Southern Keto Shrimp and “Grits” inspired by the Carolinas. Delicious shrimp, bacon, and peppers taste amazing over flavorful cheesy-garlic cauliflower grits. This is an easy, creole take on the traditional shrimp and grits.
Can I have shrimp and grits on the keto diet?
Unfortunately, no. Grits typically have a whopping 31 g. carbs per cup! If you’re on the keto diet, that’s more than you’ll have in a typical day. However, this recipe is very keto friendly and just as scrumptious as the original.
How do I make keto grits?
First, the grits are high-carb. That’s a no-no on the keto diet.
Because of this, we need to substitute them for a low-carb veggie instead.
Cauliflower is a nice alternative to rice and grain products if you’re on a low carb diet.
How do I make Southern style shrimp and grits?
Think New Orleans, creole, and fried. A lot of southern-style shrimp and grits call for Andouille sausage, and if you’re a big fan, add them into the shrimp portion of the recipe. For this recipe, I subbed the sausage and instead used bacon. Either or both are fine, depending on your preference 🙂
Can I make keto “grits” without cauliflower?
Not a fan of cauliflower? Substitute the cauliflower in this recipe for spaghetti squash, shirataki noodles, or finely chopped zucchini squash.
How do I make keto shrimp and grits?
Easy. Flavors in the shrimp portion of the recipe fuse with bacon. To begin, fry the bacon, remove and chop. Next, add in the shrimp, pepper, and seasonings to simmer.
For the cauliflower “grits” portion, begin by softening your cauliflower rice. While strapped for time, use the pre-riced bags of cauliflower from the produce section of the grocery store.
After softening, add your riced cauliflower to a food processor if the desired consistency is that of traditional grits. To finish the “grits”, add them to saucepan and cook with other ingredients, until incorporated.
Finally, you’ll serve the flavorful shrimp portion over the cauliflower grits and enjoy!
Southern Keto Shrimp & Grits
- 5 slices of bacon chopped
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 lb shrimp uncooked, peeled and deveined
Cauliflower "Grits" Ingredients
- 4 cups cauliflower riced or mashed
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 tsp salt and pepper optional
- Fry bacon, remove from pan and chop. Reserve bacon grease.
- Cook pepper and onion in bacon grease. Add back in shrimp, bacon and Old Bay seasoning until shrimp is pink.
Cauliflower "Grits" Instructions
- On low-medium heat, cook 1½ packs of cauliflower rice (or 4 cups) in large saucepan with water. Drain water.
- Add in other ingredients and cook until incorporated.
- Pulse in food processor, if desired.
If you like Southern Keto Shrimp and “Grits”, you’ll love:
- Zoodle Lo Mein
- Shrimp Stir Fry with Shirataki Noodles
- Keto Chicken and Dumplings (Instant Pot)
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
- Keto Calamari 3 Ways (Air Fryer+Pan+Oven)
Finally, this recipe is inspired by the Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits recipe from All Recipes.
I live in Charlotte and it’s hard to beat the shrimp and grits at my favorite restaurant. Thanks for helping me curb my cravings for grits!
Shrimp and grits are my high carb go to but I am actually impressed with this recipe. Will be making this again.