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You'll love these super easy Sriracha Sesame Shrimp and Grits recipe via I'm Not the Nanny

Grits are not just for breakfast.

The very first summer I spent away from home was at a high school science camp on a college campus. We were allowed to eat in the college dining hall and I fell in love with the buttery, creamy grits piled on top a thick slab of salty ham. I ate a plate every morning! Even though we don’t live in the south anymore, every Saturday morning, our family makes a giant pot of buttery grits to accompany our breakfasts.

During cold wintery days, a hearty, hot bowl of grits topped with shrimp and a tangy sauce become the ultimate comfort food. For you Yankees, grits are made of coarsely ground corn that are cooked in water, much like polenta. Depending on your family’s tradition, butter, cheese or cream cheese were added to the grits after cooking. Sometimes all three.

Sriracha Sesame Shrimp Grits Close-up via I'm Not the Nanny

Inspired by New Orleans-style shrimp and grits, I wanted to added an Asian twist to a well loved classic. I hope these sriracha sesame shrimp and grits will earn a place in your dinner rotation. With the help of McCormick Sesame Stir-Fry sauce and quick-cooking grits, you’ll have dinner on the table in less than an hour. It’s seriously super easy shrimp and grits recipe with an Asian twist.

Make sure you purchase quick-cooking grits and not instant grits. My Vietnamese mother only bought instant grits for us because she didn’t know the different. These little packets of artificially flavored cheese grits were gummy and not very tasty. Trust me, get the quick-cooking ones.

Sriracha Sesame Shrimp Grits with McCormick Skillet Sauce

This was my first time trying McCormick’s Skillet Sauces. It was super easy to use and, unlike other pre-packaged sauces, low in sodium. For this recipe, I used the Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry sauce. The addition of fresh ginger root in both the grits and the sauce add  zip to both components. I added shitaake mushrooms to round out the dish, but feel free to add whatever mushrooms you have on hand. I recommend portobello mushrooms or baby bellas.

Sriracha Chili Garlic Paste is spicier than its saucy cousin. via I'm Not the Nanny

Don’t forget about the Sriracha paste. I’m amused by how popular this  “rooster sauce” has become because my parents always had a bottle in our fridge. As I taught myself to cook in college, I added the paste to my Vietnamese pantry. It’s the same chili-garlic sauce, but thicker and chunkier. I find it a little spicier and use it in my cooking. The bottle of sauce is used more as a condiment. Either will work for this recipe.

Make the grits first and keep them covered until the shrimp and mushrooms are done. To serve, place both the pot of grits and skillet tableside. Everyone can help themselves. Top with fresh cilantro and toasted sesame seeds and dig in!

Sriracha Sesame Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Sriracha Sesame Shrimp and Ginger infused Grits via I'm Not the Nanny

Sriracha Sesame Shrimp and Grits

Sriracha Sesame Shrimp and Grits

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 ½ c quick cooking grits (not instant)
  • 4 c water
  • 2 T fresh ginger root, grated and divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • ½ c yellow onion, diced
  • 1 T sriracha paste (or sauce)
  • 1 ½ c fresh shitaake mushrooms, sliced into ¼” strips
  • 1 pound of medium sized shrimp, cleaned and peeled
  • 1 pouch of McCormick Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry sauce
  • ½ c water
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • 1 T toasted sesame seeds (optional)


To cook grits: In large saucepan, heat 4 cups of water, 1 Tablespoon of grated ginger, and salt over high heat. Once it starts to boil, reduce to medium heat. Whisk grits into the water and stir constantly to keep lumps from forming. Continue to cook and whisk until water is incorporated and grits are cooked, about 5-7 minutes. If grits start to pop or bubble, turn down the heat. Remove from heat and stir in butter and ½ tsp ground black pepper. Cover and set aside.

In large skillet, add sesame oil and butter over medium high heat. When butter is melted, add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add Sriracha paste and cook for about a minute, stirring constantly.

Add mushrooms and remaining grated ginger. Cook until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.

Add shrimp and entire packet of McCormick Sesame Stir-Fry Sauce plus ½ cup of water. Stir to combine. Cook until shrimp are pink and sauce has thickened. If sauce becomes too thick, add a little water.

Spoon approximately 1 cup of grits into bowl and top with shrimp and mushroom. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

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