Asian Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Shrimp (gluten-free, paleo)


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This Asian cauliflower rice recipe is loaded with ginger shrimp, avocados, parsley and cilantro and topped with a sauce of tamari, sake and sesame oil.

Asian Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Shrimp |

The traditional version of this Asian cauliflower rice recipe was one of my favorites before I diagnosed with celiac. A delicious fusion of flavors from the soy sauce, brown rice, toasted sesame oil, sake, rice vinegar, ginger and cilantro. It was out of this world and unbelievably good.

But once I went gluten-free soy sauce was one of the first things that had to go. That meant that I had to get creative with all my Asian-inspired recipes. I was initially concerned that the flavors of this dish just wouldn’t be the same with my rejiggering, but boy was I wrong. It’s still as wonderful as the original, with that tasty umami flavor.

Today, I do enjoy tamari, but if you’re soy-free you can easily substitute coconut aminos for the tamari. Of course, if you eat white or brown rice, feel free to use those, though I swapped in cauliflower rice for a less starchy meal – and it’s delicious.

As you can imagine, this version updated version of my Asian cauliflower rice with ginger shrimp is WAY healthier than the original. Gotta love that.

If you’re new to the world of cauliflower rice, make sure to watch my video on how to make cauliflower rice. I walk you through the process step-by-step. It’s easy to make and having cauliflower rice on hand (or in your freezer) comes in handy for so many different recipes. Because after you make this Asian cauliflower rice with ginger shrimp, I think you’re gonna want to make my cauliflower fried rice and cauliflower rice tabbouleh recipes.


Asian Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Shrimp |

(gluten-free, paleo) Asian Cauli Rice with Ginger Shrimp |

Asian Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Shrimp

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This Asian cauliflower rice recipe is loaded with ginger shrimp, avocados, parsley and cilantro and topped with a sauce of tamari, sake and sesame oil.


  • 1 cauliflower rice recipe
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped



  • Place the shrimp in a bowl. Add the ginger and sake and toss lightly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the shrimp is marinating, prepare the cauliflower rice according to the recipe and set aside.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat to medium and add the marinated shrimp, including the ginger and sake. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until pink and cooked through. Drain in a colander and let the shrimp cool slightly.
  • While shrimp is cooling, mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Peel, pit and dice the avocados. Place into a large mixing bowl and lightly toss with the lemon juice. Add the cauliflower rice, shrimp, parsley and sauce. Mix gently and serve at room temperature or chilled.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 428mg | Sodium: 2309mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 41.8mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 5.2mg
Course: Main Meal
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Asian Cauliflower Rice, cauliflower rice, Cauliflower Rice Recipe, Ginger Shrimp
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Hi Lisa. We don’t keep alcohol in our house, so what can be substituted for the sake, or any alcohol? Thank you! I’m new to the gluten free, Paleo way of eating and am looking forward to trying your recipes. I am sensitive to dairy and am almost completely dairy free. Darn that cheese and those biscuits and gravy!!

  2. This is great for days I need to take a break from my favorite carbs! Love the added ginger – so delicious!5 stars

  3. Such a great dish – full of fresh and delicious flavour. We enjoyed this very much for a light dinner!5 stars

  4. I love everything about this cauliflower rice! Thea addition of avocado adds just enough creaminess and balances out all the other flavors!5 stars