Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits is an easy weeknight meal, packed with flavor and cheesy goodness, plus there’s bacon!

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits

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Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits

I love cheese grits. It’s in my blood. Cheese grits and fried fish are a Southern staple, at least they were in my family. I’m not even sure why I didn’t make cheese grits and fried fish for this post, it would have been a good idea- perhaps for another time.

When I got this month’s American Gluten Free box and saw the grits I knew I wanted to make Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits. I’ve been craving shrimp and grits for awhile. I’m a sucker for anything with cheese. Plus, there was Pamela’s cornbread mix. It was a perfect combo.

These grits were a bit different than the ones I usually buy, still gluten free, but they are made from rice. I was a bit hesitant at first but turns out they are amazing.

The Delta Blues Rice Grits in this month’s American Gluten Free Box were just as creamy as corn grits but made of United States grown rice. It’s not often that you find American-grown rice, so I was really excited to try them. We are huge rice eaters (blame by Peruvian-Japanese husband, it’s in his blood) so finding a brand that is as local as you can get to us is pretty awesome.

It’s one of the things I love about getting my American Gluten Free box each month, I’m always getting to try new brands that I might not have heard of otherwise.

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits

Quick and Easy

I love dishes that are quick and easy and these Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits fit the bill. The grits take about 20 minutes (about the same time as rice) and shrimp cook really quickly. The corn muffins that we had on the side cooked in about 20 minutes as well so it was definitely an easy dinner.

You may have noticed that with my shrimp, there is also some bacon. Why? Because I am of the opinion that bacon makes everything taste better! I love the salty little bites it adds. Plus, my toddler won’t eat shrimp, but she will eat bacon, so her dish was cheesy grits with bacon!

I hope you love this dish, it may not be completely traditional, but it is delicious and easy to make. Plus, for all of you who can’t have corn, these rice grits are perfect!

If you love rice as much as we do, be sure to check out my Peruvian Arroz con Pollo. This traditional Peruvian Dish is packed full of flavor!

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Happy Gluten Free eating!

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits
Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits
Amanda Kanashiro
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    Cheese Grits
  • 1 cups grits (I used Rice Grits, but corn can be used)
  • 1 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 pieces bacon, cut up
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free cajun seasoning
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

    Cheese Grits
  1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT cheese in a small pot.
  2. Bring to boil over medium heat.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Lower heat to low.
  5. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Add cheese and stir.
  1. Zest lemon until you have about 1/2 a teaspoon.
  2. Sprinkle lemon zest and cajun seasoning over shrimp. Set aside.
  3. Cook bacon in a pan. Remove the bacon, leaving the grease.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan, cook for about 2 minutes on each side over medium heat.
  5. Squeeze lemon over shrimp.
  6. Toss and continue cooking until shrimp are cooked through.
  7. Turn of heat and remove shrimp and add one tablespoon butter to the pan.
  8. Allow butter to melt with lemon juice and seasonings.
  9. Add back shrimp. Stir to coat.
  1. Serve cheese grits topped with shrimp and bacon.

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Tropical Shrimp Salad Stuffed Avocado- Aguacate de Palta

South Florida meets Peru in a twist on Aguacate de Palta with this tropical shrimp salad stuffed avocado.

Tropical Shrimp Salad

Aguacate de Palta

Summer is winding down in South Florida (though you wouldn’t know it with the heat!) and this means the end of avocado and mango season. While the rest of the United States is eating squash, zuchinni and strawberries, we are feasting on more mangoes and avocados than any one person can eat. The only time of year better than mango and avocado season is that one day in January where the temperature goes under 70.

Tropical Shrimp Salad stuffed in fresh Florida avocado, what could be better? Click To Tweet

Unfortunetly summer is ending and we are coming up on the end of the season. In Peru they make a fabulous dish called Aguacate de Palta, which is basically a stuffed avocado. It can be stuffed with anything, chicken salad, tuna salad, but being that it is mango season and I’m living in Miami, I thought a tropical shrimp salad would be amazing inside an avocado.

Tropical Shrimp Salad

Tropical Shrimp Salad

The key to this recipe is the fresh ingredients. The shrimp alone are to die for. Even if you don’t have avocados and mangoes, make the shrimp and just eat them with a fork or put them on tacos. They are that good.

However, if you have access to mangoes and avocados, this is the ultimate in summer dishes. Fresh and light, with sweetness from the mango and tang of lime juice make it perfect. It is a simple dish with complex flavors.

Quality shrimp are crucial to this recipe. Always be sure your shrimp don’t have a fishy smell and clean them well. I would strongly suggest using wild shrimp if you have access to them. They have such a great flavor.

I hope you enjoy this end of summer recipe! Happy gluten free eating!

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