Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp (Video)
Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp is kicked up with sugar snap peas and red peppers, and this can really help when you’re craving fried rice!
It’s been years now since I first made Cauliflower Rice, a dish of finely chopped cauliflower that’s pan-fried and eaten as rice, and I liked it from the first time I tried it. Then one day I found myself with cauliflower, sugar snap peas, red bell peppers, and cooked shrimp all in the fridge on a day my nephew Jake was coming to cook, and we experimented a bit and came up with this recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp. Not only did we absolutely love this low-carb version of fried rice made with cauliflower (even Jake, who is definitely not a cauliflower fan) but it was so good that I quickly ate my leftovers for breakfast the next day, wishing I had more.
Since then I’ve seen so many different recipes for cauliflower fried rice, but most of them use the peas and carrots found in Chinese restaurant fried rice, which of course makes the cauliflower fried rice into a dish that’s higher in carbs. I love my version that uses lower-carb vegetables so much that I make it regularly, so I decided I should update this post and remind you about it!
If you absolutely hate cauliflower, this is probably not for you. But if you like cauliflower, even just a little, I promise you will be totally surprised at how delicious cauliflower fried rice can be. I was trying to make a dish that’s as close as possible to authentic fried rice, which I think is partly what made it so good, and it may be helpful to read about The Principles of Chinese Cooking before trying this if you haven’t done much stir-frying.
But as long as you have all your ingredients prepped before you start to cook, and remember to keep stirring when the heat is high, this Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp is actually not that hard to make. If you’re someone who loves fried rice but is trying to avoid carbs, this might become your new favorite recipe!
How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp:
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- Cut 1/2 head of cauliflower into large pieces and then pulse in food processor until it’s approximately the consistency of grains of rice. (If you don’t have a food processor you can grate the cauliflower on the large side of a cheese grater. Or if you buy pre-chopped fresh cauliflower, use 2 cups of chopped cauliflower.)
- Chop up half of an onion, peel 5-6 garlic cloves, slice a few slices of ginger root, and slice four green onions. (Somehow those didn’t get a photo!)
- Whisk together the soy sauce and sesame oil, and beat the egg. If you’re avoiding soy, you can substitute Coconut Aminos (affiliate link) for the soy sauce.)
- Cut the red bell pepper into 1/2 inch pieces and slice sugar snap peas on the diagonal into thin slices.
- Cut the cooked shrimp into bite-sized pieces (and pat dry with paper towels if they’re wet.)
- Heat the wok or large frying pan over high heat for 30-60 seconds, then add the oil and heat 30-60 seconds more.
- Add the garlic cloves and ginger slices and cook just until they’re fragrant; then remove.
- Then add the onion and cook 1-2 minutes, just until it’s starting to brown. (Remember to stir!)
- Add the chopped cauliflower and cook 2-3 minutes over high heat, stirring often. Remove the cauliflower to a bowl. (It will get cooked more later.)
- Add 1-2 teaspoons more oil as needed, then add the peppers and sugar snap peas and stir-fry 1-2 minutes.
- Push the vegetables over to the side and add the egg, stirring and breaking apart with the turner to get scrambled egg pieces.
- Add the cauliflower back into the wok and cook about a minute. Then add the shrimp and green onion pieces and cook just long enough to warm it, 1-2 minutes. (Keep stirring!)
- Add the soy-sauce/sesame oil mixture and cook 1-2 minutes more, stirring so the sauce is coating all the food. Serve hot.
- I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this was when it was after a night in the fridge, but unless you have a really giant wok or frying pan I don’t recommend doubling the recipe.
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- 2 cups fresh chopped cauliflower rice (see notes)
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 4 peeled garlic cloves
- 4 slices ginger root
- 4 green onions, sliced in 1/2 inch diagonal pieces
- 2 T soy sauce (see notes)
- 2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
- 1 egg, beaten well
- 1 cup diagonally sliced sugar snap peas
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 oz. cooked shrimp, cut into pieces (see notes)
- 1 T + 2 tsp. high smoke point oil (such as avocado oil or safflower oil)
- It’s very important to have all the ingredients chopped and prepped before you start to stir-fry. You may want to read The Principles of Chinese Cooking if you’re not experienced with stir-fry cooking.
- To chop the cauliflower, cut the cauliflower in half, cut out the core and discard, and cut half the cauliflower into chunks, saving the rest for another use. Put the cauliflower pieces into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until the cauliflower is chopped into small pieces resembling rice. (We had some bigger pieces that didn’t chop up right away and we removed the chopped cauliflower and pulsed those again.) If you don’t have a food processor you can grate the cauliflower on the large side of a cheese grater.
- Chop the onion into 1/2 inch pieces, peel the garlic cloves, and cut some slices of ginger root. Slice the green onion diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Whisk together the soy sauce and sesame oil, and beat the egg.
- Slice the sugar snap peas diagonally into thin slices until you have 1 cup sliced sugar snap peas and chop the red bell pepper into 1/4 inch pieces.
- Cut the shrimp into bite-sized pieces (pat dry with paper towels if it seems very wet.)
- Heat the pan over high heat for 30-60 seconds, then add the oil and heat 30-60 seconds, or until it sizzles if you add a drop of water. (The time will depend on how hot your stove gets.)
- Add the garlic cloves and ginger slices and cook just until they are fragrant, then remove. (This is called “seasoning the oil.”)
- Add the chopped onion and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is starting to get slightly brown on the edges.
- Add the chopped cauliflower and stir fry 2-3 minutes. Remove cauliflower to a plate. (Wipe out the pan or wok if the cauliflower sticks to the sides.)
- Add 2 tsp. more oil and heat until it sizzles if you add a drop of water. Add the sugar snap peas and red bell pepper and stir-fry about 2 minutes.
- Push vegetables to the side of the wok and add the egg, using a wooden spoon to stir and break it apart until it's cooked and resembles chopped scrambled egg.
- Put the cauliflower back into the wok and heat about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and about 3/4 of the green onion pieces and cook 1-2 minutes, just long enough to heat the shrimp.
- Add the soy-sesame mixture and stir fry until all the ingredients are coated with it, about a minute more. Serve hot.
- I was pleasantly surprised how good this was after it had been in the fridge overnight, and the leftovers made a great breakfast but I don't recommend doubling the recipe unless you have a really huge wok or frying pan!
Start with 1/2 large head of cauliflower if you're chopping it in the food processor. You can use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) such as Tamari for gluten free; substitute Coconut Aminos (affiliate link) for Paleo. A little more shrimp in this definitely won't hurt) if the budget permits! This recipe created by Kalyn and Jake, with inspiration from many other versions of Cauliflower Fried Rice spotted around the web.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1.2gUnsaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 752mgCarbohydrates: 8.9gFiber: 3.9gSugar: 4.8gProtein: 13g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Fried Cauliflower Rice with Shrimp is a great dish for low-carb and low-glycemic eating plans as well as any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce this can be Paleo or Whole 30 approved.
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