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There is nothing better than finding a healthier version of a dish you love, and this shrimp and cauliflower fried rice is exactly that! Made with juicy shrimp, low carb cauliflower rice, ginger, garlic, and lots of vegetables, this is a dish you'll make over and over again. Serve it with some low carb Kung Pao chicken or Moo Shu Beef Stir Fry for a healthy take-home meal.
Cauliflower is king when it comes to healthier, low-carb rice dishes with its adaptable flavor and rice-like texture. One of the best things to do with it, in my opinion, is to make fried rice with cauliflower. While cauliflower rice on its own may feel soft, it becomes something to crave when fried with shrimp, ginger, garlic, vegetables, and soy sauce. Cauliflower turns slightly golden, nutty and takes on a whole new flavor. If you're not sure about cauliflower rice, believe me, this recipe will make you change your mind.
The other thing I love about making shrimp cauliflower fried rice is that it's extremely versatile. Basically, you can grab any veggies you have at home, some pre-made cauliflower rice, fresh or frozen shrimp, and in less than 20 minutes have a healthy meal on the table. We usually eat it for dinner the first night I make it and then pack the leftovers for easy lunches. It also makes a great filling for lettuce wraps and I also love it chilled on a big bed of vegetables.
Recipe Ideas and Tips for Shrimp and Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Swap Vegetables: Try this recipe with all your favorite vegetables to change the flavors. Try swapping bok choy for cabbage, add peas for some sweetness, or go for a more classic version with carrots and peas. Other favorites include green beans, asparagus, broccoli, and corn.
- Make it spicy: If you love spices, consider adding a little Sriracha to your plate when sautéing the ginger and garlic. You can also use a fresh jalapeño or a little Chinese chili oil.
- Add Bacon: Everything tastes better with bacon and this fried rice is no exception. Crispy a bit of turkey or pork bacon to add extra flavor to the dish.
- Try an alternative rice: If cauliflower rice isn't your favorite, you can also do it with broccoli rice or cabbage rice. If you're not looking for a low carb recipe, this works great with cooked brown rice, quinoa, or white rice, too.
- Make it more filling: For a more filling dish, you can fill it with a little cooked brown rice or quinoa. If you need it to be low carb or keto, consider adding a pound of ground golden turkey or ground sausage to add more protein.
- Leave the Egg Out: If you don't like eggs in your fried rice, just leave it out. The rice will continue to be delicious.
The best way to make cauliflower rice
There are many different ways to make cauliflower rice, and plenty of great store-bought options too if you don't feel like doing it from scratch. Here are the best options:
- Food Processor: Start by cutting cauliflower into florets, and then add it to the food processor, making sure not to pack it too heavily. You may need to work in batches. Press the cauliflower until it forms pieces the size of rice. Repeat as necessary.
- Box Grater: If you don't have a food processor, you can also make cauliflower rice with a box grater. Carefully grate the cauliflower with the medium to large holes on the grater to form pieces of rice.
- Store-bought: The easiest option is to go with a store-bought cauliflower rice. There are options with fresh produce, frozen vegetables, and now even stable storage options. Either will work. For frozen cauliflower rice, be sure to thaw first and remove excess water for best results.
How long will cauliflower fried rice last in the fridge?
This will be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. It can be reheated in the microwave or in a pan. Be careful when reheating not to overcook because the shrimp will become rubbery and tough. If necessary, add a little extra soy sauce before serving.
Can you freeze cauliflower rice?
Generally speaking, it seems to me that this recipe for fried rice with shrimp and cauliflower does not freeze well due to cooked shrimp. If you think you want to freeze it, it is better to do it without the shrimp. Fried rice will freeze on its own and can stay in the freezer for 3-4 months. Then just cook some fresh shrimp to add before serving when you reheat the frozen fried rice.
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How to quickly defrost shrimp?
If you use frozen shrimp for this recipe, you can quickly defrost them by placing them under cold water in the sink. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and run cold water over the shrimp for 5-10 minutes until thawed. Then drain in a strainer and try with a towel.
It is best not to cook frozen shrimp without thawing, as the outside will cook and the inside will remain raw.
Looking for more cauliflower rice recipes?
- Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- Thai basil ground beef with cauliflower rice
- Sushi bowl with low carb shrimp
- Bulbogi Bowls of Low Carb Meat
Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice
PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes COOKING TIME: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Salt and pepper
- 4 cups of cauliflower flowers
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
- 1 or egg
- 1 U egg white
- 4 U of chopped green onions
- 2 cups of green cabbage, grated
- 1 U grated carrot
- 4 U minced garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (adjust to taste, or coconut amino acids for Whole30 / Paleo)
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Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it is in small pieces of rice. Microwave or steam for 2-4 minutes until smooth.
Heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add to hot skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side until pink and opaque. Withdraw and reserve.
Beat the egg and the egg white and season with salt and pepper. Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to the pan. Add eggs and cook until scrambled. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the remaining vegetable oil and sesame oil to the hot skillet. Add the chives, cabbage, carrot, garlic, ginger, and any other vegetables you want. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they start to soften.
Add the cauliflower rice and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice begins to crunch.
Add the soy sauce and egg. Mix and cook for 1 more minute.