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1 Sep 2022
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Red Sky’s Famous Shrimp N’ Grits

When people think about seafood in the south, one of the first things that comes to mind is shrimp and grits! And with this delicious recipe from the Red Sky Cafe, you can bring a little bit of the south and the beach to your holiday table this year. This is a fantastic recipe you can fix anywhere, whether you're stuck at home dreaming of the beach or you're craving fresh, local seafood to enjoy from the comfort of your holiday vacation rental!

OBX Holiday Menu Idea - Red Sky’s Famous Shrimp N’ Grits

8 uncooked Shrimp-peeled and tails removed 
olive oil 
1/4 cup heavy cream 
1 Tbls. tomato puree 
1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning 
1 Tbls. Pico degillo 
1 Tbls. bacon crumbles

Redneck Risotto 
1 1/4 cup Stone ground grits 
3 3/4 Cup chicken stock 
4 TBS butter 
2 TBS fajita seasoning 
1/2TBS fresh chopped garlic 
1 1/4 cup heavy cream 
1 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 

1. Melt butter in stock pot over low heat, add garlic & seasoning cook 1-2 min. Add chicken stock & grits bring to a boil, then to a simmer. Add cream & cheese, continue to simmer for 15-20 min, occasionally stirring.
2. Place shrimp in a hot sauté pan lightly coated with olive oil, sear shrimp 1-2 min, turn and sear on other side 1-2 min. 
3. Add bacon, Pico de Gallo, Cajun seasoning, tomato puree, and heavy cream. Reduce 2-3 minutes over low heat while gently stirring.
4. Place a large amount of Redneck Risotto (Asiago cheese grits) in a bowl, place shrimp on top of grits & pour sauce atop shrimp 

Recipe courtesy of:Wes Stepp 
Red Sky Cafe 

For more delicious outer banks recipes check out the Outer Banks Restaurant Association’s Taste of the Beach website.


One of the best parts about an Outer Banks vacation is sampling the local cuisine. But you don't have to wait until you get here to enjoy the tasty treats of the beach! This recipe is part of our "OBX Holiday Menu Ideas" series that gives you the best recipes so that you can enjoy the taste of the Outer Banks wherever you're celebrating this holiday season!

Be sure to check out our other OBX recipes that are perfect for your holiday table, whether you're stuck back home waiting for summer or spending the holiday season in your very own rental home! In fact, the holiday season is one of the best times to visit the Outer Banks. Check out our Top 10 Reasons to Spend the Holidays on the OBX, our Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Outer Banks on the Off Season, and our guide to OBX Holiday Events.

And be sure to see our available rentals and book your OBX vacation rental for the holidays!