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Keto Shrimp and Grits (under 5 net carbs)


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This cheesy Keto Shrimp and Grits recipe is the ultimate low-carb comfort food! At under 5 net carbs per serving this will be a new favorite!

overhead view of keto shrimp and grits in a green bowl on a wicker basket

In my pre-keto days, shrimp and grits were a staple in our house. In fact, my classic Cheesy Shrimp and Grits recipe is still one of the most popular recipes on this site.

After I made my Loaded Cauliflower Casserole, I knew I could come up with a delicious keto grits recipe, and these do not disappoint! This is just what you need when you are craving low-carb comfort food!

Ingredients for Keto Shrimp and Grits

I wanted to keep this low-carb shrimp and cheese grits recipe as close to my classic recipe as possible so that is what I based this recipe on. In my opinion, grits should be creamy and ultra cheesy and the shrimp should be perfectly tender with a hint of spice!

For this shrimp and cauliflower grits recipe, you will need:

  • Cauliflower
  • Chicken broth
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Shrimp
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Heavy Cream
  • Spices: paprika, Italian seasoning, red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper

close up of keto shrimp atop cauliflower grits

How to Make Keto Shrimp and Grits

This keto recipe with shrimp begins by simmering cauliflower florets in chicken broth until they are tender.

Once the cauliflower is tender, drain off the remaining broth and add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, butter, salt and pepper and mash until it resembles the texture of grits. This is made especially easy by using a potato masher.

Cover the keto grits to keep warm while you make the shrimp. For this recipe, I use a cajun seasoning that adds a little bit of spice, but it is balanced with a creamy butter sauce.

To cook the shrimp, heat a large skillet to medium heat, melt butter and add the raw, shelled shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle the cajun spices over the shrimp. Stir well so it is evenly coated. Cook the shrimp 3-4 minutes, and when it is pink and tender add the butter and heavy cream to the skillet and stir to form the delicious creamy sauce.

To assemble your low-carb shrimp and grits, divide the cauliflower grits evenly among four bowls, top with shrimp, green onions, and drizzle of the cream sauce.

butter sauce being poured over low carb shrimp and grits in a green bowl

How Many Net Carbs Are in Keto Shrimp and Grits?

You won’t believe this. A heaping cup of cheesy cauliflower grits and about 1/4 of a pound of cajun shrimp with cream sauce comes to less than 5 net carbs per serving! This really is an excellent option for a keto comfort food!

Can I Use Riced Cauliflower Instead?

A few people have asked if they can start with pre-made riced cauliflower instead of cauliflower florets. You likely can, but be careful not to overcook the cauliflower rice as you don’t want it to turn to complete mush.

close up of low carb shrimp and cheese grits

Tips for Making Keto Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

  • Simmer the cauliflower in broth instead of water. Broth adds a great savory flavor that helps mask the cauliflower, so even if you aren’t a huge cauliflower fan chances are you will like this!
  • If you want your cauliflower grits to be a smoother texture,  just use an immersion blender rather than a potato masher.
  • I recommend using larger sized shrimp since they stay juicier than smaller shrimp do.

More Low-Carb Comfort Foods:

If you are missing some of the traditional comfort foods, I can help! These are some of my favorite keto comfort foods:



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