Shrimp, Cauliflower, and Bacon Saute
with cheesy grits
For a fun twist on classic shrimp and grits, we saute cauliflower with the shrimp and add some additional spices. These two very different ingredients make the dish a bit more interesting. We even add crispy bacon to give the whole dish additional texture and flavor.
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- Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
- Cauliflower - 1 lb, florets
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Bacon - 6 strips, chopped
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
- Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
- Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Water - 1 Tbsp
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Water - 3 cups
- Milk, any type - 1 cup
- Grits or polenta - 1 cup (look for a more fine ground for quicker cooking)
- Salt - 1/4 tsp
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
- Cheese, shredded Mexican blend - 2 oz
- Combine water (portion for grits) and milk in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat (watch the pan and adjust the heat because boiled milk will quickly spill over). Add in grits / polenta with salt (portion for grits). Lower heat and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until liquid is all absorbed, stirring occasionally.
- While grits are cooking, heat a large saute pan or skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Drain of all but 1 Tbsp / 15 ml (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of bacon grease out of the pan and return pan to medium heat.
- To heated pan, add cauliflower and cook until golden brown, turning to cook on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes total. Add water (portion for saute; be careful - it will steam) and cover with a lid. Steam cauliflower, covered, until tender, ~3 minutes.
- Remove the lid and stir in shrimp, white parts of green onions, and shrimp seasoning. Saute until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Squeeze lemon juice over cauliflower and shrimp.
- When grits are finished cooking, whisk in butter and cheese. Taste and season with some more salt, if needed.
- Serve shrimp and cauliflower over grits. Top with bacon and green parts of green onions. Enjoy!
Great! Can’t wait to make again!!0 Helpful
shrimp and grits are just about my favorite meal ever!! This is a great recipe!0 Helpful
First time having grits. Next time I would sub polenta or mashed yukons.0 Helpful
bacon made the polenta taste way better. Kids liked it. thumbs up0 Helpful
I made this with my own variation of spices as I've realized that some of the spices used in these recipes are off. I have to say the person who used cornmeal instead of grits, which are in no way equivalent except being made of corn, gave me nightmares. Anyway, the meal came out great with my spice and dairy-free substitutions.0 Helpful
Quarantine cooking has me making some substitutes to clear out the pantry and freezer. Used cornmeal for the grits, frozen cauli and spinach, and skipped the green onions because I didn’t have any. It turned out awesome! Easy weeknight meal and I LOVED the cheesy grits. Everything came out better than I expected!0 Helpful