4cupscauliflower ricesee options to make or buy in notes; frozen cauliflower rice does not need to be defrosted but should not have frozen clumps
1cupshredded sharp cheddar cheese4 ounces
Salt and pepper to taste
1poundshrimppeeled and deveined
1TablespoonCajun or blackened spice blend
Optional garnish such as green onion, parsley or crumbled bacon
Cheesy Cauliflower Grits
Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onions and garlic and saute to soften onions, about 3 minutes.
Add cauliflower rice to skillet and stir to combine.
Cover and cook, untouched for about 5 minutes.
Remove the lid, stir, and sprinkle shredded cheese over the cooked cauliflower rice. Stir to blend in the cheese.
Move cauliflower grits to serving dish. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add shrimp, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and Cajun spice to the skillet and thoroughly combine.
Arrange shrimp in a single layer and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes more or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
Spoon shrimp over cauliflower grits and top with optional garnishes.
You'll find more expert tips and step by step pictures above!Cauliflower Rice Options
Note: Traditional "grits" are finer than cauliflower "rice." Feel free to make the rice close to mashed potato consistency if you prefer.
Make it: Cut a head of cauliflower into florets and small pieces of stalk. Place all of the pieces into a food processor and pulse several times or until the cauliflower resembles crumbles or rice. Don't process it too much or it will turn into mushy, puree! A medium head of cauliflower yields about 4 cups of cauli-rice.
Buy it: You'll find bags of fresh cauliflower rice in the produce aisle and frozen crumbles in the freezer section. Look for products that are not salted or seasoned.
Storage and Reheating
Store - Place leftover cheesy cauliflower grits, and/or shrimp, in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat - Warm leftovers in a skillet over medium-high heat until hot. You can also reheat this dish in the microwave until warmed through, which will only take a few minutes.
Freeze - Leftovers may be frozen in an airtight storage container. However, the re-heated dish won't be quite as good as it was fresh. Store up to 3 months. May be microwaved from frozen or defrosted overnight in the refrigerator and then warmed.