ingredient for a number of dishes, or just to munch on.

    This recipe uses the refrigerator method, eliminating the need for canning.

    Get the Recipe @ biscuitsandburlap

    25. Gumbo

    Bring the flavors of New Orleans to your kitchen with this authentic Gumbo recipe!

    It is made with a dark roux, fresh veggies including okra, and your choice of meat, making every spoonful of this Gumbo so delicious and comforting.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    26. Oysters Rockefeller

    In this classic dish, the Rockefeller name refers to the dollar bill-green color of the sauce, and its richness, as it’s loaded with butter, garlic, spinach and herbs.

    Another New Orleans invent since 1889. We approve of it big time. Yummy…

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    27. Strawberry Spinach Salad

    Everyone’s favorite summer salad gets just a little heartier. Add perfectly grilled, juicy tender chicken thighs to regular strawberry spinach salad, give a dash of creamy poppy seed dressing and you are set for one tasty meal any time of the day this summer.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    28. Candied Yams

    This classic candied yam recipe is too good! Sweet potatoes, tender and glazed in a buttery syrup, create a delightful and cherished addition to your holiday and Sunday dinner table.

    The rich flavors and Southern charm of this authentic soul food dish will leave your loved ones smiling and satisfied.

    Get the Recipe @ sweetteaandthyme

    29. Lobster Bisque

    Don’t get intimidated by the idea of making bisque in your kitchen. This is an easier take on the classic.

    This creamy soup is made with delicious lobster tails, fresh herbs and seafood stock.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    17. Corn Fritters

    Anything fried has to taste good, right?

    These corn fritters consist of bites sized morsels of fried dough loaded with tender corn kernels. Yum!

    Get the Recipe@ thegunnysack

    So many sides for shrimp and grits to choose from. Which one will you try first?

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    What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits (30 BEST Sides)

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    This collection of Sides for Shrimp and Grits includes a wide variety of dishes to enjoy with your favorite Southern comfort food.


    • Squash Casserole
    • Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread
    • Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Caesar Salad
    • Green Beans Almondine
    • Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto
    • Succotash
    • Three Bean Salad
    • Creamed Spinach
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Wedge Salad
    • Clam Chowder
    • Sheet Pan Roasted Broccoli
    • Corn Casserole
    • Southern Fried Okra
    • Biscuits
    • Southern Collard Greens
    • She-Crab Soup
    • Hush Puppies
    • Fried Apples
    • Southern Style Green Beans
    • Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
    • Sweet Tea
    • Pickled Okra
    • Gumbo
    • Oysters Rockefeller
    • Strawberry Spinach Salad
    • Candied Yams
    • Lobster Bisque
    • Corn Fritters


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