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What To Serve With Shrimp And Grits – 13 Delicious Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your shrimp and grits, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for shrimp and grits.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes for shrimp and grits are buttermilk biscuits, collard greens, fried okra, succotash, and squash puppies. You can also serve pasta salad, spinach galettes, eggplant rollatini, ribs, and cornbread stuffing. For healthier options, try serving wedge salad, zoodles, or coleslaw. 

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Buttermilk biscuits

Buttermilk biscuits are usually partnered with a thick, creamy gravy.

But these buttery, flakey morsels are also great with a heaping serving of shrimp and grits.

Just the thought of scooping warm, cheesy grits with a biscuit – doesn’t that make you drool? 

I like to brush my buttermilk biscuits with honey butter as they come out of the oven. 

Sally’s Baking Addiction has a fantastic, easy-to-follow recipe (that only needs six ingredients) for the flakiest biscuits ever. 

Lettuce wedge salad

This wedge salad is probably the easiest salad you can make. 

It requires minimal prep, and you only need to cook the bacon and hard-boiled eggs. 

It’s dressed with a tangy black pepper buttermilk dressing that provides a nice contrast to the cheesy and creamy shrimp and grits. 

Want a taste? Try to make this salad with Simply Scratch’s recipe. 

Southern-style collard greens

Shrimp and grits and collard greens are a classic Southern food combination. 

They are comfort food that will warm you up no matter what season it is. 

Collard greens are usually slow-cooked, but using an Instant Pot to cook them reduces cooking time significantly. 

Ready to cook?

Umami Girl has a fantastic recipe for instant pot collard greens. They also share some tips if you want to make this a vegan-friendly dish (yep, vegan shrimp and grits is a thing!)

Spinach and tomato galettes 

Impress your friends by serving a tray of these spinach and tomato galettes at your next party. 

These galettes are buttery and flakey, with a creamy spinach-feta filling that pairs well with shrimp and grits. 

And the best part? 

They’re super easy to make with the help of store-bought puff pastry dough. 

Want to get baking?

Check the recipe from It’s Not Complicated Recipes

Fried okra

Fried okra is a staple food in Southern cooking.

Fried okras are crispy and crunchy, the perfect contrast to the mushy grits and soft shrimp. 

They’re highly addictive, so prepare a big batch to ensure you won’t run out. 

I like serving these fried okras with a spicy dipping sauce. But you can also just dunk them in the creamy grits. 

Try it out with this recipe from Rasa Malaysia. 

Corn Succotash

A medley of vegetables is always a great partner to shrimp and grits. 

This corn succotash is made with various colorful and vibrant summer vegetables. 

It’s a mixture of crispy and juicy vegetables that will give you freshness in every bite. 

This dish features a sweet and savory combination that works perfectly with the creaminess of shrimp and grits. 

Doesn’t that sound good? Try making this succotash with this recipe from No Spoon Necessary

Pro Tip: You can make this dish pescatarian-friendly by leaving out the bacon. 

Vinegar coleslaw

Vinegar coleslaw is a great side dish to serve alongside shrimp and grits.

This dish has a sweet and tangy flavor combination that lightens the creaminess of the grits. 

Unlike your typical mayo-based coleslaw, vinegar coleslaw is dressed with a zesty vinegar dressing that will leave your taste buds tingling. 

It’s a healthier and lighter version of coleslaw without compromising on taste. 

Foodie Crush has a delicious sweet vinegar coleslaw recipe that can be ready in just a few minutes.

Eggplant rollatini

Eggplant rollatini is essentially slices of eggplant rolled up and stuffed with creamy spinach and ricotta.

It’s baked with a tasty tomato sauce and extra cheese on top for good measure. 

Pair this with your shrimp and grits, and you’ve got one hell of a comfort meal. 

Check out Inside The Rustic Kitchen for the recipe and some tips and tricks on making this delicious dish.

Squash puppies

Put a fun, healthy twist on traditional hushpuppies with squash puppies! 

As the name suggests, squash puppies are hush puppies with finely chopped squash mixed in the batter. 

The chopped squash adds a hint of sweetness to these fried dough balls. 

Pop a piece (or two) of these squash puppies with your shrimp and grits for a drool-worthy meal. 

You can serve these squash puppies with a dipping sauce for extra flavor. 

For these squash puppies, Ezra Poundcake’s recipe suggests whipping up a roasted jalapeno mayo.

Slow-cooker ribs

Turn your shrimp and grits into a surf and turf meal by cooking delicious barbecue ribs to go with it.

Barbecue ribs are typically made on a grill, but you can also make them in the slow cooker. 

Just prep the ribs, then put them in the slow cooker and let it do its job. 

After six hours, you’ll get those delicious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth ribs ready to go with your shrimp and grits. 

Head on over to The Food Charlatan for the recipe. 

Creamed peas

This creamed peas dish has simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

You can even use frozen peas.

The polenta and cream together can be quite rich, so I would serve the two dishes with a lemon slice on the side to add some tartness.

Want to give this a try? 

Savory With Soul will help you make the best-tasting creamed peas. 

Want a healthier version? Try simple mashing the peas without the cream!

Cornbread sausage stuffing

This cornbread sausage stuffing is a casserole dish full of pure meaty deliciousness.

It has a salty-sweet flavor combination that works well with many dishes – shrimp and grits included. 

Just take a heaping scoop of this stuffing on your shrimp and grits, and you have yourself a satisfying meal.

You might be too full to walk after eating this food combo. 

Carlsbad Cravings has the full cornbread sausage stuffing recipe.

Pesto zoodles

I know what you’re thinking. This is a bit of an unusual food pairing.

But hear me out.

Pesto actually pairs really well with creamy shrimp and grits. 

And the zoodles are also a way to add a light healthy twist to a typically heavy meal.

Want a taste? 

Try it out with Feel Good Foodie’s easy-to-follow pesto basil walnut zoodles recipe.

The best side dishes for shrimp and grits

  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Wedge salad
  • Southern-style collard greens
  • Spinach and tomato galettes
  • Fried okra
  • Corn Succotash
  • Vinegar coleslaw
  • Eggplant rollatini
  • Squash puppies
  • Slow-cooker ribs
  • Creamed peas
  • Cornbread sausage stuffing
  • Pesto zoodles

What To Serve With Shrimp And Grits

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your shrimp and grits.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp and grits side dishes, what to serve with shrimp and grits
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 142kcal


  • 1 portion shrimp and grits


  • Prepare your shrimp and grits according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: buttermilk biscuits, wedge salad, southern-style collard greens, spinach and tomato galettes, fried okra, corn succotash, vinegar coleslaw, eggplant rollatini, squash puppies, slow-cooker ribs, creamed peas, cornbread sausage stuffing, and pesto zoodles.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 142kcal

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