Cauliflower rice replaces grits in this whole30 and paleo version of shrimp and grits. Packed with flavor, this cooks in less than 30 minutes.
I’m winding down January whole 30. I saved one of my favorite recipes for last. Shrimp and ‘grits’. Except it’s not grits it’s riced cauliflower. You won’t miss the grits. Yes I went there. And this is coming from a major grits eater. I LOVE grits. But I’m also committed to January whole 30. Once this cauliflower cooks over a low flame with almond milk and creole seasonings, it very much resembles the taste and texture of grits.
To ‘rice’ your cauliflower – take a head of raw cauliflower, put in the food processor and pulse until it resembles ‘rice’. You can also use a grater but I think the food processor works better. This is what that cauliflower rice looks like going in the pot…
And this is what it looks like after it’s done cooking. Looks like grits, huh?? Please note this does not use the same milk ratio as regular grits.
The real star of this recipe is Emeril’s Creole Essence seasoning. I’ve used it before in several recipes here on the blog like my Slow Cooker Creole Cornish Hens and my Blackened Catfish & Grits. I keep a mason jar of this in my pantry for occasions like this. To blackened the shrimp, season them generously with the creole blend. Add ghee to a skillet over medium-HIGH heat. When it’s nice & hot, add the seasoned shrimp and sear it a few minutes then flip and repeat on the other side.
Emeril’s Creole Essence Seasoning Blend
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
You can use the creole seasoning on both the shrimp and ‘grits’ to keep things simple.
- Over medium heat, add grits ingredients to a small saucepan.
- Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Season shrimp generously with creole seasoning.
- In a medium skillet, melt ghee over medium-high heat.
- Add shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes each side.
- Add grits to a bowl and top with shrimp. Serve immediately.
This is another quick recipe that’s done in less than 30 minutes. It’s whole 30, paleo and low carb!
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