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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!

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4.34 from 6 votes

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits


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

  • Combine all ingredients EXCEPT cheese in a small pot.
  • Bring to boil over medium heat.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Lower heat to low.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add cheese and stir.


  • Zest lemon until you have about 1/2 a teaspoon.
  • Sprinkle lemon zest and cajun seasoning over shrimp. Set aside.
  • Cook bacon in a pan. Remove the bacon, leaving the grease.
  • Add the shrimp to the pan, cook for about 2 minutes on each side over medium heat.
  • Squeeze lemon over shrimp.
  • Toss and continue cooking until shrimp are cooked through.
  • Turn of heat and remove shrimp and add one tablespoon butter to the pan.
  • Allow butter to melt with lemon juice and seasonings.
  • Add back shrimp. Stir to coat.


  • Serve cheese grits topped with shrimp and bacon.

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    January 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

    How many portions/ people does recipe serve? Can’t find thar information anywhere.

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      January 2, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Hi! It serves about four. I need to update servings on recipes. Enjoy!

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    Daniela Anderson
    June 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I absolutely love shrimps, and no matter how you cook them, the dishes always turn out delicious and pretty posh. I would have this dish anytime, it’s the kind of food you go back to again and again.

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    Molly Kumar
    June 21, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Grits are my goto meals when I’m cooking for one or just the two of us. So easy and delicious and loving your recipe combination with shrimp + bacon – Yummm !

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    Adriana Lopez Martn
    June 21, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Pure southern comfort and a classic those shrimps looks so godo over the creamy polenta/grits. And the bacon just makes it more special.

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    June 21, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Growing up in the mid-west, I was never a fan of grits. However, after moving to the south, I love to eat them now. The hubs loves shrimp and I’ll have to try this recipe for him soon, yum!

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    Uma Srinivas
    June 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t eat shrimp. but My lots of friends eat, I will pass on to them if they want to. Easy and homemade recipes always fun.

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    Veena Azmanov
    June 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I must admit I have not made grits myself ever before. I’ve eaten it only in restaurants! I must look for it here. Would be a nice change to try. This looks yum and I love Shrimps.

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    June 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I am really intrigued by rice grits. My daughter has Celiac so corn grits and polenta are a staple in our diet, but rice grits sound interesting!

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    Noel Lizotte
    June 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    This northern girl loves cheesy grits! So nice to see a gluten free option… and loaded up with protein makes it a meal!

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    June 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

    The rice grits are something new for me. But everything looks delicious. I especially love how easy your recipe is!

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    Erica D
    June 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve never made grits before and this makes me want them so bad! Your stuff always looks so good!

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    Sharon @ What The Fork
    May 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This looks like such a delicious dish!

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    Megan M
    May 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I love cheesy grits, too! So good topped with just about anything – looking forward to this version!

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    May 29, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I love shrimp and grits and it’s not something you find in Minnesota. I’ll definitely have to make this recipe!

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      May 30, 2017 at 11:41 am

      It’s so easy! Enjoy!

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    May 24, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    YUM! I’m not from the south, but I’ve been living in the south for a while (thanks to the Army!) and let me say, ya’ll have some of the BEST FOOD. Whenever we go to a restaurant, Shrimp and Grits are always my go to meal to order.
    I have yet to find the confidence to make this dish!

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    May 24, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    looks really good, perfect for lunch

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    Brandi Crawford
    May 24, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I’m a huge fan of fried fish and cheese grits as well! I love it for brunch. These gluten-free grits have me intrigued! I may have to try them out.

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    May 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    May 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Yum! This looks so good.

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    Diana Johnson
    May 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve never heard of rice grits, or serving shrimp with grits. This looks incredible, though!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    May 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Love shrimp and grits! So tasty with the cheddar cheese added

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    May 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried rice grits. This recipe looks super tasty.

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    May 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I loooove shrimp and grits! Every time I go to the south I make sure to order it. Yum! Going to dry to make a dairy free version of this 🙂

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