You asked, and I cannot deny you of it. I made a keto-friendly shrimp & grits, and I am not ashamed to show it!
The amount of cheese in this recipe may seem… dramatic. Nonetheless, I am proud of this delicious creation! It pains me to say that I didn’t eat this entire thing in one sitting, instead I ever so kindly left half for my S/O, whom absolutely loathes cauliflower rice. While cauli-rice has been a staple in my diet long before I started keto, my boyfriend describes it as a regretful reminder of every healthy decision he should be making in his life.
But I knew he’d like this.
If you are like me, you are going to want a lot of butter and a LOT of cheese. To create this recipe post, I had to calculate this meal into my Carb Manager. Looking at the calorie count was not enjoyable. So I wrote this recipe out with a reasonable and human-sized portion of cheese, so any extra cheese you add in is on you!
I recommend trying to make this at least 4 servings… I definitely had more than 2 myself, but what are you gonna do? Enjoy!
shrimp & cauliflower grits
2 tbsp Kerry Gold butter or your preference!
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 – 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
dash of parsley flakes
12 oz cauliflower rice
1lb shrimp (cut up into pieces)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
salt & pepper to taste
scallions to top it off
*I used mozz! This is not common in grits, and if you hate it stick with cheddar, but I just looooove the creamy taste of mozzarella cheese and prefer it in almost anything! Also, add more if you are feeling cheesy…
when you start to cook, try to think of risotto. slow and steady wins the race, here.
optional: in a bowl, season the shrimp pieces with creole or your choice of seasoning
in a deep pan melt butter and garlic on a very low heat
stir in 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream & parsley
add salt & pepper (I always suggest seasoning throughout cooking & not just at the end, to really enhance the flavors)
layer in your cauliflower rice and allow the mixture to coat it fully
if you need more heavy whipping cream, add it in a now
allow the cauliflower to soak up the flavor for a few minutes
in a separate pan, cook the shrimp about halfway through then add it into the grits
stir in the cheese slowly
stir, until that shrimp is cooked to perfection and you start getting too hungry to wait.
top off with your garnish! bonus points if you make your own bacon bits to garnish with or mix in!
nutrition facts per serving, serves 4:
6g net carbs (8g total carbs)
approx. 515 calories