Pair cauliflower grits with blackened shrimp to make a lightened up, low-carb version of the classic Southern recipe. The result = delicious flavor and extra veggies!
Did you grow up eating grits? It is definitely a southern comfort food dish, but I know a lot of people who have never tried them before! Traditionally, grits are made by boiling cornmeal with milk or water – similar to porridge or oatmeal. They are often served as a side for breakfast or dinner and they can be sweet (with butter and sugar) or savory (with butter, cheese and/or bacon).
Shrimp and grits is a quintessential southern dish that’s served for dinner. If you go to any southern restaurant, you’ll likely see shrimp and grits on the menu. Obviously, this cheesy and buttery dish can be a pretty indulgent meal so I decided to lighten up the classic recipe and use cauliflower in place of cornmeal to make low-carb shrimp and grits.
What do Cauliflower Grits Taste Like?
The taste of grits, regular or cauliflower, totally depends on the flavors used to season them because they’re quite bland on their own. In these cheesy cauliflower grits, the cauliflower takes on the flavor of the cheese and the spicy shrimp we’re serving on top. I kept this recipe pretty simple with milk, butter, salt and pepper but you can add in any additional flavors you’d like! I think a rosemary and garlic version would also be delicious.
Low Carb Swap
Replacing regular grits with cauliflower grits makes this classic dish significantly lower in calories and carbs. A portion of regular shrimp and grits with just…