Grilled Queso Panela With Shrimp and Roasted Tomatillo and Poblano Salsa

I received Tomatillo y Poblano salsa from the Bernard family and needless to say that the entire jar is GONE! It goes well with so many things… the flavor is full and the heat is medium, just right. When I was thinking “outside the jar”, I wanted to make something unique with a flavor profile that reminded me of summer. Shrimp and queso panela were the perfect combo for this simple dish with an impressive presentation. You can make this for a night at home to share, accompanied with fresh warm corn tortillas, or for company to really WOW your crowd. Alternatively, this can be made using homemade tomatillo salsa, however, Bernard’s salsa is absolutely deliciously and I highly recommend checking out their website!

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 12 ounces queso panela, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 6-8 extra large brown gulf shrimp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 tablespoons Tomatillo y Poblano Salsa
  • Corn tortillas, for serving


  • Light one bbq pit full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes.  Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill cheese slices until browned on both sides, 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from grill. *alternatively can be grilled on a well oiled cast iron grill.
  • Toss shrimp in 1 tbsp salsa and 1 tbsp olive oil. In sauté pan, or on your bbq pit, cook shrimp until pink on both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spread a layer of salsa on the bottom of a shallow dish or plate. Nestle cheese in salsa. Add the cooked shrimp on top of cheese. Spoon salsa and cilantro on top and serve immediately with warm tortillas.

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