This quick and easy dinner of Cajun Shrimp and Cauliflower "Grits" has all the flavor and texture of the classic Southern dish and is super healthy to boot!
1 medium cauliflower, riced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
0.25 cup water
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled, de-veined, and tails removed
2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste, some Cajun blends are spicy!)
salt & pepper (to taste)
optional: 1 tablespoon chopped scallions, parsley, or cilantro for garnish
Cut the cauliflower into quarters. Use a grater to 'rice' the cauliflower into small rice-like pieces.
Add the riced cauliflower, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, and 1/4 cup water to a large pot or large skillet with high sides. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. The cooking time depends on how cooked you like your cauliflower. 5 minutes will yield crunchier cauliflower 'grits,' 10 minutes will get you softer cauliflower. Stir in the shredded cheese and continue to cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Season the shrimp with Cajun seasoning. Add salt and pepper if desired. (Some Cajun seasonings already contain salt so you might not need to add additional salt.)
Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add the seasoned shrimp and cook about 2-3 minutes per side over high heat, or until the shrimp is fully cooked. Serve the Cajun shrimp over the Cauliflower "grits" and garnish with scallions, chopped parsley, or cilantro.