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What to Serve with Shrimp and Grits Dinner: 36 Mouthwatering Sides

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Delight your taste buds with the sensational flavors of shrimp and grits for dinner. But what should you serve with shrimp and grits?

It’s certainly a spectacular meal, one that you can easily serve at your next dinner party. You’ll also want to round out the table with these side dishes to go with your shrimp and grits

Sauteed shrimp, onions,  tri color peppers with sausage, creole butter, on grits

Inspired by New Orleans, this southern staple often uses Creole seasoning, Old Bay seasoning, or Cajun seasoning on the shrimp, making your stone ground grits or quick grits a perfect contrast. 

Whether you use creamy grits or cheesy grits, this classic southern dish is as simple as it gets yet brimming with beautiful flavors.

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Hush Puppies
Small Town Woman
Hush Puppies
Pillowy and delicious, few things can beat hush puppies on the side of your plate of shrimp and grits. This recipe adds a little Creole seasoning too, which will go beautifully with those flavorful shrimp.
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2
Green Beans and Bacon
Back To My Southern Roots
Green Beans and Bacon
Carry on the southern flavors of your meal with this simple side dish of green beans and bacon. This one is sure to have everyone eating their veggies and taking second helpings!
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3
Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Cookie and Kate
Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Bake up crispy sweet potato fries in your oven for a little crunch on the side. These are seasoned with cayenne pepper to contrast with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
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4
6 Ingredient Homemade Biscuits (Popular Recipe!) - Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sally’s Baking Addiction
6 Ingredient Homemade Biscuits (Popular Recipe!) – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Enjoy soft, buttery, and flaky buttermilk biscuits made from scratch. This recipe is so simple that you’ll wonder why you ever bought the canned stuff. They only require a few easy ingredients and take little time at all!
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5
Classic Wedge Salad
House of Yumm
Classic Wedge Salad
There’s nothing like a classic wedge salad on the side of your shrimp and grits. You can serve it as a starter course for an impressive beginning to the meal. The blue cheese crumbles, bacon, cherry tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing easily make this side a winner.
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6
Green Bean Salad - Love and Lemons
Love and Lemons
Green Bean Salad – Love and Lemons
If you’re tired of green beans the usual way, try a green bean salad. This recipe livens things up with goat cheese and honey mustard dressing for a truly satisfying side dish.
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7
Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet
Budget Bytes
Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet
If you’re having a large crowd gathering around the table, make this andouille sausage and rice on the side. The hearty flavors make this an excellent side dish to serve with delicate shrimp.
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8
Homemade Garlic Bread
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Homemade Garlic Bread
The best thing about homemade garlic bread is that it is an easy comfort food to make with your shrimp and grits dinner. You can grab a loaf of French bread from the bakery and make a garlic and parmesan mixture that elevates it into a spectacular side.
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9
Homemade Cheesy Breadsticks
From Valerie’s Kitchen
Homemade Cheesy Breadsticks
Even on a busy weeknight, you can make cheesy breadsticks. The secret is using pre-made pizza dough. You can also make your own dough if you have the time, but whatever you do, don’t forget to make these cheesy breadsticks that you can dip into the grits and your saucy shrimp!
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10
Southern Collard Greens Recipe
Grandbaby Cakes
Southern Collard Greens Recipe
Smoky ham simmered in collard greens is a southern staple, one that will make sure everyone eats their leafy greens for dinner. Make it tonight with those shrimp and grits for an iconic Southern meal.
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11
Baked Eggplant Rollatini
A Simple Palate
Baked Eggplant Rollatini
This elegant dish is ideal when you have company and truly is one of the best side dishes for shrimp and grits. Roll up slices of cooked eggplant to contain a cheesy mixture, top with tomato sauce, and you’ll bake up pure heaven on the side!
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12
Southern Fried Okra
The Country Cook
Southern Fried Okra
In classic southern cooking, southern fried okra remains one of the most popular sides of all. When this veggie is fried up, there is no stopping everyone from popping every last bite into their mouths.
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13
Squash Casserole Recipe
Add a Pinch
Squash Casserole Recipe
The creamy, cheesy sauce makes squash truly shine in this squash casserole. Topped with buttery Ritz crackers, it’s one of the most delicious side dishes ever.
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14
Jiffy cornbread in a skillet.
Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread
Jazz up Jiffy mix with some heat from jalapeños to make this southern staple jalapeño cornbread. It’s an easy side dish that goes perfectly with shrimp and cheesy grits.
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15
Fried Green Tomatoes
Pinch and Swirl
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes are a southern classic. They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, making them one of the best side dishes you can possibly serve with shrimp and grits or anything else.
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16
The Best Homemade Caesar Salad
Completely Delicious
The Best Homemade Caesar Salad
The simple ingredients in Caesar salad come alive thanks to anchovy paste to make the dressing. Shave on some fresh parmesan and top with croutons for that essential crunch.
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17
Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
Well Plated
Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
Another salad option to serve with shrimp and grits, this one adds plenty of color and flavor to the table. It’s easy to throw together too, making it a great way to impress dinner guests.
