Shrimp-&-Grits-Stuffed Peppers


Shrimp and grits are stuffed inside bell peppers and baked in this healthy stuffed peppers recipe. Add the optional hot sauce if you want to give the filling some kick. Look for bell peppers--use any color--with even bottoms, so that they stand upright on their own when they're cooked.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 peppers


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • ¾ cup quick grits (not instant)

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ¾ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco (Optional)

  • 4 large bell peppers

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp (16-20 count), chopped

  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Bring water and broth to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and hot sauce (if using). Cover to keep warm.

  3. Slice off stem ends of bell peppers and scoop out the seeds from the cavities. Place the peppers on one end of a large rimmed baking sheet; bake for 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, toss shrimp, scallions, oil, garlic powder, salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer to the empty side of the baking sheet, spreading in an even layer. Bake, stirring the shrimp mixture once, until the peppers are softened and the shrimp is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Stir the shrimp mixture into the grits, then divide the shrimp-and-grits mixture among the 4 bell peppers. Bake until the mixture is hot, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

406 Calories
13g Fat
40g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 pepper
Calories 406
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 33g 67%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 204mg 68%
Vitamin A 5624IU 112%
Vitamin C 214mg 237%
Folate 167mcg 42%
Sodium 454mg 20%
Calcium 259mg 20%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 82mg 19%
Potassium 827mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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