I recently published a collection of rice bowl recipes, because… well, I love rice bowls! They are such a fun, easy, tasty and laid back meal to make, serve, and eat. But a lot of people, including myself, limit grains. So what’s a rice bowl lovin’ girl to do? Cauliflower rice to the rescue! Cauliflower rice is a revelation and it’s what I use in this 20 Minute Paleo Spicy Shrimp Cauliflower Rice Bowl.
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Let’s Talk Cauliflower Rice:
Many stores carry cauliflower already ‘riced’. If you don’t live near a store that does, no problem. You can ‘rice’ cauliflower yourself by removing core, breaking the head into small florets and then pulsing in your food processor until the cauliflower resembles rice. Super quick, super easy! If you don’t have a food processor you can pulse in a blender or grate with a box grater. Sauté for a few minutes and top with spicy shrimp, avocado and a perfectly fried egg and you’ve got one amazingly healthy meal!
This tasty Paleo sauce is a simple combination of Sambal Oelek, honey and Dijon mustard. You can adjust the amount of Sambal Oelek to create just the right amount of heat/sweet for you! If you are not familiar, Sambal Oelek is an Asian Chili Sauce. You can find it on the Asian aisle of most grocery stores. If your grocer doesn’t carry it, you can find it here and have it delivered to your door. For my friends that aren’t fans of heat, you can mellow out the sauce with a little coconut milk or cream.
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The Recipe: Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Bowl- Paleo
What you will need: sambal oelek, and good quality pans. You can buy riced cauliflower at the market or you can ‘rice’ cauliflower yourself using a food processor, blender or box grater. See instructions above.
A quick, easy, healthy meal made in about 15-20 minutes! If making your own cauliflower rice, see instructions in blog post.
- 1-2 Tablespoons Sambal Oelek It's hot! Start with 1T and if it's not hot enough for you add more
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1-2 Tablespoons coconut milk or coconut cream (optional- use if you want to make the sauce creamier and mellow out the heat)
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
- 3-4 Tablespoons olive oil, separated
- 5 cups riced cauliflower, see instructions in post if making your own
- Sea salt, pepper to taste
- 10 ounces raw shrimp, deveined, shells and tail removed
- 2 large eggs fried
- 1 Tablespoon chives for garnish
In a small bowl, whisk together Sambal Oelek, mustard and honey and coconut milk or cream if using
Set sauce aside
Peel and slice avocado, set aside
You are going to have two pans going at once. The cauliflower and the eggs will be cooked in one large pan, and the shrimp in a small pan.
Heat a large pan on medium for two minutes, add olive oil (enough to cover bottom of pan)
When olive oil is hot but not smoking add cauliflower rice, stirring here and there, cook for 6 minutes (adding eggs the last 3 minutes)
Heat a small pan on medium/high heat for two minutes
Add a olive oil to each coat bottom of pan
When oil is hot, add shrimp to small pan, cooking and tossing for 2-3 minutes add sambal oelek mixture to pan, toss for one more minute and turn off heat.
Season cauliflower with sea salt and pepper, then use a spatula to push cauliflower to one side of pan.
Add a little more olive oil to pan. Gently crack two eggs into the pan, turn heat down to medium and cook until whites are set and yolks are runny, season eggs to taste
Place cauliflower rice into bowls, pour shrimp and sauce over cauliflower rice, add avocado slices and fried egg, garnish with chives. Enjoy!
I love how you cook the cauli rice and the eggs in the same pan. That’s a great idea, that I’ll do now! The whole dish is fab and lovely. Thanks, Linda!
Lol…it stems from laziness. I hate washing dishes!
Ha, that too, Linda! 😉
I so need to make this. Those shrimp are right up my alley!
Wow this looks so dang good … and I want that bowl and chopsticks!!! Gosh they’re so pretty!
Thanks Emily! I love chop sticks…I just can’t use them lol.
This recipe looks so good especially that sauce! I am wondering if perhaps I could substitute some kind of stevia based liquid for the sauce since I can not have sugar or orange juice.
I added a ‘date paste’ option, can you do dates?
This looks incredible! I love a loaded bowl and that shrimp looks perfectly cooked.
That yolky egg right up on top is just perfect! I would eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Thanks Renee, me too!
yum, this is calling my name!! So quick to cook and tons of flavor and textures!
I love everything in this bowl, yet I have not had this combo! Can’t wait to make this.
I want to eat my screen! I can’t get enough of this gorgeous and delicious recipe!
I am SO glad that stores are carrying riced cauliflower now!! Such a time saver! This looks filling and THAT SAUCE sounds perfect!
