Being low carb doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite take-out food and this amazing Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice with Bacon recipe proves just that! Loaded with flavor and ready in about 30 minutes, it makes a great weeknight meal that everyone will love – even the picky kiddos! Paleo, Whole30, keto-friendly options.
It can be a no go when you think about the rice, noodles, deep-fried foods, sauces that contain sugar and cornstarch, etc
And, when we decide to eat healthier, take-out food is always the first on the chopping block.
Well, a lot of take-out food can contain ingredients that aren’t the best. And, depending on what lifestyle you are living, it can just be a big no-no.
When I went keto several years ago I knew I would have to give up my favorite take-out food. Mexican and Asian. But, after living that way for a while I realized that I could make low carb versions of my favorite foods at home with keto-friendly ingredients that tasted as good, if not better, than the original dish!
That was my challenge with fried rice.
I actually had a double challenge with this recipe because my husband, who is definitely not keto, loves shrimp fried rice. It is his favorite take-out dish.
So now I am tasked with not only making fried rice that I would enjoy, and other low carb people, but it had to pass the husband test too!
I am happy to let you know that he not only loves this recipe, he told me that if I hadn’t told him it was cauliflower rice we would never have known!
That my friends is the HUGE seal of approval in my mind. If a non-keto rice lover can’t tell my low carb fried rice is cauliflower?
Ya, I will take my win!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE SHRIMP FRIED CAULIFLOWER RICE WITH BACON
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
HOW TO MAKE SHRIMP FRIED CAULIFLOWER RICE WITH BACON
Toss the raw shrimp in a bowl with the xanthan gum. Allow the shrimp to sit for 10 minutes.
Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower becomes the size of grains of rice
Cook the bacon in a large non-stick skillet, or wok, over medium heat until it renders. Remove, with a slotted spoon, to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the onions to the skillet and stir until they are translucent – 1-2 minutes.
Add the cauliflower and stir to mix with the onions evenly. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover your skillet and turn the heat down to medium-low—Cook the cauliflower for 10 minutes undisturbed. Cauliflower should be tender but not mushy. Turn the heat up to medium again and cook for another 5 minutes, only stirring once or twice. Transfer to a large bowl.
Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet (If reusing the skillet, wipe it clean) or wok over medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp in a single layer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they begin to turn pink and opaque. Turn the shrimp over and continue to cook for another minute or two.
Remove the shrimp from the pan and onto a plate. Pour another tablespoon of oil into the pan and allow the oil to heat up.
Add the eggs to the pan, then add salt and pepper to taste and scramble. Remove the eggs from the pan and place it on the same plate as the shrimp.
Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and crank the heat to medium-high. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and white part of the green onion and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the carrots and peas and stir, then add the cauliflower rice and mix well. Stir in the shrimp and eggs.
Add the tamari and sesame oil and stir to combine. Continue stirring until the cauliflower rice has heated up, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove from the wok and serve immediately.
FAQS ABOUT SHRIMP FRIED CAULIFLOWER RICE WITH BACON
Can I use a different protein?
Absolutely! This is great with pork or chicken (diced or ground). You can make it plain as well with just the veggies and no protein if you prefer. Any of these ways taste amazing!
My cauliflower rice always comes out mushy, what can I do?
It will depend on the temperature you cook it at, as well as what you cook the cauliflower rice with. If cooking alone, cook the cauliflower rice over medium heat with very little oil, for 3 or 4 minutes. In this recipe, we cook a bit longer but fried rice is a different texture from regular rice since it is normally made with leftover, or already cooked rice.
How should I store and reheat leftover Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice with Bacon?
To store – Allow any leftovers to cool before storing them in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer.
To reheat – Heat a small amount of coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the leftover cauliflower fried rice into the pan and stir the rice regularly until hot. If the rice is too dry, you can add a bit of water.
Last thoughts about Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice with Bacon
If I am completely honest with you, I was on the fence about cauliflower rice until I made this recipe.
I mean, I liked it and all, but wasn’t in love with it and wasn’t 100% convinced that cauliflower rice could take the place of regular rice in my favorite foods.
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