Gluten Free Shrimp Scampi

Sometimes you have a meal in a restaurant, and it just sticks in your mind until you finally take the time to recreate it at home.  This is one of those meals.  I love seafood pasta and Shrimp Scampi has to be at the top of my list for all-time favorites.

Did you know this dish is super-fast and easy to prepare?  Yes, a five-star dinner that is quick enough to make on a weeknight!

Dinner for two

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Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup (about half of a 14.5 oz. can) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. white wine
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. gluten free spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp. shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 tbsp. chopped Italian parsley

Preparation:

Heat the olive oil in a nonstick deep skillet or Sauteuse Pan.  Add the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes.  Cook for 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes, salt, and wine.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Heat a large pot of salted water for the spaghetti and bring to a boil.  Add the spaghetti and set your timer for 1 minute less than the package directions.

When you have 8 minutes to go on the spaghetti, add the shrimp to the sauce with the lemon juice.  Cook for 3 minutes then turn to finish.

Drain the spaghetti and add it to the pan with 2 tbsp. unsalted butter.  Cook for 1 minute longer to marry the flavors.

Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh Italian parsley and shaved Parmigiano.

Notes ♪♫ I know the food police will say that combining cheese with seafood flies in the face of Italian culinary tradition.  But when I had this dish at a restaurant, it came topped with Parmesan shavings and let me tell you it was out of this world!  Use the good stuff, real Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved fresh right before serving.  I am 100% Italian and trust me, it’s wonderful.

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Sea Scallops with Cauliflower Mash

Sometimes you need a meal that’s easy on the carbs.  That’s what I’ve made tonight with this simply prepared dish of Sea Scallops served over Cauliflower Mash.  Truth be told, I had something like this at a restaurant years ago, and it has been on my recipe bucket list to make at home.  Gluten free and grain free, it’s a guiltless indulgence.

These days, cauliflower mash is easy to make, thanks to riced cauliflower being widely available in both the produce and freezer section of most grocery stores.  You can grate your own or take a shortcut like I did!  I make cauliflower mash just as I would make mashed potatoes- steam them, then puree with lots of butter, milk or cream, salt, pepper, and chives.  You can add cheese if you like, or sour cream.

So, what did I do to make this dish gluten free?  Nothing.  That’s right, 100% of the ingredients were already gluten free, including that balsamic glaze you see in the photo, which has a gluten free label.

2 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. sea scallops
  • 12 oz. riced cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. shallot seasoning
  • Balsamic glaze
  • fresh chives for garnish

Preparation:

Rinse the cauliflower and steam for 15-20 minutes, until softened.

Add 2 tbsp. butter, milk or cream, generous amount of salt and pepper, garlic granules and shallot seasoning.

Puree with a stick blender and cover to keep warm.

Heat a small skillet with the remaining 1 tbsp. butter.  Pat the scallops dry and add them to the pan.  Cook 3 minutes per side, just enough to get a little color.

To serve, spread the cauliflower mash on the bottom of the plate and top with scallops.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with fresh chives.  I added a side of green beans.

Notes ♪♫ If your scallops are frozen, be sure to defrost them completely before cooking to remove excess liquid.  For both fresh and frozen, be sure to pat dry with paper towel before cooking.  Start with a hot pan, add the butter and then place your scallops in the pan leaving space in between so that when they do release liquid it has room to evaporate.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

I love Asian inspired meals.  This dish satisfies my craving for takeout, which is usually off limits because of the gluten in soy sauce.  Easy to prepare at home, the measurements are approximate, and the recipe is very forgiving.  Substitute chicken, pork or beef for the shrimp and use veggies that you have on hand.  You can also save time by making the rice a day ahead, it’s actually better this way.

3-4 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice (use white rice or brown rice)
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. raw shrimp (about 12 large or 6 colossal) peeled and deveined
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • olive oil
  • toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup each sweet onion, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, peas
  • 2 tbsp. mirin
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground pepper
  • gluten free coconut aminos
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • fresh chives for garnish

Preparation:

Combine the rice with 1 tsp. melted butter in a small saucepan, stirring to coat.  Add the water and salt, cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook according to package directions, about 15 minutes for white rice or 35 minutes for brown.  Chill the rice while you get the rest of the dish ready.

While the rice cooks, chop the veggies into small dice.  Whisk together the mirin, garlic and ginger powders.

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet and cut the chives on the diagonal into 1/2″ pieces.

