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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 at all. But, with a few tips and tricks, this Easy Cheese Cauliflower Grits recipe is a fantastic grain-free and keto-friendly option.
Why make grits with cauliflower?
Of course all those sides that go with bacon and eggs are generally full of carbs like home fries or my favorite creamy grits. But, grits don’t make the cut.
Because traditional grits come from boiled cornmeal, a grain. And like most grains, cornmeal packs loads of carbs. 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, a cup of cauliflower rice has about 5 grams of carbs.
Because cauliflower is so much lower in carbs than most grains, cauliflower is very popular in the low carb and keto community. In fact, I wrote an entire post of low carb cauliflower recipes that incorporate this veggie into breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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 pre-made cauliflower rice like I do in the fresh or frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
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
- Use a box grater and grate a head of cauliflower against it. The cauliflower will grate down nicely to make cauliflower rice.
- 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.
Use Your Riced Cauliflower to Make Low Carb Grits
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 to Serve this With:
I’d recommend these Cheese Cauliflower Grits with an egg, homemade chicken sausage, or air fryer 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.
Besides breakfast, these are also one of my favorite dinner side dishes. I enjoy them with Sweet & Spicy Shrimp, Pan-seared Shrimp, or Air Fryer Salmon. These also help make an amazing low-carb substitute for my shrimp and grits recipe.
More Keto & Low-carb Cauliflower Recipes
Because cauliflower is such a power player in the low-carb world, you’ll find tons of other cauliflower recipes on this site. Some of my favorites are:
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Scallops and Cauliflower Rice Risotto
- Loaded Cauliflower
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
- Keto Mushroom Risotto
It also makes a great crust for pizza! You can check out my cauliflower pizza crust recipes.
Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Grits Recipe
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- 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).
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!