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Whole30 healthy shrimp and grits in a bowl with skillet to the side

Healthy Shrimp and "Grits" (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)

Spicy, tender shrimp in a rich, simple sauce over garlicky, creamy cauliflower "grits." What could be better? Whole30, keto, low carb, paleo.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, shrimp, whole30
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 510 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning without salt
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter

Cauliflower "Grits"

  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen cauliflower
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and bring to a boil. Place the frozen cauliflower in a steamer basket and top with 1 large clove garlic, chopped. Cover and steam until tender.

  2. When tender, place the steamed cauliflower and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and add ghee or butter. Do not get rid of the steaming water! Blitz until almost the desired texture. Add salt and a bit of the steaming water, if desired, and process again until the desired consistency.

  3. Meanwhile, make your shrimp. Pat dry and sprinkle very liberally with Cajun seasoning. You want the shrimp to be almost entirely coated, so don't skimp out here! We probably use about 2-3 tablespoons of seasoning. If your Cajun seasoning does not include salt, salt the shrimp now as well.

  4. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee or butter in a large skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is very hot, add the shrimp and cook for a minute or two, or until the bottom side begins turning pink. Flip the shrimp and cook until the bottom side is turning pink. When the shrimp are no longer translucent down the middle, where they've been deveined, remove from the skillet immediately.

  5. Spoon the cauliflower "grits" into serving bowls and top with half of the shrimp. Pour the ghee and Cajun seasoning "sauce" from the cast-iron skillet over serving bowls. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

*I make this Cajun seasoning recipe at home.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Shrimp and "Grits" (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 648mg216%
Sodium 1767mg77%
Potassium 341mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 3450IU69%
Vitamin C 9.3mg11%
Calcium 345mg35%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.