Peel and devein the shrimp, and sprinkle with coconut aminos.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium low and add 2 tsp. sesame oil.  Cook the shrimp in a single layer just until they turn pink, turning once.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Wipe the skillet clean and add 1 tsp. of butter.  Whisk the egg with 1 tsp. of water and add to the skillet, turning to cook through.  Use a spatula to break the egg into small pieces, then transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

Next, add 2 tbsp. olive oil with 2 tsp. sesame oil to the skillet and cook the veggies.  Give the carrots a few minutes head start, followed by the onion and celery.  Soft veggies like broccoli, peas and mushrooms go in last.  Season with ground pepper, and sprinkle with coconut aminos.

When the veggies are ready, it’s time to put everything together.  Stir in the mirin mixture, then add back the shrimp and egg.

Finally, add the rice and drizzle with 2 tsp. sesame oil and a little more coconut aminos.  Use 2 spatulas to stir and toss everything together until well blended and heated through.

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the chives and toasted sesame seeds.

This is a delicious gluten free meal to add to your weeknight rotation.  Forget takeout!  With endless substitutions to keep it fresh, this will become one of your favorite go-to recipes.

Notes ♪♫ I used Coconut Aminos in this recipe instead of gluten free soy sauce.  We are a low sodium household, and coconut aminos have about a 10th the sodium of regular soy sauce.  If salt is not an issue, you can use gluten free soy sauce or tamari.  Remember, regular soy sauce is fermented in wheat and is not safe for those with Celiac disease.

Originally posted 06/22/2018                     Updated 07/10/2023

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Barramundi with Lemon Butter Sauce

The price of seafood has increased so much this past year!  I still try to incorporate it into our meal plan at least once a week, so I am always on the lookout for a bargain, especially in the frozen section.

That’s where this caught my eye, a 12 oz. package of Barramundi Fillets for less than $10, perfect for seafood night!

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Also known as Asian Sea Bass, this white fish has a firm but delicate texture and a mild, sweet taste.  The wine-lemon-butter sauce really brings out the flavor of this fish without overpowering it.  It can be pan cooked or oven baked in under 30 minutes!

Dinner for two

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a nonstick grill pan or skillet.  Add the fillets, season with Old Bay and cook 5 minutes.

Turn the fish over.  Add the remaining 1 tbsp. butter, wine and juice of 1/2 lemon to the pan.  Cook 5 minutes longer.

Oven Preparation:

Alternately, you can add the fillets, seasoning, wine, lemon and butter to a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400º.

Plate and garnish with fresh chives.  Cut the remaining half lemon into wedges and serve with the fish.

Notes ♪♫ You do not need an array of seasonings or sauces for most seafood dishes.  Keep it simple and let the flavor of the fish take the spotlight.  If you are making a seafood dish and don’t know what seasoning to use, just sprinkle with Old Bay, it is a natural for seafood and has been around (and gluten free) since 1939.

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Gluten Free Baked Stuffed Shrimp

This 5-star entrée has all the makings of a romantic dinner for two.  Dine like a king and queen with this old restaurant favorite made right in your own kitchen, minus the gluten!  The addition of crab meat to the butter and cracker crumb stuffing makes it really special!  Make it tonight for your special someone!

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Dinner for two

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400º.  Mist a baking dish with cooking spray.  Melt butter in a small saucepan and set aside.

Combine the crab meat, garlic powder, Old Bay, and cracker crumbs with 2 tbsp. of butter in a small bowl.

Rinse the shrimp under cold water and remove the shells.  Drain and pat dry.

Lay each shrimp on its side, and run a paring knife along the backside, be careful not to cut all the way through.  Open the shrimp and lay on a clean plate or cutting board.

Remove the dark vein running down the center of the shrimp.

Mound the crab stuffing onto each shrimp.

Arrange the shrimp in the baking dish and drizzle the remaining 2 tbsp. butter over the top.  Sprinkle with more Old Bay seasoning.

Bake for 15 minutes and serve.  This is a filling entrée!  Three shrimp each with a side salad and rice would make a wonderful meal.

Notes ♪♫ For a hearty dinner size portion, choose colossal shrimp (8-12 count).  I always look for sales in the frozen section and stock up when I can.  Thaw in the refrigerator and rinse under cold water to remove the shells.

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Gluten Free Catfish with Cornmeal Breading

I love Catfish!  We don’t often see it at the market, just a short time each year when in season.  When it does become available, this is how I like to prepare it.

First, I soak the Catfish in milk for 30 minutes.  Milk tenderizes the fish and gives it a milder flavor.  Then, after dredging in a seasoned cornmeal breading, I pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes.  Finally, the fish is cooked quickly on a buttered griddle.  It is nice and crispy on the outside, moist and flaky on the inside.

Is Breaded Catfish gluten free?

To make this recipe gluten free, the only change needed was to substitute a gluten free flour for regular in the cornmeal breading.

