12 net carbs

Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

Satisfy your cravings for fried rice with this shrimp fried cauliflower rice recipe. With its bold flavors, satisfying textures, and low-carb twist, this shrimp fried cauliflower rice is sure to become a new favorite.

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Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

Close up view of low-carb shrimp fried cauliflower rice in a white bowl and chopsticks.

Low-Carb Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Looking for a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional fried rice? Look no further than shrimp fried cauliflower rice! This recipe takes the classic flavors and textures of fried rice and replaces the carb-heavy rice with low-carb, high-fiber cauliflower rice. The dish is packed with succulent shrimp, savory garlic and onion, and a variety of colorful veggies, all cooked to perfection in a delicious blend of soy sauce and sesame oil. So grab a wok and give it a try – your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 12 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 4 green onions sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos

Optional Garnish

  • fresh basil


  • In a blender or food processor, add the cauliflower florets and pulse until it has the texture of rice. You may need to work in batches to prevent the cauliflower from overprocessing and getting mushy.
    Top view of cauliflower rice in a glass bowl.
  • In a large wok, heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil over medium-high heat.
    Top view of wok with hot oil.
  • Cook the shrimp, seasoning with salt and pepper, until the shrimp is fully cooked and pink. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
    Top view of wok sauteeing shrimp.
  • Add eggs to the wok and scramble. Remove the eggs from the wok and set aside.
    Top view of a wok cooking scrambled eggs.
  • Add the remaining oil to the wok. Saute the white parts of the green onions for 30 seconds. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for another 30 seconds.
    Top view of a wok sauteeing green onions and garlic.
  • Add the carrots and bell peppers and saute for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the peas and cauliflower rice until well combined. Cook another 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cauliflower should be light brown and become slightly crispy.
    Top view of wok sauteeing cauliflower rice with vegetables.
  • Add the shrimp and eggs back to the wok, along with the soy sauce, and stir to combine.
    Top view of a wok cooking shrimp fried cauliflower rice.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with basil leaves (optional), and enjoy!
    Shrimp fried cauliflower rice in a large white bowl with a wooden serving spoon.




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Recipe variations

  • Meat substitutionsYou can use a different protein with this recipe if desired. Beef, chicken, pork, and tofu all taste great in this recipe. Or add two proteins for a great flavor combination.
  • Vegetable substitutions – Use any combination of vegetables in this recipe! You can also use frozen veggies if preferred.

Cauliflower rice

You can use pre-riced cauliflower for this recipe. We recommend using fresh cauliflower rather than frozen, as frozen can be watery. If frozen is your only option, cook according to the package directions. After the cauliflower rice has cooked and is cool enough to handle, place the rice sandwiched between a few layers of paper towels. Press down to soak up as much of the water as possible.

Cooking oil

We recommend sesame oil for this recipe; it gives a delicious, slightly nutty flavor. However, if you don’t have sesame oil on hand, avocado oil or olive oil are suitable substitutions.


This recipe is not spicy. However, if you love spice, add some red pepper flakes or sriracha to add some heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Yes, you can use either frozen or fresh shrimp. If using frozen shrimp, make sure the shrimp are peeled and deveined. Thaw shrimp before cooking, either overnight in the refrigerator or under cold water in a colander in the sink. If you are using pre-cooked frozen shrimp, also make sure they are thawed before adding them. If shrimp is pre-cooked, you’ll only need to cook them until they’re warm in step 3.

Is this shrimp fried cauliflower rice recipe Keto?

Yes, with caution. One serving of this recipe has 12 grams of net carbs. This is appropriate for a Keto diet, however, you’ll want to be mindful of your serving size and your other meals during the day to ensure you don’t go over your limit of 20 net carbs per day.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! Our shrimp fried cauliflower rice is naturally gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: To make ahead, cook following the recipe, and once cooled, store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing instructions: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe. When thawed, the cauliflower rice tends to be watery.
  • To reheat: Reheat shrimp fried cauliflower rice in a skillet (preferred) or microwave.

