The runt of the sea
Delicious as can be
Pair with grits
For that paleo
Use tigernut alternatively
A bit of avocado to garnish
Add beautiful color
Creamy to match
That wonderful consistency
A perfect blend
To warm the soul
And fill the palette with delight
Those little swimmers’ size
Now feels just right
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- 1 lb of peeled wild shrimp (thawed if frozen, patted dry/drained)
- For the shrimp batter:
- ½ c cassava flour
- ½ c tigernut flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tb olive oil
- ½ c -1 c water
- 1 cup olive, avocado oil, ghee, coconut oil or mix of any for frying
- For the grits:
- 1.5 c cassava meal (*NB this is different/coarser than cassava flour)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 4 tb nutritional yeast
- 3 tb ghee (AIP re-intro) or olive oil
- 4-6 c water
- 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
- ½ tsp ground turmeric (optional, adds the yellow color but maybe a bit too yellow for my liking)
- scallions or avocado for garnish
- Add grits ingredients to a medium-sized pot and whisk until smooth (start with 4 cups of water). Cook over low heat until grits have thickened (if they thicken too much, add more water). Season to taste and leave on low heat while preparing shrimp.
- Mix shrimp batter ingredients with whisk (start with ½ c water and then add more - depending on your brand of cassava flour you may need more than indicated here, the batter should have a liquid, pancake-batter-ish consistency).
- Heat up cooking oil in small pot over medium heat. Oil is ready when a drop of water spatters.
- Drench shrimp in batter and fry a few at a time (I did mine in batches of 4, better not to overcrowd). If you're shallow-frying, make sure to turn the shrimp with a fork once one side has browned.
- When shrimp coating has browned and shrimp are white (3-6 min), remove from oil and drain on a rack/paper towel.
- Serve shrimp on top of warm grits, garnish with scallions/avocado if you choose and be ready to eat right away cuz these suckers are too good to leave for one second cold and/or neglected. 😉
This post has been shared on Phoenix Helix’s Paleo Roundtable.