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Add 1/2 cup of milk to a 9 x 13″ glass baking dish and season with Old Bay.  Soak the catfish in milk for 30 minutes, turning once.

In a large plate, combine the rice flour and cornmeal.  Sprinkle with Old Bay.

Dredge the catfish in the cornmeal mixture, pressing gently to coat both sides.  Transfer to a clean plate and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes (this helps the breading to adhere).

Melt 1 tbsp. of butter on a nonstick griddle pan, electric griddle or skillet.  Cook the catfish 5 minutes per side, adding another tbsp. of butter when you turn the fillets.

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with fresh chives.

What goes well with Catfish?  In keeping with the Southern vibe of this meal, I made a side of Gluten Free Corn Cakes.  Check out the recipe here!

Notes: ♪♫ Be sure to choose cornmeal with the gluten free label (some are processed alongside wheat products and may not be safe for those with Celiac).  I like to use Arrowhead Mills Corn Meal, organic and certified gluten free.

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Gluten Free Salmon Burgers

Since I began my gluten free journey, one of the things I miss most is being able to just go out for a sandwich.  A few restaurants do offer gluten free buns, but even then, gluten is lurking everywhere!  Toppings, breadcrumbs, binders, fillers, sauces and even seasonings may contain hidden gluten.  One of my favorite local chains has the best salmon burgers, but of course they are now off limits for me.  I’m feeling deprived!  So, this week I decided to create a copycat version of this awesome sandwich at home.  Here’s how!

4 Servings

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

I used fresh salmon, so that I could freeze 2 burgers for another meal.  If you are not going to freeze them, you can use frozen salmon.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350º.   Bake the salmon for 15 minutes.  Cool slightly then remove the skin.  It should peel off easily.  Use a fork to flake the fish and let it cool to room temperature.

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a small stainless-steel skillet over medium low.  Add the minced onions and cook until they begin to brown and caramelize.  They will cook down to about 1/4 cup.  Remove, set aside and cool to room temperature.

Whisk together the egg, mayo, onion, chives, Worcestershire, lemon juice and seasoning.

Add the flaked salmon.  Be sure it has cooled to room temperature, so the egg doesn’t cook.

Next add the potato flakes and gluten free Panko.  Stir and use a fork to blend everything together thoroughly.  Don’t overwork it.

You should have enough to form 4 generous sized patties.

I used a hamburger press to make them nice and even.  Mist the press with cooking spray first to help the patties release.

I placed the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment to make them easier to handle.  Keep them refrigerated until ready to cook.  You can also freeze them at this point.  Let them freeze on the sheet so they keep their shape, then wrap them individually and store in a freezer bag.

To cook, brush a grill pan with a little olive oil and cook the patties 5 minutes per side over medium heat.  The patties are delicate, so handle them gently with a wide spatula.

Add your favorite gluten free bun and there you are.  This is one of my favorite restaurant meals that was just waiting for a gluten free makeover.  Now I can enjoy a salmon burger at home any time.

I hope that you enjoyed this recipe.  My gluten eating husband also thought these Salmon Burgers were great, just like the restaurant version!  So don’t feel deprived!  Try the recipe at your house and let me know what you think!

Notes ♪♫ I see you ogling that gluten free bun!  My own flour blend, it’s a nice big bun that you will love for all your burgers and sandwiches!  Get the recipe here!

This post was originally published on 07/06/2018.  While the photos have been updated over the years (as I become a better photographer!), the recipe itself has not changed.  

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls are bursting with vibrant color and flavor!  Rice bowls are turning up on restaurant menus everywhere, and many are gluten free.  I’ve been wanting to make something like this at home and today was my first attempt.  The ingredients are simple but flavorful.  A light and refreshing meal, perfect for summer evenings!

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2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1/3 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1 lb. shrimp (about 14 large), peeled and deveined
  • 1 lime
  • 8 slices zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 8 slices summer squash, cut into half moons
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. onion granules
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:

  1. Whisk together 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili, 1/4 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. onion granules, 1/4 tsp. oregano.  This mixture will be used to season the shrimp and veggies.
  2. Cut the lime in half.  Slice one half for serving and reserve the other half for juicing.
  3. Combine the white rice, corn, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.  Season with 1/4 tsp. oregano, 1/8 tsp. salt.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Slice the zucchini and summer squash and cut slices into half-moons.  Toss with olive oil and 1/4 tsp. of the seasoning mixture.
  5. Defrost the shrimp (if frozen) by running under cool water.  Peel and devein, then toss with olive oil and 1/4 tsp. of the spice blend.

6. Preheat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium flame and brush with oil.  Cook the squash and shrimp for 8 minutes, turning once.  Finish with a squeeze of lime juice.

