What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits (23 Best Side Dishes)

Hearty dishes like casseroles, mac and cheese, potatoes, and biscuits make the best sides for shrimp and grits!

Shrimp and grits is a southern classic packed with tempting flavors.

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Homemade Shrimp and Grits with Chilis

Between the flavorful shrimp and creamy grits, it’s a meal in itself. But sometimes, you need more to go with it.

That’s where these ideas come in handy. You’ll find everything from southern favorites to easy recipes.

The key is to find flavors that complement the seasoning of the shrimp. You can also play around with the creaminess of the semolina.

For family dinners, vacations, or weekend brunches, there is an option here for every occasion.

Are you preparing a big southern style dinner? So you need a casserole to go with your shrimp and grits. And Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole is perfect!

Fried onions and creamy green bean filling are a family classic. It doesn’t matter if it’s not Thanksgiving. This dish only takes six ingredients and three easy steps.

Another dish that is flawless with shrimp and grits is Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole. The sweet corn filling enhances the richness of the grits. It’s crunchy, creamy, and cheesy.

It’s packed with canned corn kernels, creamed corn, and corn muffin mix. It’s also packed with a whole block of cheddar cheese. Delicious!

Does it get more southern than kale with shrimp and grits? These two iconic southern dishes are a perfect match.

The bacon on the sprouts amplifies the flavor of the shrimp. And the wilted greens fulfill your vegetable requirement.

Then there’s the broth, apple cider vinegar, and alliums to make it even better. All you need now is some hot sauce like Crystal, Tabasco, or Louisiana.

While you’re at it, put a few drops on your shrimp and grits, too.

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If you’re making shrimp and grits for brunch, don’t forget the cookies! These Bisquick cookies are the best. They are so fluffy and flaky that no one will care that they came out of a box.

Plus, they’re so much easier than making it from scratch. That means you can spend more time eating mimosas with your friends.

Need a summer casserole for your meal? This one goes great with shrimp and grits. It has a surprising amount of flavor and texture.

The crumbly Ritz cracker topping adds a buttery crunch. Beneath, is a sweet and creamy yellow squash filling.

All of the rich, sweet flavors pair well with grits. At the same time, they make the shrimp more flavorful and succulent.

Break out that box of Jiffy and make biscuits to go with your shrimp and grits. I keep Jiffy on hand just for times like this. Those sweet and tender muffins taste great with creamy and savory flavors.

If you put cheese on your grits, it’s even better!

Leave all the fuss to the shrimp and grits. Instead, make these easy Oven Roasted Carrots. The process is so easy. Toss the carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then you handle them.

Roasting carrots causes them to caramelize. In turn, enhances its natural sweetness.

These rustic roasted potatoes go with anything, even shrimp and grits. The seasoning makes them so universal.

Garlic, salt and pepper enhance its flavor. Add a pinch of rosemary to make them elegant and aromatic.

It’s a side dish the family will agree on. Lucky for you, it’s easy too.

The only thing missing the shrimp and grits is a green vegetable. This dish is the perfect solution! Broccoli is an accessible, inexpensive, and easy-to-prepare superfood.

You can steam, microwave, or even sauté it. However, there is something extra tasty about roasting it. Give it a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of red pepper flakes. It’s so simple and yet so cool!

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are another great green vegetable side for Shrimp and Grits. A simple seasoning accentuates its natural umami and sweet flavor. Cooking them in the deep fryer makes them crisp and tender.

You can dip them in the grits or eat them on the side.

If you feel like it, add the sweet mayonnaise to the food. It makes these buds even more tempting.

I am obsessed with these smashed potatoes and so is everyone else in my household. With their crunchy exterior, soft interior, and buttery flavor, they are to die for.

The trick is to boil the potatoes first. Then, shred them and bake them.

For holidays or dinner parties, mashed potatoes make shrimp and grits extra special.

Homemade garlic bread is foolproof. It’s quick, easy to make, and everyone will want a piece. Or rather, two or three. It’s so hard to stop at just one.

Luckily, that shrimp and grits bowl is just as tempting. Together, all the savory, garlicky, creamy, earthy, and buttery flavors are heavenly.

Sweet potato fries and shrimp and grits are a tempting combination. Shrimp and Grits are flavorful, creamy, and comforting. And the fries add an irresistible sweet, salty, and crunchy bite.

What’s even better is that the oven does almost all the work. So you can spend your time stirring the grits to make sure the texture is just right.

Sometimes, you just want a great comfort food. That’s why I make mac and cheese to go with the shrimp and grits.

But I don’t just make macaroni and cheese. I make my favorite Cracker Barrel copycat recipe. It’s rich, creamy and so cheesy. It is absolute perfection!

For special occasions or simple cravings, these two dishes are a great combination.

Sweet potatoes let you get your baked potato fix with a nutrient boost. They are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and minerals.

However, they do not have much protein. Fortunately, those juicy shrimp take care of all that.

Feel free to customize the ingredients. Or dare I say stuffed potatoes with shrimp and grits!

For a quick and easy low carb side dish, it doesn’t get much better than Baked Parmesan Zucchini.

The sweetness of the zucchini accentuates the shrimp. Meanwhile, the sprinkle of Parmesan cheese is the perfect complement to the cheesy grits.

And it’s so easy! Just slice the zucchini, season, and bake. There’s nothing to do.

Looking for something fresh and tasty? Try shrimp and grits with a wedge salad. Crispy lettuce and tomatoes add a burst of freshness between bites.

But it’s the bacon buttermilk dressing that will keep you coming back bite after bite.

All the flavors blend very well together. It also doesn’t hurt that the presentation is impressive.

For a little extra bite, top the shrimp and grits with fried okra. Okra is another iconic southern favorite. And you better believe it tastes great!

Lightly battered in cornmeal and fried, it has the most exquisite texture. Go ahead and see for yourself. These pop-up bites will make anyone an okra lover.

What goes well with succotash? Shrimp and grits! This vibrant dish will add a fresh twist to your shrimp and grits.

It is a mixture of broad beans, corn, tomatoes and red pepper. Add seasonings, quickly stir-fry, and you’re done.

It’s a southern classic that makes everyone gobble up their greens.

Does it get more comforting than Strictly Hush Puppies with Shrimp and Grits? These southern staples are fantastic together.

Strictly Hush puppies are so tender, crunchy, sweet and flavorful. They help intensify all the inviting flavors of the shrimp and grits.

The Colonel makes the best creamy coleslaw. And this copycat recipe is perfect! Creamy, spicy, savory, and crunchy, it’s packed with comforting goodness.

It complements and contrasts the shrimp and grits flavors well.

I love it with cajun seasoned shrimp. The hot spices are perfect with the creamy ingredients.

Are you making shrimp and grits for the family? Add this casserole to the menu. The sweet and comforting flavors are unbelievably delicious, especially paired with the savory Shrimp and Grits.

Part cornbread, part pudding, the texture is heavenly. Take a bite and see for yourself. This casserole alone is reason enough to keep Jiffy on hand.

You simply can’t go wrong with roasted vegetables. The recipe is as simple as chop, stir, and grill.

Use any variety of vegetables you like. Sweet potatoes, onions, broccoli, and bell peppers go great with shrimp and grits.

And make sure your seasonings complement whatever you use to season your shrimp. When in doubt, salt, pepper, and garlic are the answer.

What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits

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