Cauliflower grits with spicy shrimp is a healthier version of southern comfort food! Sauteed shrimp with bacon, creamy cauliflower grits, and fresh greens.
Are you looking for a healthier way to enjoy some of your favorite comfort food dishes? Today I’m sharing with you a healthy twist on a classic shrimp and grits recipe.
Instead of using grits made from stone-ground cornmeal, I’ve taken cauliflower and turned it into a fresh vegetable loaded side dish that still has the creamy texture you crave. You won’t believe how easy it is to substitute more nutritious ingredients into your meal with just a little creativity. This cauliflower grits recipe served with spicy shrimp will leave you satisfied and nourished.
In the last few years, I’ve completely embraced the versatility of adding cauliflower to various recipes. With just a single head of the cruciferous vegetable, you can create “rice” grains and add creaminess to soups and purees. Some of my favorite ways to use cauliflower are in my shrimp fried rice and cauliflower corn chowder.
How to Make Cauliflower Grits
- Break it Down– For this recipe, I created the cauliflower rice with a simple cheese grater (big holes), or you can quickly process it in a food processor.
- Size- You want them to be about the size of uncooked rice or corn kernels at the biggest.
- Cook- The cauliflower is sautéed until softened and they recreate the smooth and creamy grits texture.
- Texture- I used an immersion blender to quickly pulse some of the cooked cauliflower. I kept some of the rice grains intact, so it gives the slightly rough grit texture. A little bit of cashew milk or dairy milk makes the grits even more flavorful. The cheese is completely optional, just make sure to taste and season the cauliflower grits.
For some classic new southern flavors, the shrimp is tossed in smoky spices and cayenne pepper for a little kick of heat. The shrimp are sautéed with red bell pepper and onion, then hit with a generous amount of lemon juice to brighten the dish.
The last component to make this comforting meal even more healthy is some greens. I choose to use Swiss chard because I like the hint of bitterness and they are in season and gorgeous at our local market. You can substitute kale or other greens of your choice. It only needs a few minutes to cook down.
Now to bring it all together! Each guest gets a generous helping of cheesy grits topped with sautéed greens and spicy shrimp. This shrimp and cauliflower grits recipe is sure to delight without making you feel weighed down. There are always ways to take your most heartwarming dishes and make them more nutritious!
What methods have you used cauliflower to make your meals more healthy? I can’t wait to hear what you tried in the comments section below!
How do you know when shrimp is cooked?
If you want to prevent tough and rubbery shrimp the best tools you have are your senses. The appearance of raw shrimp is typically translucent with a whitish gray colored flesh. As you apply heat, the protein in the shrimp turns to a faint whitish pink color and looks opaque. Shrimp cook extremely fast, you only need a few minutes on each side. Look for the shrimp to form a loose letter “C” shape when properly prepared. A tightly curled shrimp is nearing being overcooked and will toughen in texture the longer it is exposed to heat.