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Shrimp Grilled Cheese

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Shrimp Grilled Cheese – Parmesan topped sourdough bread surrounds garlic and lemon infused Gruyere and Mozzarella cheeses and tender shrimp to create a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich to remember!

Two halves of a shrimp grilled cheese stacked on top of each other on a blue plate with a second sandwich and glass of white wine in the background.

This is definitely not your average grilled cheese. Imagine the flavors of a Shrimp Scampi Pizza recreated in an easy to prepare sandwich that can be made in an air fryer on on top of the stove any day of the week!

Shrimp Scampi Grilled Cheese ingredients:

  • sourdough bread is easy to find in your local grocery store, but would also be delicious with sliced French, whole wheat or brioche.
  • shredded Gruyere and mozzarella cheese for a tangy and stretchy filling.
  • cocktail shrimp – they are already cooked and peeled so you just need to heat them up.
  • butter and oil to sauté the garlic and lemon zest, and lemon juice for an added punch of flavor.
  • grated Parmesan cheese and softened butter to spread on the bread to make it extra crispy and delicious.
Tiny shrimp, garlic, olive oil, butter, grated cheeses, and slices of bread in small white bowls.

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How to make shrimp grilled cheese

In an air fryer:

Melt two tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until aromatic, about one minute.

Butter, oil, and minced garlic in a small skillet.

Stir in the lemon zest and cook for one additional minute.

Melted butter, oil, minced garlic, and lemon zest in a small skillet.

Add the shrimp and cook until heated through.

Cocktail shrimp and garlic butter mixture in a small skillet.

Pour the shrimp mixture into a bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and allow to cool while grating the cheeses.

Shrimp and garlic butter mixture in a glass bowl.

Stir in the grated Gruyere and mozzarella cheese, and ground pepper.

Shrimp, garlic butter, lemon and grated cheeses mixed together in a glass bowl.

Spread softened butter on the outside of each slice of bread. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and lightly press down into the butter so it sticks.

Two slices of bread topped with softened butter and grated Parmesan cheese laying on a white cutting board.

Flip two slices over, butter side down, and top with half of the shrimp and cheese mixture.

Shrimp mixture spread on top of one slice of bread.

Top with the second slice of bread, butter side up.

Turn the air fryer ON and set the the time for 5 minutes at 400 degrees using the ROAST or GRILL setting.

Air Fryer set to Roast for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.

When it beeps, place the sandwiches inside the basket and push in to secure.

Two shrimp sandwiches placed inside an air fryer basket.

Cook for 3 minutes then flip the sandwiches over. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the air fryer beeps that it is done. If not done to you liking, set the time for an additional one to two minutes and check again.

Two shrimp grilled cheese sandwiches in an air fryer basket.

On the stove:

Place the sandwiches on a heated non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bottom side is crispy and golden, flip over and continue cooking until the second side is golden.

Remove from the basket/skillet and serve immediately.

One half of a shrimp grilled cheese laying against the second half on a blue plate.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • I love the flavor combination of the Gruyere and mozzarella cheeses, but feel free to play with other types of cheese that you like.
  • Yes you can use larger shrimp if you prefer. Simply place the peeled, deveined shrimp in the garlic butter mixture and cook until pink and opaque.

Recipe modifications:

  • Feel free to add chopped green onions or Italian parsley to the cheese mixture.
  • For a true shrimp scampi flavor, add a tablespoon white wine to the skillet when you add the shrimp.
  • You can always add more garlic and/or lemon for even more flavor.

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Two halves of a shrimp grilled cheese stacked on top of each other on a blue plate with a second sandwich and glass of white wine in the background.

Shrimp Grilled Cheese

Shrimp Grilled Cheese – Parmesan topped sourdough bread surrounds garlic and lemon infused Gruyere and Mozzarella cheeses and tender shrimp to create a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich to remember!
4.60 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: gourmet grilled cheese sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 1056kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Air Fryer or Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 6 ounces cocktail shrimp peeled, deveined, cooked – about 1.25 cups
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • .75 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • .75 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • .25 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Melt two tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until aromatic, about one minute. Stir in the lemon zest and cook for one additional minute.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until heated through.
  • Pour the shrimp mixture into a bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and allow to cool while grating the cheeses.
  • Stir in the grated Gruyere and mozzarella cheese, and ground pepper.
  • Spread softened butter on the outside of each slice of bread. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and lightly press down into the butter so it sticks.
  • Flip two slices over, butter side down, and top with half of the shrimp and cheese mixture.
  • Top with the second slice of bread, butter side up.

In an Air Fryer

  • Turn the air fryer ON and set the the time for 5 minutes at 400 degrees using the ROAST or GRILL setting.
  • When it beeps, place the sandwiches inside the basket and push in to secure.
  • Cook for 3 minutes then flip the sandwiches over. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the air fryer beeps that it is done. If not done to you liking, set the time for an additional one to two minutes and check again.

On the Stove

  • Place the sandwiches on a heated non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bottom side is crispy and golden, flip over and continue cooking until the second side is golden.
  • Remove from the basket/skillet and serve immediately.

Notes

  • I love the flavor combination of the Gruyere and mozzarella cheeses, but feel free to play with other types of cheese that you like.
  • Yes you can use larger shrimp if you prefer. Simply place the peeled, deveined shrimp in the garlic butter mixture and cook until pink and opaque.
  • Feel free to add chopped green onions or Italian parsley to the cheese mixture.
  • For a true shrimp scampi flavor, add a tablespoon white wine to the skillet when you add the shrimp.
  • You can always add more garlic and/or lemon for even more flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 1056kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 360mg | Sodium: 1824mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1418IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 1079mg | Iron: 7mg

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