Cauliflower couscous with shrimps

 When I saw a cauliflower couscous recipe for a first time in a food magazine I didn’t pay much attention to it and dismissed it, and made another pan of creamy cauli soup. 🙂 But when I stumbled upon similar recipes again and again, I decided to give it a chance. 
 I red few recipes to know how to make a cauliflower couscous: the main thing is to pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor to get tiny bits, which reminds couscous grains and then you can mix it up with any your favourite ingredients. Thus, I came up with my own recipe. Even thou, I topped cauli couscous with shrimps, you may omit it and keep totally vegetarian. Whatever you choose, this dish is full of flavour! It’s a good alternative for a regular couscous, and especially for people with gluten sensitivity. Such couscous pairs well with roasted chicken or barbecued meat as well. Cauliflower couscous with shrimps
 And you know what, now it’s my fav way to prepare cauliflower! When I served it for a dinner my husband couldn’t guess what was that – whether pasta or couscous, but he liked it. Because it tasted divine: buttery and aromatic! 🙂

Cauliflower couscous with shrimps

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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You can also try to add: chopped walnuts or pistachios, raisins, goji berries, chickpeas..
cauliflower 400g
baby onion 5-7, sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped, optinal
olive oil 1 tbsp+ butter 1 tbsp, for frying
lemon juice 1 tbsp
sea salt, black&white pepper to taste
chopped mint 1 tbsp
chopped parsley 1 tbsp
olives 6-7, stoned
extra virgin olive oil, for dressing
roasted slivered or flaked almonds 2 tbsp
medium shrimps 10 (or more if shrimps are small), cleaned
lemon juice 2 tbsp
1/3-1/2 tsp chilli flakes, optional
1 tsp sweet paprika
freshly ground sea salt and white pepper to taste
olive oil 2 tbsp, for frying
  1. Mix up all ingredients for shrimps marinade. Put shrimps in a bowl, pour over marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a fridge at least for 1 hour.
  2. Wash and roughly cut cauliflower. Using a food processor, blitz cauliflower until breadcrumbs/couscous size.
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil and butter. Add whole baby onions and fry over medium heat until golden. Add cauliflower and garlic if using, fry for 10-15 minutes or until cauliflower is ready. Add lemon juice and season to taste. Stir in chopped herbs and olives.
  4. In a separate pan heat oil and fry shrimps for 2-3 minutes on each side over medium-high heat.
  5. Arrange cauliflower couscous on a large serving plate. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with almonds. Top with shrimps.

Cauliflower couscous


  1. I love cauliflower cous cous and your recipe is wonderful! Haven’t made any for a while. I”m going to have to pick up a head of cauliflower at the market today and make it. Love your vibrant photographs too.

  2. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies as I have a number of recipes using it. My last one was mac and cheese! Then with shrimp you really have me hooked. This looks absolutely delicious, pretty pictures and presentation 🙂

    • milkandbun says:

      I think mac&cheese is a very American dish, I’ve made it a couple of times too; but I avoid to consume it for a dinner… or just close my eyes and eat! 😀 Thanks for the warm words, Juju!

  3. Katie says:

    Wow your Blog looks amazing – a love the colors! This recipe is delicious and super healthy because its so well balanced – love it!

    Love Katie

    • milkandbun says:

      Hi Katie! First, nice to meet you! 🙂 Second, thanks a lot for the sweet comment! I do hope you will find in my blog more other recipes to cook and enjoy!
      Have a lovely weekend!

    • milkandbun says:

      Yea, you definitely need to prepare it as soon as you get a cauliflower! Really! It is DELICIOUS! There are crunchiness, flavours and texture, and plus healthy ingredients, and that’s all in one dish! 🙂

    • milkandbun says:

      I’m not buying and eating it often too. 😀 But in this recipe cauliflower ‘sounds’ different, much tastier! Give it a chance and you will understand what I meant. 😉

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