Spicy Shrimp And Cauliflower Grits

Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits are easy enough for a busy weeknight, tasty enough for company and the perfect recipe for a low-carb, gluten-free diet!

Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits Recipe

Just because the lazy days of summer are waning and the back-to-school season is knocking at the door, doesn’t mean dinners are destined to become…well, boring! Dinner should still be a time to enjoy tasty food and reconnect. A brief respite from schedules and to do lists. Now that my girls are teens (yikes!) I appreciate this time together more than ever!

However…hectic schedules do call for easy meals and strategies to getter dinner on the table fast!

This month The Recipe Redux is showcasing recipes that will get families back to the dinner table. Check out the links below for recipes that are healthy, delicious, easy and never boring!

Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits Tips

My contribution this month is spicy shrimp and cheesy cauliflower grits. It’s a makeover of a family favorite.

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

Instead of hominy or grits, this recipe uses cauliflower “rice.” I am a huge fan of cauliflower rice because:

  • It can be processed (in a food processor) into rice and frozen until needed.
  • It defrosts quickly.
  • It cooks in minutes, and
  • It is healthy, gluten-free and low-carb!

(If you’re a fan too, check out Curried Cauliflower Rice and Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza Bites!)

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

The cauliflower “grits” are mixed with sauteed onions, garlic and sharp cheddar cheese and they are delish! I could eat the entire serving plate, except that would be an entire head of cauliflower. So, I share!

Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits Recipe

The other time-saving feature of this recipe is shrimp. I always keep a bag in the freezer because shrimp cooks in a matter of minutes! These are seasoned with a Cajun spice mix. If you are inclined to mix up your blend, try this one used in spicy roasted chick peas.

We’ve already welcomed the start of the new school year and our schedule is more predictable. But, I’m more determined than ever to keep our dinner rotation healthy and full of fun!

Spicy Shrimp And Cauliflower Grits
Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits are easy enough for a busy weeknight, tasty enough for company and the perfect recipe for a low-carb, gluten-free diet!
  • 1 head of cauliflower to yield 4 cups of cauliflower rice
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun spice
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (we used turkey bacon)
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  1. Cut cauliflower florets from center stalk.
  2. Process florets in a food processor until they resemble "rice."
  3. Set rice aside.
  4. Add shrimp, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and Cajun spice to a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. Heat remaining oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  6. Add onions and garlic and sautee for about 3 minutes or until onions are soft.
  7. Add cauliflower rice to pan and stir to combine.
  8. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
  9. Stir cheese into cauliflower rice.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Move rice to serving dish.
  12. Add shrimp to skillet and cook over medium-high heat in a single layer for 3 minutes.
  13. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes more or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  14. Spoon shrimp over cauliflower rice and top with bacon and green onion.

I hope you enjoy Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits and be sure to check out all the other delicious recipes below!




Spicy Shrimp and Cheesy Cauliflower Grits Recipe

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  1. What a great use for cauliflower! Yum!

  2. I’ve only made cauliflower rice once and I am really missing out on some great recipes from what I can see. This looks amazing!! And I love your tip about processing it then freezing it. I am going to do that!

  3. What a great alternative to the classic! I’ll have to try this one out soon.

  4. Such a fun idea to use cauliflower! Looks delicious!

  5. I’m allergic to shrimp but I love the idea of cauliflower grits.

  6. Ginny McMeans says:

    How wonderful that this recipe if also gluten-free!

  7. Such a great idea – using cauliflower to make grits!

  8. This is so creative! Great idea!

  9. I love that this is low carb and I absolutely love shrimp. This recipe is a winner in every way. Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is total comfort in a bowl to me! Love that you made in lower in carbs using cauliflower!

  11. How inventive to turn cauliflower rice into cauliflower grits. This recipe looks totally delicious!

  12. Cauliflower grits? I can’t wait to try these!!!

  13. Has anyone figured out the nutritional info for this recipe? Looks amazing, can’t wait to try it.

  14. How many servings does this recipe yield? Can’t wait to try it!

  15. How many servings does the spicy shrimp recipe yield? Can’t wait to try it!