recipe: cayenne shrimp and cauliflower grits

i was intrigued by the cauliflower grits from Buzzfeed’s list of “Healthiest … Recipes to Save for Later” and tonight was the night to try it! 40 apron‘s recipe is only 5 ingredients and so simple to make – especially with my shortcut of using precooked shrimp. since little one is allergic to garlic, i didn’t add the garlic to the cauliflower.

i made 2 versions of shrimp: one with cayenne and seafood seasoning; another with just butter for my garlic allergy little one. with remaining butter seasoning and some cauliflower water, i cooked the string beans.

this dish was a delicious, decadent and as Buzzfeed’s list name: healthyish. it got my little one, who is not a fan of shrimp or cauliflower, to enjoy a meal with both! hurray!

cooking tools

  • steamer
  • food processor
  • frying pan


cauliflower grits

  • 1 head cauliflower (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • salt


  • 1 package precooked frozen large shrimp, thawed
    – or 1 block tofu
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp cayenne, cajun or seafood seasoning
  • salt

side dish, optional

  • 1 bag string beans
  • 1 block tofu


for the cauliflower grits

in a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and bring to a boil. place cauliflower in a steamer basket. cover and steam until tender. (if using frozen cauliflower, it will become tender quickly; if using fresh cauliflower, check after 30 minutes and then in 15 minute intervals until desired tenderness.)

place steamed cauliflower in the food processor and add butter (do not get rid of steaming water). blitz until almost the desired texture. add salt and a bit of steaming water, if desired, and process again until the desired consistency. set aside.

for the protein

pat shrimp (or tofu) dry. heat 2 tablespoons butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. add the shrimp and coat with seasoning. since the shrimp (or tofu) is already cooked, heat for 1-2 minutes on each side and then turn off the heat.

for the side vegetables, optional

remove the shrimp from the frying pan and add the side vegetables and stir fry.


spoon the cauliflower grits into serving bowls and top with shrimp. pour additional seasoning “sauce” from frying pan over the bowls. add side vegetables the bowl and enjoy!



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