Shrimp and “Grits”

1 Feb

In spite of being a lifetime nomad, I have roots from the deep south, so, I am a total sucker for grits served up any way. (Except the soupy, runny Army kind.) One of my absolute favorite meals to get when I am home is the “delicacy” of low-country shrimp and grits.

Unfortunately, grits are a corn product, and therefore not truly paleo or primal. Until recently I haven’t even considered them. But, just the other day it dawned on me that I could try to make “grits” from cauliflower. I was SO excited, because on the spot, my recipe and side dish options just opened wide up. You can do a lot of things with a little grit.

Here is what I did:


1 Head fresh cauliflower
1 cup chicken broth
3/4 c parmesan cheese (reduce or omit if you have dairy issues)
salt and pepper to taste


1 lb medium shrimp, raw, peeled, deveined. (I bought a prepared bag of raw shrimp)
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 c arrowroot powder

4 slices of bacon (I highly encourage you to just go on and cook up the whole package!)
1 cup sliced mushrooms OR diced bell pepper (I used red bell pepper here, but I prefer earthy mushrooms)
4 tsp bacon oil
1/4 c chopped green onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c chicken broth
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp tabasco or to taste

Cut the head of cauliflower into quarters, remove the core. Place it in a food processor and pulse until it looks like grits. I had to do this in 2 batches.

Place the cauliflower grits in a pot. Add chicken broth, put lid on pot, and simmer until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain off excess liquid, toss with parmesan, salt and pepper.

While the cauliflower-grits are cooking, cook the bacon until crispy. I baked mine at 400 degrees. (Thanks for the tip, Kristen!) Reserve 4 tsp of the bacon drippings. Crumble the bacon.

Toss the raw shrimp in the arrowroot powder, salt and pepper and set aside.

Saute the mushrooms or peppers in the hot drippings until tender. Add the onion, saute 2 minutes. Add shrimp and garlic, saute 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring often to loosen particles from the bottom of the pan and help the mixture to thicken.

Spoon the shrimp mixture over the “grits” and top with crumbled bacon.

Move over Paula Deen.

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15 Responses to “Shrimp and “Grits””

  1. Laura Carlton February 1, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    we can really make a lot of progress in life by applying a little “grit”….this recipe sounds wonderful…can’t wait to try


  2. Laura Carlton February 1, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    explain arrowroot…what kind of ingredient is it? what does it do? what is it for?


    • the PRIME pursuit February 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Arrowroot flour is a powder made from the “dried root of a tropical plant” and it can be used as a thickening agent in sauces and soups. It can also be used for breading.


  3. Emily February 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Yum! Thanks for posting! I love the idea of cauliflower for grits!


  4. Eric February 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Disclaimer: I understand that as Leigh’s husband, I am paid to tell her that all her food tastes good. However, I can sincerely say that it doesn’t matter with these paleo recipes. I can’t believe she is able to make these meals taste so good using only paleo ingredients.

    Official Comment: This shrimp and grits recipe is one of my favorites! I’m still waiting for paleo loaves of bread so I can eat sandwiches again!!!


    • the PRIME pursuit February 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      e. i love you. thanks for the kind words. also, sandwiches are so out. that single invention alone may have wrecked the american diet.


  5. Amanda Villiers February 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    so… Stan would like to try this!! 🙂 SO… next time you make it… can you bring some over!!! I’m lazy!!! 🙂 but, maybe I’ll make it next week 🙂 🙂 looks yummy!!!


    • the PRIME pursuit February 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      we need to just have yall over and i will make this. we will convert our men one dinner at a time.


  6. Fran February 2, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Made this last night, delish! MLK gave it a ten out of ten.


    • Claire February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      making this tonight. YOU ARE AWESOME.


    • the PRIME pursuit February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      thanks for the feed back!! great to hear that other people enjoyed it! did you do mushrooms or peppers?


      • Fran February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

        Mushrooms AND peppers!!


  7. Fran February 11, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    MLK is requesting this one again…didn’t I just make it?? 🙂


    • the PRIME pursuit February 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      I usually double this recipe, well, MOST recipes, so we have lunches for the next day. Glad to hear he enjoyed it!


      • Fran February 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

        He did buy 2lbs of shrimp, so… 🙂


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