Cauliflower Stir-fried Rice with Shrimp

Let’s talk after work dinners. I’m talking got in the door and your eyes are burning because you’re so tired dinners. Looking at your bed only makes it more likely you’re going to eat a bag of chips in bed for dinner dinners. There’s nothing made you can heat up as a leftover but you really shouldn’t order in dinners.

I’ve got a dinner for you. It’s really quick and easy. There’s a lot of cheating involved, with pre-riced cauliflower and premade sauce. (Nice.) It’s really, really tasty. And – bonus – it’s actually pretty healthy, meaning that you can feel good about a meal that takes about the same time to make as a frozen pizza. That’s what we call a win-win.




In this meal, veggies are the star, although the shrimp is a nice little bonus, a pop of protein and delicately sautéed seafood alongside the produce standouts of the season. While I’ve approximated a recipe below, there’s really no way to go wrong here – adjust the veggies to whatever you want them to be, play with the seasonings, change the type of sauce you mix in. There are no wrong answers.

Pairs well with a crisp white wine, open windows, and a grapefruit-scented candle.


Cauliflower Stir-fried Rice with Shrimp


½ pound raw shrimp (tails removed, deveined)

3 cloves garlic, minced

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Zucchini, cut into medallions

Yellow summer squash, cut into medallions

Onion, diced

Red bell pepper, sliced

Scallions, sliced

1 egg

Whole Foods Spicy Chili Thai marinade (I found this near the seafood section)

Sriracha (optional)


Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic in a wide pan over medium-high heat. Add medallions of zucchini and squash, diced onion, red pepper, and shrimp. Cook until shrimp is done (turns pink) – around 6-10 minutes, depending on stove. While cooking, season to taste with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Remove mixture and place in large bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan, heat. Add cauliflower rice and scallions and begin to cook cauliflower rice. Cook for approx. 3-5 minutes. In the meantime, whisk single egg in a cup. Add egg to cauliflower rice, swirling throughout. Cook until egg is thoroughly mixed and cooked, approx.. another 1-2 minutes.

Mix cauliflower rice and veggie/shrimp mixture. Add marinade and Sriracha to taste (taste frequently and adjust). And enjoy! Reheats well.