Shrimp Stir-Fry Over Cauliflower Grits

A paleo twist on a Southern favorite – from the founders of the Whole30.

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Here’s a totally new way to do shrimp and grits. The shrimp is cooked in bacon drippings and flavored with garlic, green onions, lemon juice, and parsley instead of Cajun seasoning—and they’re served on incredibly creamy and decadent-tasting cauliflower grits. You will not believe what you’re tasting! 

Shrimp Stir-Fry Over Cauliflower Grits
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Melissa Hartwig
Serves: 4
  • 2 slices Whole30-compliant bacon, chopped 


  • 2 bags (12 ounces each) frozen riced cauliflower or 6 cups raw cauliflower rice
  • ¼ cup Clarified Butter or ghee 
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic  
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper 
  • ½ cup Whole30-compliant unsweetened almond milk 


  • 1 tablespoon Clarified Butter or ghee 
  • 1½ pounds peeled and deveined medium shrimp (see Tip) 
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic 
  • ½ cup sliced green onions 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 
  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the drippings in the skillet. 
  2. MAKE THE CAULIFLOWER GRITS: While the bacon is cooking, place the riced cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 minutes or until hot. Let stand 1 minute. Add the butter, garlic, salt, black pepper, and almond milk. Using an immersion blender, blend until fairly smooth. Cover and keep warm while cooking the shrimp. 
  3. MAKE THE SHIRIMP: Add the butter to the skillet with the bacon drip-pings. Add the shrimp and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and green onions. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are opaque, about 3 minutes more. Stir in the lemon juice. 
  4. SERVE the shrimp on the grits, sprinkled with the bacon and parsley. 

TIP:  You can also use cooked shrimp in place of the raw shrimp. Add them after the garlic and green onions have softened and cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. 


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