Cajun Shrimp & Cauliflower Grits is a dish that packs a punch! Tender shrimp are seared with cajun seasoning and then simmered with light beer and butter to deglaze the pan. Steamed cauliflower is whipped into a fluffy cloud and is the perfect, creamy companion to go with the bold, cajun shrimp.
Let’s Talk Shrimp
First thing’s first for this recipe, shrimp! When it comes to buying shrimp, there are couple good ways to go about it. If you have access to good, quality, fresh shrimp, go for it! Otherwise, there is no shame in grabbing a bag of frozen shrimp. I try to purchase wild caught if available, but always go with a larger shrimp over the smaller ones. Keep a look out for the peeled and deveined versions because you don’t want all the extra work of peeling shrimp!
For me, Costco has been my best bet! They have a great frozen shrimp collection and even fresh shrimp that goes on sale on occasion.
What are Cauliflower Grits?
Secondly, let’s talk about the cauliflower “grits.” I know there are die-hard grits fanatics out there who will tell me until the sun sets that these are not true grits. I know, I know. We all love our original grits, but these cauliflower “grits” sure do make a delicious, healthy alternative! I honestly don’t even miss the starchiness of the grits because the cauliflower holds up so well. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
The cauliflower florets go into a large pot of boiling water for a quick boil. They are then blended with some heavy cream, parmesan cheese and seasonings until decadently creamy. Their creamy taste and texture is the perfect pairing to the boldly flavored shrimp!
Side note: an immersion blender is the easiest way to blend the cauliflower florets together. Otherwise a food processor or blender can be used but may require a little bit more time.
Finally, after the shrimp is sautéd and the cauliflower is blended, it’s time to plate and dig in! The cauliflower grits are the best, creamy base to hold the zesty shrimp. Sprinkle on some chopped green onions and get to eating!
This recipe has become one of our favorites and I hope it does for you too!
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Recipe posted on 03/20/2019 – it has since been updated with new photos and additional words.