Additional Details

If you’re looking for a low-carb, diabetes-friendly meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor, look no further than shrimp fried cauliflower rice. This delightful recipe swaps out traditional rice for cauliflower rice, making it a perfect choice for individuals managing diabetes or following a low-carb lifestyle. Bursting with the savory flavors of succulent shrimp, colorful vegetables, and fragrant spices, this dish is sure to become a favorite on your weekly menu.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Shrimp fried cauliflower rice offers several benefits for individuals with diabetes. First and foremost, cauliflower rice serves as an excellent substitute for traditional rice, as it contains significantly fewer carbohydrates and has a lower glycemic index. This means it has a lesser impact on blood sugar levels, making it a smart choice for diabetic individuals who need to manage their glucose levels. Additionally, shrimp is a lean protein source that provides essential nutrients without raising blood sugar levels. The dish also incorporates a variety of colorful vegetables, adding fiber, vitamins, and minerals to support overall health and blood sugar control.

Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice Ingredients

  • Shrimp: Shrimp is the star of this dish, providing a lean source of protein while adding a rich, savory flavor.
  • Cauliflower Rice: The base of this recipe, cauliflower rice, is a low-carb alternative to traditional rice. It offers a light and fluffy texture that complements the other ingredients perfectly.
  • Bell Peppers: Colorful bell peppers not only add vibrant hues to the dish but also contribute vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They provide a delightful crunch and a hint of sweetness.
  • Carrots: Carrots offer a touch of natural sweetness and add a pop of color. They are also a good source of vitamins and fiber.
  • Green Peas: Green peas add a burst of freshness and a slightly sweet flavor to the dish. They are packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber and protein.
  • Scallions: Scallions, or green onions, add a mild onion flavor and a pop of color to the dish. They are also rich in vitamins K and C.
  • Garlic and Ginger: These aromatic ingredients infuse the dish with a delightful fragrance and a depth of flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: A staple in Asian cuisine, soy sauce adds a savory umami taste to the dish.
  • Sesame Oil: Just a small drizzle of sesame oil lends an earthy aroma and a nutty flavor that complements the other ingredients perfectly.
  • Eggs: Beaten eggs add a silky texture and additional protein to the dish.

Preparation Tips

  • To save time, you can purchase pre-riced cauliflower from the store, or alternatively, make your own by pulsing cauliflower florets in a food processor until they resemble rice grains.
  • Ensure the shrimp is deveined and peeled before using it in the recipe.
  • For added convenience, chop the bell peppers, carrots, and scallions ahead of time and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How to Cook Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of cooking oil. Once hot, add the shrimp and cook until pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add a little more oil if needed, then add the garlic and ginger. Sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the bell peppers, carrots, and green peas to the skillet. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet and pour the beaten eggs into the empty space. Scramble the eggs until cooked through, then mix them with the vegetables.
  • Add the cauliflower rice to the skillet and stir to combine with the vegetables and eggs. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the cauliflower rice is tender but still retains a slight bite.
  • Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir well to coat all the ingredients with the sauce. Cook for another minute to heat the shrimp through.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions and serve the shrimp fried cauliflower rice hot.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

  • For an extra kick of heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes or drizzle sriracha sauce over the dish.
  • Top with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for added crunch and nuttiness.
  • Serve with a side of steamed broccoli or bok choy for additional vegetables and fiber.
  • To make it a complete meal, pair the shrimp fried cauliflower rice with a fresh green salad or a side of grilled chicken or tofu.

Storage Instructions

If you have leftovers, store the shrimp fried cauliflower rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave, adding a splash of water if needed to prevent drying out.

Shrimp fried cauliflower rice is a delicious, low-carb option that caters to individuals managing diabetes or those following a healthy, low-carb lifestyle. With its vibrant flavors, colorful vegetables, and succulent shrimp, this recipe is both nutritious and satisfying. By swapping out high-carb ingredients with diabetes-friendly alternatives, you can still enjoy your favorite dishes while maintaining stable blood sugar levels. Add this recipe to your collection and embark on a flavorful journey that won’t compromise your health.

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