Creamy grits are a classic southern side dish. You often see them served with breakfast or sometimes at dinner with shrimp. Made from cornmeal, grits aren’t low carb friendly at all. But with a few tips and tricks, this Easy Cheese Cauliflower Grits recipe proves you can enjoy the velvety texture and rich flavor of grits while keeping your low carb lifestyle in tact.
Why make grits with cauliflower?
I love savory breakfasts. Big plates of eggs and bacon with all the sides instead of Keto Pancakes or Keto French Toast Sticks. Of course all those sides that go with bacon and eggs are generally full of carbs like home fries or my favorite creamy grits.
While eating keto allows me to enjoy my sunny side up eggs and bacon in the morning, grits don’t make the cut.
Because traditional grits come from boiled cornmeal, a grain. Like most grains, cornmeal packs loads of carbs. According to Healthline, one cup of grits has 38 grams of carbs. That means, grits would not fit into a lifestyle based on maintaining ketosis.
This recipe for Easy Cheese Cauliflower Grits is my keto-friendly remake to cheese grits. Instead of using cornmeal, I substitute cauliflower rice for the grits, making this low-carb and keto-friendly.
How many carbs are in cauliflower?
One cup of cauliflower is much lower in carbs than one cup of grits. According to Fat Secret, 1 cup of cauliflower rice has only 47 calories and 4.82 grams of carbs. That’s not enough to knock you out of ketosis!
Because cauliflower is so much lower in carbs than most grains, cauliflower is very popular in the low carb and keto circles. In fact, I was able to write an entire post of low carb cauliflower recipes that incorporate this veggies into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and side dishes!
How do you use cauliflower to make grits?
Use cauliflower rice to mimic the grains
The basis of this cheesy cauliflower grits recipe is cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice mimics the grains in grits and provides the base for the grits.
You can either buy premade cauliflower rice in the fresh vegetable section of the grocery store, which is what I do to save time.
If you’d like, you can also make cauliflower rice yourself at home to save yourself a few dollars. If you want to make it yourself at home, you can do it several ways.
Some ways to make cauliflower rice
You can use a box grater and grate a head of cauliflower against it. The cauliflower will grate down nicely to make cauliflower rice.
You could also use a food processor, which is probably the easiest way to make cauliflower rice at home. If you do it in a food processor, take the big center stem out. Then cut the head of cauliflower into coarse pieces and throw it in your food processor. Pulse it until you get the desired texture, scraping the sides down until all the pieces are roughly the same size.
Prepare the “grits” by adding ingredients to a pan
Once you have your cauliflower rice, you can go ahead and use it to make your grits. Set it aside while you heat a pan over medium low heat. Then, add heavy cream, chicken stock, cream cheese, butter, salt, black pepper, cheddar cheese, and chives to the pan. The heavy cream and cheese will give you the creamiest consistency and makes these cauliflower grits feel so decadent.
When all your ingredients are in the pan, whisk them together until the cream cheese melts. Then just add the cauliflower rice and let it cook in the velvety sauce until the rice is tender.
What should you serve with this cheesy cauliflower grits recipe?
I’d recommend these Cheese Cauliflower Grits with an egg and bacon for breakfast. I really like No Sugar Added Whole30 Jalapeño Bacon. I’m also a big fan of getting bacon and sausage shipped directly to me from Butcher Box .
Other Recipes using Cauliflower
Because cauliflower is such a power player in the low carb world, you’ll find tons of other cauliflower recipes using cauliflower as a low carb, keto friendly substitute for grains or other carb laden side dishes.
Some of my favorite cauliflower recipes include:
Seared Scallops & Cauliflower Rice RisottoGet this recipe
Loaded CauliflowerGet this recipe
Keto Cauliflower Mac and CheeseGet this recipe
It also makes a great crust for pizza! You can check out my cauliflower pizza crust recipes.
- Heat a skillet to medium-low heat
- Add heavy cream, chicken stock, cream cheese, butter, salt, black pepper, cheddar cheese, and chives to the pan. Whisk together until cream cheese is melted (~5 minutes)
- Add cauliflower rice to the pan and cook in sauce until tender (~10 minutes was enough for me, but I'd check at 5 minute intervals).