Carb Friendly Shrimp & “Grits”

Y’all want to hear something funny? Even though I’m a southern girl through and through, I never ate grits growing up. Say what? We just didn’t have them, and I have no idea why. Occasionally I’d be at a function with cheese grits and they were just ehhh at best so I wasn’t all that in to them.

Well call me crazy, but I saw a version of this recipe somewhere and for some reason I just had to try it. Can I just tell you we L-O-V-E it! I’m talking like it eat it almost every week love it. The best part is that if you happen to be following any kind of low carb diet, this will fit your macros. (I’m beginning to hate that work, BTW?) Are you ready?

This version of shrimp & “grits” has a secret. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a little story that will clue you in. When Benny was in high school, he pretty much ate pizza, chicken (nuggets and other forms), burgers, waffles…you get the picture. Not at all diversified in the eating department. The boy did love a good twice baked potato. #whodoesnt I found a recipe on Pinterest for “twice baked cauliflower”. Now do see where I’m going? I passed this off as potatoes for years, before clueing him in. LOL #momoftheyear He’d eat it, but maintained my regular twice baked potatoes were better. Insert all the laughing emojis right here.

Shrimp & Grits

This is almost stupid easy. If you’ve been around here for more than a minute, you know I have a new boyfriend, his name is Trader Joe. HA! We get together about once a week and he gives me all the feels. ?

If you aren’t already on the bandwagon, join me. If you aren’t buying this chile lime sesasoning, GET IT! It is so good for so many things. I’ll share another recipe soon I use it for.

So for our not so secret ingredient…cauliflower! Who knew??? Well let me just tell you I’m a 100% convert and we eat it all the time. I never make real rice anymore, we use cauliflower rice, and I’ve been singing the praises of this cauliflower soup that is the best dupe for potato soup. #rhymemaster Enter mashed cauliflower. The best dupe for grits.

The mashed cauliflower comes in “nuggets”. You just throw them in a pan with 1- 2 tablespoons of water and let them “melt” down into a creamy consistency. You could leave them alone and eat them just like that, but that’s not how I roll. I add 1/4 – 1/2 container of Boursin cheese. Y’all! Sooo good.

Now for the shrimp. You can use whatever your favorite happens to be, but I’d heard several people on Instagram talking about the Agrentinian Shrimp at TJ’s and that they are better than your run of the mill shrimp. Some people equate them lobster and I’d have to say they do remind me of it. I thaw them in some water (I know…that’s probably not the correct way, but my kitchen, my rules?) Cut them in half and cook them in a cast iron skillet with a very small amount of coconut oil, and add plenty of chile lime seasoning. The seasoning makes a little bit of a sauce as the shrimp cooks. (Note: if you want a little more sauce, remove the shrimp, add a little water and more seasoning and let it cook down for a minute or so.)

Shrimp and Grits

You can stop here, but I like to add a vegetable to the mix. I keep these green beans from TJ’s in my freezer all the time. They are the perfect, easy side. I added a small amount of coconut oil and some of the TJ’s Umami seasoning this time. It’s slightly salty and has an “earthy” taste. Not bad.

shrimp and grits

You can pull this together in 15 minutes, easily and it’ll seem like you spent hours or at least longer than 15 minutes. wink-wink

Shrimp and Grits

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  1. Kellyann
    March 20, 2019 / 4:05 am

    Mmmmmm I need to make this! Brian LOVES shrimp and grits, I may have to make him some grits just in case but this has my name all over it! I need to get to TJ’s this week! Hope you are having a blast sweet friend!
    love ya!

    • March 26, 2019 / 8:11 am

      YES you do. I hope he like it when you try it. We had it last night. It’s so fast, easy and delish! XO

  2. Living on Cloud Nine
    March 20, 2019 / 5:41 am

    You know I’m allergic to shrimp or I would totally be on this! I can always add a different meat, right? I absolutely love that you at the Boursin in there! I love that stuff! I know you’re having a ball and I am so happy!

    • March 26, 2019 / 8:11 am

      This may sound weird, but I think I was a little allergic to shrimp for a while, but thankfully it passed. Maybe you could use scallops? XO

  3. March 20, 2019 / 9:04 am

    This sounds delicious! My whole family loves shrimp! And I love your healthier version of grits!

    • March 26, 2019 / 8:11 am

      Give it a try Laura. Fast, easy and delicious. Hope you’re feeling better today! XO

  4. March 20, 2019 / 11:38 am

    I love anything with shrimp and this sounds so good! Bonus that it’s healthy too!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  5. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    March 20, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Ohhh! Another great recipe by Lisa! 🙂 I need to try this pronto!!! Pinning! I need to see how many carbs are in this…


    • March 26, 2019 / 8:11 am

      It’s perfect for low carb day! We ate it last night. I’m going to email a screenshot because I entered in my fitness pal as a recipe. Says 4 servings, but we eat 2 each. OINK OINK!

  6. March 20, 2019 / 12:24 pm

    Looks so tasty, you Southern Belle Rebel!!

    • March 26, 2019 / 8:07 am

      That’s me. HAHAHA! You should totally try this! XO

  7. March 20, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    I’m a southern convert and I do love shrimp and grits. I also use shredded cauliflower (mainly in pizza crust), so this looks like a winner, Lisa!

    • March 26, 2019 / 8:07 am

      I swear cauliflower is having it’s day in the sun and well deserved. I love it! Hope you’ll give this a try. We had it again last night. LOL

    • March 26, 2019 / 8:07 am

      These are great imitation. Not quite mashed potatoes, but not quite grits. We had it again last night. XO

  8. April 18, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    Hopped over from Kellyann’s where she mentioned your shrimp and grits recipe. Funny, I had never heard of this until I visited my mom at her senior living apartment and they had it on the menu in their dining room. I LOVE IT!! Now, with your recipe, I can make it at home! Just have to get my PC to eat the green beans. But if he doesn’t, all the more for me! Pinning.

    • April 18, 2019 / 7:28 pm

      Hi Leslie! I’m so glad you stopped by and I’m even more excited you’re excited about this recipe. Have a great evening!

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