gluten free shrimp in a pan

Gluten Free Shrimp: A Delicious Treat for Any Busy Weeknight

Gluten free wild shrimp is a delightful dish that’s perfect for all of us who adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle, and who are also dairy-free, even paleo diets. With a few simple ingredients like fresh garlic, olive oil, and coconut milk, you can whip up an amazing shrimp meal in just 30 minutes. Pegs shares this delicious quick recipe with also some valuable tips, including how to thaw frozen shrimp, clean and devein shrimp as well as answers some frequently asked questions you might have. 

Curry Girls Kitchen’s favorite shrimp to eat is Patagonian Wild Shrimp! We purchase this shrimp from our seafood fish monger at our local farmers market. However you too can order these amazingly delicious shrimps, and they ship directly to you! Check out Dry Dock Fish company. Their wild-caught Patagonian Red Shrimp is from the clean waters of Patagonia. These shrimps are amazing and taste like lobster! They are 100% wild, free from any fillers typically found in some frozen products. They are so easy to prepare as they arrive raw, completely peeled, de-veined and ready for a very QUICK sauté. We love the fresh taste and texture of wild red shrimp!

We feel strongly about choosing wild shrimp over farmed raised.  Farm raised vs. wild shrimp is very different. It’s good to know where your shrimp comes from. There are countries that still use banned chemicals and pesticides in conventional shrimp farming and don’t adhere to food safety laws. These contaminated shrimps end up on our plates. The quality and nutrient value varies greatly depending on where the shrimp comes from. Wild shrimp is a nutrient rich food source. Farm raised shrimp have been known to be farmed in contaminated tanks with antibiotics and other additives. If sourced from other countries, many foreign countries do not uphold the same fishing standards as the US. Knowing where your shrimp comes from, the waters they are raised in, and how they are ethically sourced is important for our health.

By choosing companies such as Dry Dock Fish Co. or Vital Choice,  that sell quality seafood you are voting for ethical standards and healthier means for eating quality seafood. Another option is, if you live near a Trader Joe’s, try their Wild frozen Argentinan Red Shrimp!

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Easy Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp

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Enjoy this simple and delicious recipe for Gluten Free Shrimp!

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


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  • 1 lb. pre-cooked or raw wild shrimp (you can use bags of frozen wild shrimp, just make sure to thaw them before cooking. See details below how to thaw shrimp.
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined cold-pressed organic olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk or 4 oz. can coconut cream
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Gluten Free pasta, Veggie Rice or Risotto


  1. Prepare the Shrimp: 
    • If using bags of frozen wild shrimp, thaw frozen shrimp properly. 
      • For immediate use: place bag of shrimp in cold water to thaw for about an hour.  Once thawed, it’s ready to use. If not using shrimp right away, keep refrigeratored up to 24 hours until you cook it.  
      • Another option: thaw the frozen bag of shrimp in a bowl and allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. 
      • If using fresh shrimp: carefully remove the tale and head. Carefully remove the black vein that runs through the back of the shrimp. Rinse and keep refrigerated until ready to cook.
  2. Cook the Garlic: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the fresh garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add the Shrimp: Add the shrimp, to the pan and cook covered for 2-3 minutes, or until they turn pink.
  4. Add the Coconut Milk: Pour in the coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with fresh ground pepper to taste.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your gluten-free shrimp over gluten free pad Thai noodles, Butenese Red rice or in a stir fry. Enjoy!
  • Author: Curry Girls Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Nutritional Value of Shrimp?

Shrimp is low in calories and provides a healthy dose of protein and vitamins. More details can be found here.

Can I Use Pre-Cooked Shrimp?

Absolutely! Pre-cooked shrimp can cut down on cooking time, making this a perfect dish for a busy weeknight. I prefer using Wild shrimp.

Is Coconut Milk a Must?

While coconut milk adds a lovely flavor, you can substitute it with butter, or a dairy-free alternative butter for a creamy texture.

What if I Have a Shellfish Allergy?

If you or a family member has a shellfish allergy, it’s best to avoid this recipe. More about the signs of shellfish allergy can be found here.

If you love shrimp like we do, here are a few more tasty gluten free shrimp recipes from your Curry Girls:

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Pink Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp

Risotto la Mar

Shrimp Pad Thai

Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Perfect for Any Dietary Needs

This gluten-free shrimp recipe is not only easy to prepare but also versatile. You can adapt it to fit paleo or dairy-free dietary needs as well. Fresh uncooked wild shrimp can be found in your grocery store’s seafood section, or you may opt for a bag of frozen wild shrimp for convenience. We love having frozen shrimp on hand for a quick meal anytime.

The blend of fresh garlic, coconut milk, and olive oil creates a flavorful experience along with the juices the shrimp emits once cooked. Save the liquid when you cook your shrimp!  It’s a dish that’s sure to please. Plus, with a preparation and cook time of just 30 minutes or less, this dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Other Favorite Ways to Serve Gluten Free Shrimp

Shrimp is versatile and can be served in countless other delicious ways:

  1. Shrimp Tacos: Season shrimp with a southwest seasoning, use gluten-free tortillas and your favorite toppings.
  2. Shrimp Salad: Grilled Shrimp is a perfect salad topper added with fresh veggies for a healthy, quick gluten-free meal.
  3. Shrimp Stir Fry: Combine shrimp with gluten-free soy sauce wheat free tamari or Coconut aminos, fresh garlic and or ginger and vegetables.

There are so many wonderful options for Gluten Free Shrimp! There are many gluten-free shrimp recipes to choose from to fit your preferences and dietary needs.

We hope we’ve inspired you to try one of our many tasty gluten free shrimp recipes 

Gluten free shrimp is a delightful dish that’s sure to please. With simple ingredients and a quick cooking time, it’s perfect for any busy weeknight. Whether you follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, or paleo diet, this recipe has something to offer everyone. Don’t forget to consult the recipe card below for a printable version and explore the provided links for more insights into shrimp’s nutritional value, shellfish allergies, and favorite serving methods.

For more wonderful recipes, watch Megs and Pegs on our YouTube channel or if you haven’t checked out Pegs Damn Good Gluten Free cookbook, its filled with 140 delectable customizable recipes your whole family will love! 


Here at Curry Girls Kitchen, we are passionate about promoting healthy living and providing helpful tips, courses, cooking classes and supportive coaching programs for maintaining a delicious gluten-free lifestyle. We also have the best gluten free “how to road map” cookbook, Damn Good Gluten Free! To learn more about our healthy living resources and get delicious gluten-free recipes, make sure to sign up for our Curry Girls Kitchen newsletter.

Happy Cooking!


Pegs and Megs

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