Shrimp and Pumpkin Grits with Fried Pumpkin Seeds and Capers

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Shrimp and Pumpkin Grits with Fried Pumpkin Seeds and Capers

Shrimp and Pumpkin Grits with Fried Pumpkin Seeds and Capers

Created for the Pumpkin Cocotte

In our autumn version of this classic Southern dish, pumpkin puree replaces cream and cheese for grits that are extra smooth. Top it with sauteed shrimp, crispy pumpkin seeds and salty fried capers.

Recipe provided by love & olive oil


  • 1/2 cup stone ground white grits (not instant grits)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 large or jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


In the Pumpkin Cocotte, bring 2 cups water to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk in grits. Lower heat to medium-low and cook, whisking frequently, until grits are almost tender, about 40 to 50 minutes. If it becomes too thick, add water ¼ cup at a time. Stir in pumpkin puree 5 to 10 minutes before grits are done. Finish cooking and remove from heat. Stir in cream and keep warm.

Fill a saucepan with olive oil to a half-inch depth. Heat over medium heat until shimmery.

Add pumpkin seeds and fry 30 to 60 seconds or until seeds turn light golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Bring oil back up to temperature. Add capers and fry 1 to 2 minutes or until crispy. Transfer to the plate with the pumpkin seeds

Melt butter with olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Arrange shrimp in the skillet and cook 2 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes or until opaque. Remove skillet from heat and stir in parsley and lemon juice.

To serve, divide warm grits among serving bowls. Arrange 4 shrimp in each, and top with pumpkin seeds, capers and more parsley if desired.
Created For
Specialty Cocotte
Main Ingredient
Fish & Seafood
Cooking Time
Under 1 hr.
Serving Size
2 - 4