7. Stir 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro into the rice.  To plate, divide the rice mixture between 2 serving bowls.  Arrange half the shrimp and squash beside the rice.

8. Sprinkle with more spice, and garnish with fresh cilantro and lime slices.

Notes ♪♫ This Mexican Spice Blend is my “go-to” for dishes like this one.  No need to buy more expensive blends when you can easily stir this together from individual ingredients that can be used in other recipes.

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Gluten Free Seafood Casserole

When you think of a casserole, do you imagine a heavy, calorie laden meal full of butter, cheese and cream of something-or-other?  Not this one!  Enjoy a lightened up, Gluten Free Seafood Casserole with all the flavor you crave and a fraction of the calories.  The rice and orzo combination is reminiscent of the packaged rice pilaf mix, but it’s completely gluten free.

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I made this dish with ingredients from my pantry, so no extra trips to the store.  For the fish, I used this Frozen Seafood Medley from Whole Foods (availability varies, see notes), which made the meal extra easy to prepare.  For the pilaf, I used Delallo Gluten Free Orzo, which I always have on hand for soup, and for the crumb topping I used Schar Gluten Free Entertainment CrackersOld Bay Seasoning is a natural for seafood dishes and it has always been a part of my spice collection.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

I defrosted the fish in a bowl of milk, about 3/4 cup of 1% milk for 1 lb. of fish.  The milk lends a milder taste and texture to many types of seafood, the squid rings especially will benefit from a short soak.  Cover and let the fish defrost at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

To begin preparing the casserole, cook the rice in 1/2 cup chicken broth with seasoning of choice, 15 minutes.  Transfer the cooked rice to a bowl, cover and keep warm.

Next, cook the orzo in 3/4 cup water with seasoning of choice, 10 minutes.  If the pasta water looks gummy, drain and rinse the orzo under warm water before adding it to the rice.

Drain and rinse the seafood under cold water.

Heat 1 tbsp. butter in a braising pan or oven proof skillet.  Add the celery and cook on low heat for 2 minutes.

Add the fish to the pan and season with Old Bay.  Cook for 2 minutes.  The fish does not have to be cooked through at this point, it will finish in the oven.

Add the zucchini slices to the pan, along with the rice and orzo mixture.  Sprinkle more Old Bay, then add a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 cup 1% milk.  Stir well to combine.  Pulse gluten free crackers in a processer or electric chopper (or just crumble them with your hands).  Spread the cracker crumbs over the casserole and dot with butter, about 2 tbsp.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350º.

Garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes ♪♫ I love the flavors in this casserole.  You can change up the seafood to suit your taste.  The seafood medley from Whole Foods was delicious, but you could make your own mixture of shrimp, scallops and squid.  Add more shellfish, or a flaky white fish like cod or flounder.  I had zucchini in the fridge so that is what I used, but you can sub other quick cooking veggies like asparagus or broccoli.  Use your favorites and make it your own!

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Shrimp and Roasted Vegetables

Did you ever have a restaurant meal that was so delicious you were inspired to recreate it at home?  This is one of those meals, after just one taste I knew that I had to make it myself!  An elegant dinner for two, it is both comfort food and fine dining rolled into one!  The steps are easy to follow and the results are impressive.  It’s a bit time consuming for a week night, but you can speed things up by making the risotto ahead of time.  I also used a bit of  butternut squash left over from another meal, and for a special garnish, I toasted a few pumpkin seeds.

Dinner for 2 ????

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Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 medium cauliflower, chopped into uniform pieces
  • 1/3 cup pureed butternut squash (reserved from another meal)
  • 1 cup cooked risotto, (see basic preparation here)
  • Old Bay® seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cups gluten free chicken broth, or more as needed
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds for garnish

Preparation:

Chop the cauliflower into uniform size pieces, about 1-1/4″.  Rinse, toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil, and season with Old Bay.  Roast at 425º for 20 minutes.  You should see some browning around the edges.

Heat a cast iron braiser pan or heavy skillet with 1 tbsp. butter.  Add the shrimp and peas, and sprinkle with Old Bay.

Cook the shrimp for several minutes, just until they turn pink.

Add the roasted cauliflower to the skillet.

Warm the cooked risotto in a small sauce pan with the remaining 1 tbsp. of butter, then stir in the butternut squash puree.  If it’s too thick add 1/3 cup chicken broth.

To plate, make a bed of risotto and top with the shrimp and veggies.  Garnish with a few pumpkin seeds.

Isn’t that beautiful?  What a great meal for date night. ????  I think it was even better than the restaurant version!  If you’re hesitant about making risotto be sure to give my Basic Risotto recipe a quick read.  It’s easy and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Originally posted 9/08/2019                                               Updated 2/03/2022

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