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18
Easy Southern Succotash
Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
Easy Southern Succotash
Succotash is one of those southern staples you need on the table. Filled with lima beans and corn, you get a spectrum of colors and flavors that make eating nutritiously easier than ever.
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19
Three Bean Salad
Dinner at the Zoo
Three Bean Salad
Three-bean salad is made with green beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans tossed together in a tasty dressing. You’ll love the zing it provides with your tender shrimp dinner.
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20
Best Creamed Spinach | A Creamy Classic Holiday Side Dish Recipe!
The Novice Chef Blog
Best Creamed Spinach | A Creamy Classic Holiday Side Dish Recipe!
Steakhouse-style creamed spinach is rich and decadent, a delicious side dish that goes well with creamy grits and juicy shrimp. It’s also so quick and easy that you just may find yourself making it on the side of every meal.
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21
Clam Chowder Recipe
The Cozy Cook
Clam Chowder Recipe
Cozy up to a bowl of creamy New England clam chowder. Skip those cans and make it from scratch to simmer up a stunning side dish for your shrimp dinner.
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22
Want Everyone To Eat Their Greens? This Roasted Broccoli Is The Easiest Way!
Simply Recipes
Want Everyone To Eat Their Greens? This Roasted Broccoli Is The Easiest Way!
Let your oven render broccoli into a tender and roasted texture. Topped with lemon juice and parmesan cheese, you’ll love it with your main dish of cheese grits and shrimp.
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23
Baked Corn Casserole Recipe With Cheese
Back To My Southern Roots
Baked Corn Casserole Recipe With Cheese
Pair creamy grits and Creole seasoning shrimp with creamy corn casserole. This simple and scrumptious side dish is one that everyone absolutely loves.
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24
Best Southern Fried Apples
Divas Can Cook
Best Southern Fried Apples
If your shrimp and grits recipe is a bit spicy, serve it with fried apples. It’s one of the best side dishes for this meal because of the tart yet sweet apples that provide a wonderful contrast of flavors.
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25
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits - Damn Delicious
Damn Delicious
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits – Damn Delicious
Cheesy, garlicky, and ready quickly, you can get those craveable Red Lobster biscuits, with that delicious cheddar cheese, on the table with your tender shrimp dinner. Serve them warm out of the oven to your friends and family.
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26
Refrigerator Pickled Okra Recipe
Biscuits and Burlap
Refrigerator Pickled Okra Recipe
Pickling your okra in the fridge makes it quick and easy. This recipe lets you adjust the spice to your preferences. Make them ahead and serve them well-chilled with your southern meal.
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27
Authentic New Orleans Gumbo
Tastes Better From Scratch
Authentic New Orleans Gumbo
Gumbo from New Orleans is one southern staple you should not miss. This authentic recipe is delicious, comforting, and incredibly hearty.
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28
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing
Well Plated
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing
Enjoy the fresh flavors of summer any time of year. This strawberry spinach salad is one of the best side dishes for spicy shrimp and creamy grits. The sweet berries help elevate the flavors on your palate for an incredible pairing. Make this great side dish today!
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29
The Best Candied Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Back To My Southern Roots
The Best Candied Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Bring out the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with maple syrup, cinnamon, and sugar. It’s not just a holiday side dish…it’s a classic dish full of Southern hospitality and contrasts the savory flavors of your main dish.
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30
The BEST Lobster Bisque Recipe - Self Proclaimed Foodie
Self Proclaimed Foodie
The BEST Lobster Bisque Recipe – Self Proclaimed Foodie
Fresh herbs, hunks of lobster meat, and a creamy broth make this classic soup an excellent option. If you want to make your shrimp and grits meal full of seafood flavors, start with this scrumptious lobster bisque.
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31
Quick and Easy Corn Fritters - Just a Taste
Just a Taste
Quick and Easy Corn Fritters – Just a Taste
Full of corn flavor, corn fritters are easy enough to throw together in less than 20 minutes. They are absolutely irresistible!
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32
Cream of Pea Soup
Brooklyn Farm Girl
Cream of Pea Soup
Rich flavors and a creamy texture make this pea soup a match for shrimp and grits. With only a few ingredients, it’s easy to make and satisfying to eat.
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33
Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese (Contest-Winning!) - The Chunky Chef
The Chunky Chef
Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese (Contest-Winning!) – The Chunky Chef
With several kinds of cheeses, this creamy mac n’ cheese recipe is absolute bliss with a plate of cheesy grits and tender shrimp. Baked up in the oven, it has a luscious texture that will have you coming back for more.
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34
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Keep the soft textures coming with mashed sweet potatoes. If your shrimp and grits are on the spicy side, this sweet side dish will make a phenomenal pairing.
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35
The Best Southern Colelsaw (+Video)
The Country Cook
The Best Southern Colelsaw (+Video)
Coleslaw is a classic southern dish that you need to make with shrimp and grits. It only takes 10 minutes to make this recipe, which means you can whip it up even after a hectic day.
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One Pot Mac and Cheese
Year Round Recipes
One Pot Mac and Cheese
You can't go wrong with one pot mac and cheese, especially when the recipe is this easy! Picky eaters will eat this faster than you can serve it!
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So, whether you opt for crusty garlic bread or a classic salad, you’re sure to make your shrimp and grits experience a delicious one. With these tasty accompaniments, your meal is complete, satisfying both your hunger and your taste buds.