I know! It’s the best!
This looks so amazing! I can’t believe it only takes 15 minutes to make!! Definitely adding to my meal plan next week 🙂
This is such a comfort food bowl in my book. I love shrimp on everything! Thanks for sharing!
The egg on this makes me drool lol I love egg on top of any veggie bowl!
Well, isn’t this a beautiful looking bowl! I don’t cook with shrimp enough, need to use it more!
Me too. I sort of forget about shrimp, but when I do cook with it, I love it!
I do enjoy a rice bowl! I love all of the flavors in this and that egg just tops it off!
YUM! They look so flavorful and delicious ! I’m loving it !
Fantastic combination of flavors and so healthy! I bet it has an outstanding flavor!
Is sambal olek whole 30? For some reason I thought it had sugar and/or other preservatives!
Hi Michelle, it is! No sugar at all. In fact Sambal Oelek is listed in the ‘top 10 must have condiments’ for Whole 30. I wonder if you are thinking of sriracha which does indeed have sugar?
No it’s not because of the sodium bisulfite preservative
Dang it, how did I miss that? Correcting!
Bummer,right? You’re allowed a goof here and there. Speedy correction…impressive 🙂
Lol I am a quick chick! Thanks for
I love the whole idea of using cauliflower rice to cut down on grains, this bowl looks and sounds so amazing and full of so much flavor, an that sauce…wow!
Thanks Albert! I had the Paleo version last night!
This looks delicious, but is misleading in that honey is not allowed on Whole30. Not sure why it’s marked Whole30?
Hi Angela, I totally get your confusion. I changed the recipe, removed the Whole 30 option and changed the title to “Paleo” after discovering Sambal Oleak has sulfites. Originally there was an option with dates instead of honey that was Whole 30, but after discovering the sulfite issue I removed it. Unfortunately the recipe had already been pinned on Pinterest over 16,000 times! So it’s out there and I can’t get it back:)
That totally makes sense. It does still say Whole30 (in my view) around the middle of the page, but like I said this looks amazing so between 30s, I’ll be trying this. Excited to try some of your other recipes as well!!! I just found your site and really like the energy!! Thank you!
Thanks Angela! It would be perfect for between rounds!
This was super delicious. Thank you!!!!
I am so glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting. I always appreciate that!
Just made this tonight….AMAZING!! My boyfriend loved it and he’s quite picky about healthy meals. I’ll be adding this into my weekly meal plan! 🙂 Do you happen to have the nutritional info on this recipe?
I am sorry I don’t. But I am so glad you loved it!
So delicious and so pretty! I felt like I was handing a takeout meal to my husband. I’ve made cauli rice many ways and this is hands down the best. Thank you!
I am so glad, Thanks for commenting:)
Love this recipe. We had it for lunch today and both of us decided this would definitely be a repeat dish. I didn’t have any Dijon mustard on hand only horseradish mustard and it tasted great. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Interesting! Glad you liked it:)
Ummm I just made this and … WOW I am so amazed at how delicious and simple this was!! Thank you for sharing this with the world!!
Thanks Erika! I am glad you liked it!
This was soooooo amazing! I now have it 1-2x a week. Thank you!
Thank you! I am so glad you like it!
Loved it!!!! The heat was just enough. This will definitely be a dish that I’ll cook more often
I am so glad. Thanks so much for letting me know you liked it!
I have never added coconut milk or coconut cream to anything before. I do want a creamier sauce and not too hot. Which is better for me to add? I plan on trying this tonight!
It’s up to you, both will work but I would lean toward cream:)
This looks so good. Adding it to the meal plan this week. Hoping my family will finally start to like shrimp. Fingers crossed!
Crossing fingers now:)
Okay! So you totally did it! My PICKY 7 year old ate shrimp for the very first time. For his, I only did honey and dijon and seared them, but he LOVED it with the cauliflower rice and I scrambled the eggs inside to hide them. And it’s the first time I’ve heard my husband say he liked shrimp. I had to use Siracha but it totally worked as well. A new favorite dish for sure! THANKS!
Yessssssss! That’s what I like to hear! I am so glad. You made my day:)
Made it today and added some pointed cabbage and it was delicious! That sauce is so good!
Oh sounds good!! Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate it!
Do you happen to know the Macros for this recipe? Thanks in advance!
Hi Laura. I am sorry, I do not.
Made this tonight. So delicious and so incredibly easy!! Dinner done in a snap!
Hi Kristina, I am so glad you liked it! Thank you for letting me know….sometimes it’s crickets out there:)