What do grits, shrimp, and baby Lima beans have in common? They are all part of the ingredients in the delicious recipe for Grits with Shrimp and Baby Lima Beans.
Grits are delicious. They’re great with cheese, or with a little butter and salt. But they’re even better with shrimp and baby lima beans!
This Grits with Shrimp and Baby Lima Beans recipe is simple and fast, so you can have it on the table in no time.
I always search for different spices because of my love of cooking and the numerous dishes I can create. When traveling, I love talking to the natives and visiting their shops. Over the years, I have learned that if you want to experience the life of the locals of a country, it is best not only to talk to them but also to show interest in their way of life.
Wherever I go, my curiosity is picked because I experience a new life and taste and eat foods I have never eaten. I was ecstatic when my cousin’s wife Kim brought me Black Lava Gourmet Sea Salt from Hawaii. “Black lava salt is a marketing term for sea salt harvested from various places around the world that have been blended and colored with activated charcoal.” (Wikipedia, 2013)
Black Lava Gourmet Sea Salt reminds me of “gros sel,” a salt used in Haiti. This salt also reminds me of Fleur de Sel, which is very flavorful, and only a small quantity is sufficient to flavor a dish. It is very coarse and melts quickly. The color of the salt does not stain the food as one might think. It just adds more flavor, in my opinion. This salt compliments every dish I make. WOW! I feel like I am marketing this salt.
The need for a quick, healthy lunch or dinner is always on my mind. So I decided to make Shrimp with Black Lava Sea Salt and Baby Lima Beans with Grits – Uh! What is a long name for a dish? I think this is my first one. LOL. An effortless dish to make in a jiffy!
How to make the Grits with Shrimp and Baby Lima Beans dish
If you’re looking for a perfect meal for any occasion, look no further than our Grits with Shrimp and Baby Lima Beans. This dish is sure to please everyone—from the seafood lover in your family to the vegetarian who won’t eat anything that ever lived underwater.
I love using jumbo shrimp because they are meatier, and there is no need to have a pot full of tiny shrimps. They are cooked in unsalted butter, olive oil, garlic, shallots, Black Lava Sea Salt, crushed hot pepper flakes, lemon juice, and chives.
The beans are also cooked in the same mixture for only a few minutes so they are not too soft. Just a small amount of water was used because I did not want to lose the texture of the beans, as I tried to keep their buttery flavor. But more importantly, I did not wish to have the grits floating in a lot of sauce. It is just a preference, and it is not a soup made with grits.
If you like lemon, you will love the lemon taste in this dish. The lemon can be substituted for mild vinegar, but you should regulate the amount because of the acidity level. One thing I did not mention earlier is the reason for using both butter and oil, a) butter will burn if not mixed with a little bit of oil when frying spices; b) lima beans and butter is a beautiful marriage.
Grits are good for the body and the soul. They stick to your ribs and fill you with a nice, warm feeling that makes your tummy smile. This is a humble dish with simple flavors, but I’m telling you, this is like eating a fluffy piece of heaven. Enjoy Grits with Shrimp and Baby Lima Beans for lunch or dinner.
- 10 Jumbo Shrimps cleaned and deveined
- 1 teaspoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Garlic fresh and minced
- 2 medium Shallots sliced
- 1 teaspoon Chives chopped
- 3/4 cups Lima Beans frozen and thawed
- 2 – 3 dashes Black Lava Sea Salt or regular sea salt
- dash of Crushed Hot Pepper Flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- juice of 1 Lemon
- 1 – 2 tablespoon Water
- Clean and deveined shrimps. Wash with water mixed with lime, lemon or vinegar. Rinse with cold water and set aside. In a frying pan, add butter and oil. When butter has melted add garlic, shallots, chives, lima beans and fry for about 1 minute. Add salt, ground pepper, hot pepper flakes, and lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Add shrimps and cook while stirring occasionally. Add water and keep stirring until shrimps are fully cooked – about 5 minutes. Additional salt and pepper to taste. Cook grits according to package direction. Serve shrimp hot with grits.
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