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Shrimp & Crispy Fried Grits Bites

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free
Servings: 7


For the grits

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup broth of choice
  • ½ cup corn grits
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter (vegan or regular)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (vegan or regular)
  • cup tapioca flour (or regular all-purpose if not GF)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (regular or GF)
  • cup avocado or vegetable oil (for frying)

For the shrimp

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 15-20 shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • ½ tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp broth of choice
  • 1 tbsp butter (vegan or regular)
  • 2 tbsp green onion, sliced (green part only)
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped


  • Bring water and broth to a boil in a saucepan. Once boiling, add salt, pepper, and grits. Turn heat to low, and cook for 20-25 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently.
  • Add butter and shredded cheese to grits. Stir together until butter and cheese are melted.
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Transfer grits mixture to loaf pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Place in the fridge and let cool for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Slice chilled grits into small squares. Let the grits squares chill in the freezer while you prepare the shrimp.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Leave the grease in the pan.
  • Add shrimp to the pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until shrimp turns pink.
  • Add Cajun seasoning, minced garlic, broth, and butter to the pan. Toss shrimp in sauce. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a bit.
  • To bread our grits squares, coat in flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumbs.
  • Heat avocado oil in a deep pan for frying your grits bites. Once hot, place breaded grits in oil. Fry for ~2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. When done, remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the grease.
  • Assemble your bites: place shrimp on a grits square and secure it with a toothpick. Drizzle sauce over shrimp, and garnish with green onion and parsley.