Here's my keto take on shrimp and grits using cauliflower. The shrimp are spice crusted and cooked in ghee, and served with creamy and cheesy cauliflower grits. So good you won't even realize it's keto.
each smoked paprika onion powder, & garlic powder
Start off by grating the cauliflower on the largest setting of a box grater or by using the grater attachment of the food processor. The texture is much better than buying pre-made riced cauliflower from the store. Preheat a wide pot or pan with high sides over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onions, ½ teaspoon salt, a couple cracks of pepper, and cook for 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 3-4 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the riced cauliflower along with ½ teaspoon of salt, a few cracks of pepper, and mx well. Cook for 8-10 minutes so some of the moisture from the cauliflower can cook off.
Meanwhile, pat the moisture off the shrimp using a couple layers of paper towels, it’s important they are dry. Season the shrimp with 2 teaspoons of oil, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, and mix well. Let sit at room temperature while you proceed with the grits.
Add the veggie stock and coconut milk, mix well and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to a low simmer and cook for 25 minutes with the lid off, stirring often. Check for seasoning after 15 minutes, you will need more salt, but not too much because the cheese is salty. After 25 minutes, turn the heat off and add the grated cheese, parsley, and mix well. Check for seasoning and adjust if needed. Cover the grits and set aside.
To cook the shrimp, preheat a large pan, preferably cast iron, just above medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, season the shrimp with ¾ teaspoon of salt and mix well. Add 3 tablespoons of ghee to the pan, once it begins to smoke a bit, add half the shrimp to the pan and spread it out in one even layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until deep golden brown, flip, and cook 1 minute more. Shrimp cook incredibly quickly. Remove from pan, add more ghee if needed, and cook the second batch. Once all shrimp are cooked, spoon a bit of ghee over them and mix well so they stay juicy, you can use the leftover ghee as a sauce.
To serve, put some cauliflower grits down on a plate and add some shrimp on top, spoon over some leftover ghee, and finish with parsley and grated cheese. Enjoy!