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Do you want a quick and delicious AWARD WINNING recipe from a famous chef? Try out Chef Ken Patrick‘s Southwestern Grilled Shrimp and Spicy Cheese Grits recipe.

Did we mention Chef Ken beat out a panel of other celebrity chefs with this recipe on the 2014 Fantastic Voyage? So you know it must be good! Try it out and share it with your friends and family!


2 bunches cilantro leaves, washed and dried

2 jalapeno & 1 poblano chiles

6 each garlic cloves & 1 shallot, peeled

½ teaspoon cumin powder

juice & zest of 1 lime

½ cup canola oil

12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined


1 ½ cups water

2 cups yellow corn grits

1 each red bell peppers, diced small

1 cup pepper jack cheese, grated

½ cup scallions, chopped

1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped fine



  1. Combine cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, cumin, lime juice, zest, shallot and oil in a blender.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Place shrimp into large mixing bowl and pour marinate over shrimp, toss to incorporate and set in fridge for at least four hours.
  4. When time to serve, remove from bowl season with salt and pepper and cook in hot sauté pan or grill until cooked through.


  1. Add water to a saucepot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add salt.
  3. Heat water until boiling, begin whisking in grits and lower heat once all grits are added.
  4. In another sauce pot, saute red peppers, cook quickly for a minute then add pre-cooked grits.
  5. Stir in the rest of ingredients, season to taste. Serve hot.


  1. In the center of serving bowl spoon small amount of grits in center of bowl.
  2. Top with 3 shrimp, garnish with green onions.
  3. Serve immediately.



Recipe courtesy, Ken Patrick Culinary Group 2014

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RECIPE: Chef Ken’s Southwestern Grilled Shrimp and Spicy Cheese Grits  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com