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Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe (With Cauliflower “Rice”)

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I have a confession … prior to my real food conversion, I absolutely loved Chinese food.

Yep … that MSG, fake salt, and high fructose laden Chinese food. I loved it and ate it much more often than I’d like to admit!

Once we gave up the junk food, I’d still occasionally wish I could eat Chinese food, especially shrimp fried rice, so I started experimenting with healthier versions. Like with most foods, the healthier versions can actually taste better if prepared well, so this will begin a series of healthy versions of my former favorite Chinese foods …

In place of soy sauce in recipes I’ve come up with two great alternatives: a homemade soy sauce that is soy free, uses real food ingredients, and tastes great, or store-bought coconut aminos. You can read about both options in this post and also get the recipe for my homemade version of soy sauce.

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Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice Recipe (Gluten Free & Delicious!)

A nutrient packed fried “rice” made from cauliflower!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 280kcal
Author Katie Wells


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  • Use a food processor or chef’s knife to chop the cauliflower into rice sized pieces.
  • In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil or coconut oil until melted.
  • Add the cauliflower and stir.
  • Quickly chop the carrots and green beans.
  • Add the carrots, green beans, and peas to the pan and continue to stir until vegetables are starting to get tender.
  • Sprinkle the vegetables with the soy sauce or coconut aminos, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Move the veggies to the edges, leaving an open space in the middle of the pan.
  • Drop the egg into the circle and leave for about a minute until starting to cook.
  • Scramble the egg into the rest of the mixture.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until just done.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice Recipe (Gluten Free & Delicious!)
Amount Per Serving (1 /4)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 148
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.4g25%
Saturated Fat 13.9g87%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 893mg39%
Carbohydrates 17.4g6%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5.1g6%
Protein 18.1g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


7 responses to “Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe (With Cauliflower “Rice”)”

  1. Ilene Avatar

    Hello, I loved the idea of shrimp fried “rice”. I tried your recipe and for me, I think the order was mixed up. It took so long for the shrimp to cook after it was added to the “rice”. next time I will cook the veggies, then the shrimp, then add the “rice”. There was a lot of water at the bottom of the pan after everything was cooked which was not pleasant. Otherwise, wonderful recipe and I’ll make it again! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Charmaine Avatar

    5 stars
    I’m on a Chinese kick this week! I’m making this recipe later in the week, which is tried and true and well loved in our house. But tonight I made thepioneerwoman’s beef and snow peas with Paleo modifications along with sautéed broccoli slaw (1#) with 1 tbsp grated garlic, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 1/4 cup beef broth, a few dashes of fish sauce and 1 tsp of NomNomPaleo’s mushroom powder. It was reminiscent of ramen noodles, but went with the beef and snow pea recipe. Thursday will be the Cantonnese Pork Belly from Ancestral Table, likely with Bok choy. And since citrus is in season our desserts will be various citrus fruits. Lol! Had to share with a fellow Chinese food lover.

  3. Angie Cruz Avatar
    Angie Cruz

    5 stars
    Great Recipe!! Was a huge hit..Made for BF and he loved it..He asked if it was brown rice, I said NO, He asked is it white rice, again NO..ha ha I finally told him Cauliflower! He was shocked, amazed and impressed.. I served with plain side salad lettuce, fresh flaked salmon on top w/sesame dressing. Easy peasy. And This is my first time using coconut oil in dinner recipe, could barely taste coconut oil.. thought it would b over powering but not at all..My BF said the house smelled so good when he walked in..I used CO aminos YUMMY.. .
    Thank you for all your hard work and wonderful in sight..

  4. Liz Avatar

    So I was a little reluctant to try this… my thoughts being how can you make fried rice without rice?!?! being both Hispanic and Asian (and having lived a number of years in Japan) rice is a staple in my household whether it be Mexican dishes or Japanese. But lo and behold it came out great! I will definitely be using cauliflower in my recipes from now on since we have decided to go grain free. Thank you for the great recipe!

  5. colin Avatar

    You can use soy sauce in fried rice and fresh cooked rice.
    Just reduce the amount of water when you cook the rice.
    Instead of using day old rice, i am using fresh cooked rice that is still very hot.
    If its too dry while stir fry, you can sprinkle with tap water.
    Don’t forget to add 1/4 white sugar for each 3 cups cooked fried rice as MSG substitution while cooking.
    Pardon my bad grammar. English is not my first language. 

  6. Cy Avatar

    hmm…I was taught not to use soy sauce when making fried rice (because it made the rice too sticky – although I suppose it wouldn’t be an issue here). Instead the egg was scrambled with a little salt and dry sherry. Once fluffy add leftover veggies, cooked meat and day-old rice. If you wanted it dark, add a splash of a browning sauce (like gravy master).

    It’s more of an American thing though to have dark fried rice, my Asian friends thought it was quite odd and I grew to really like the non-brown version. I now typically make it yellow by adding Turmeric.

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