This cauliflower couscous recipe with prawns (scampi) and chorizo is one of my favorite as it is soo good in so many ways. It tastes incredible, it looks amazingly appetising and it is super quick and easy to make. Made in minutes eaten in seconds made in heaven eaten on Earth.
I like to call cauliflower couscous but most people know it as cauliflower rice. It depends on the size of the cauliflower and how small or big the ‘grits’ are when blended.
A dish loved by kids too
My family (including the ‘boyz’! of course) absolutely love this recipe and anything with cauliflower couscous. I’m saying boys because if there is any fuss in here food-wise, guess where is that coming from? The boyzzzzz! Obviously. Boys are the fussier ones here especially when it comes to vegetables, cauliflower in particular. They’re not so keen on the ‘holy cauli’ as I call it but whenever I make it this way, there are always happy bunnies around here.
A great cauliflower rice family meal
It has been confirmed, that it doesn’t taste anything like cauliflower. It actually doesn’t, they are totally right. No cauliflower taste or texture so, anyone that dislikes cauli should give this dish a go, just go for it!
I particularly love the prawn-chorizo-cauliflower trio. It’s a combo that will never fail to please and this low-carb prawn, chorizo and cauliflower couscous dish delivers goodness.
All these colours and flavours released by the chorizo, combined with prawns make this dish so heavenly good.
I have made this dish in the past with salmon and sea bass and it’s totally scrumptious too so if you don’t have or don't particularly love prawns, do not worry at all, use any nice fish.
I’m going through a cauli phase for quite some time now. What does this mean? Well, I make sure cauli is always present in my fridge to have some for cooking.
It is such a versatile ingredient and you can use it in so many ways. Have you ever tried making it into this beautiful cauliflower chunks or this creamy cauliflower with pork medallions? They are both beautiful dishes.
Oh yes. Definitely. Cauliflower is so good in so many ways, has very few calories, it’s low carb and gluten-free too. It is a superb source of vitamins and minerals, containing almost every vitamin and mineral that we need. Cauli has a high fibre content, Vitamin C and K and B6 and antioxidants and these qualities are just a few.
Yes, definitely! You may store this in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
This dish freezes well and can be frozen for up to a month. It needs to be thawed and reheated thoroughly.
One portion of cauliflower a day will definitely keep the doctor away.
If you are one of those that dislike cauliflower, just like I did years ago, this is definitely the way to introduce and start including the almighty cauli into your diet.
If my son says this cauliflower recipe it’s delicious, that’s a strong complement and rating for any veggie. Oh yes!
For those that love cauliflower as much as I do, here are some more delicious recipes to try: roasted cauliflower with capers and raisins dressing or something more indulgent like this cauliflower with creme and pork medallions, which is a mouthwatering dish. We also love this giant potato and cauliflower samosa a dish to die for.
I did say, cauliflower is such versatile veg, it really is and I never have enough of it.
For those dishes that cook very fast, I always prefer to prepare the ingredients ahead and have them all ready for cooking. This dish cooks in just over 10 minutes so it’s good to have everything nice and ready.
Low Carb Prawn, Chorizo and Cauliflower Couscous
- 1 cauliflower head cut into small florets
- 200 g prawns tiger prawns cleaned *
- 120 g Chorizo cut into small cubes
- 100 g red cabbage shredded
- 2 whole roast peppers *
- 3 whole garlic cloves
- 10 sprigs of fresh parsley or coriander
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¾ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 whole chilli red Thai
- 1 whole lemon or 1 lime to squeeze before serving optional
- I always prefer preparing all ingredients first. Cut cauliflower into small florets and using a blender pulse the cauliflower florets until they form grains that resemble rice or couscous. Make sure not to over pulse them. Prepare the prawns, garlic and all the other ingredients. Peel wash and chop as required.
- Place a pan on medium fire and add ⅔ of the chorizo. Shallow fry it for 1 min stirring a few times. I normally collect the extra oil (with a spoon or a tissue) as chorizo can release quite a bit. This is up to you if you wish to do this.
- Add the red cabbage, ⅔ of the chopped garlic, some black pepper, turmeric, smoked paprika and the chopped roast pepper. Sauté all for 2-3 minutes or until the red cabbage shreddings have reached the desired texture. I love it crunchy.
- Add the cauliflower couscous to the chorizo mix, season and cook ( uncovered) for 4-5 minutes stirring from time to time until the cauliflower becomes tender. When ready, turn the heat off. If you cover with a lid, cooking time will be halved.
- Meanwhile, place a separate pan on a low/medium fire pan add the ⅓ remaining chorizo and allow this to release some oil. Add the prawns, one chopped garlic clove, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are nice and pink.
- Add these to the cauliflower couscous together with the chopped parsley and the Thai red chilli if you choose to add them. Serve immediately whilst hot with a drizzle of lemon juice and … enjoy!
- ready-made cauliflower couscous or rice can be used - you can find it now ready-made in almost all supermarkets here in the UK
- I have used Jumbo/King or tiger prawns as they are called with shells and I have cleaned them all and left three with shells for decoration. I think you can buy the ready clean ones from the supermarket as long as they are big and juicy it’s perfect.
- If you don’t have roast peppers which are normally found in a jar use fresh ones which you could roast if you want to for a different flavour or simply cook the fresh ones with the Chorizo.
- Chorizo goes very well with prawns but you can replace this with pancetta or any cooking meaty sausage.
Loved this prawn and cauliflower rice recipe! The smoked paprika with the seafood was just stellar! I can't wait to make this again!
Thank you dear Jessie, I am so happy you liked my prawns and cauli couscous recipe - it is a delicious light recipe indeed.
This is one of our favourite dishes and we make it regularly since first trying it. Loads of flavour and great for lunch the next day - that's if there are any leftovers.
Thank you so much Tarnya, I am so happy you like this prawn, chorizo and cauliflower couscous dish - we love it too and make it often!
I'm all about the low-carb life right now. This recipe has everything! So delightful!!
Thank you, Leslie!
Emily Woodward says
So many wonderful flavors in this dish. Thanks for sharing!
So much flavor in this low carb dish!
Agreed! Thank you Angela!
I got the ready prepared cauliflower couscous, the flavour from the chorizo, prawn and herbs/spices make it so good!
Amanda Wren-Grimwood says
Prawns and Chorizo go so well together and I have to try the cauliflower couscous!
Thank you Amanda, let me know how you liked it ;-), I am sure you will enjoy it!
Jacqueline Debono says
I really need to eat more cauliflower! Can you believe I still haven't tried cauliflower rice or couscous?! So this is a great recipe to start with! Love the combination of prawns and chorizos!
Oh dear Jacqui, I cannot recommend you more to get the cauliflower couscous/rice started. You will not stop - it’s just great! Simply delicious 😉
Beth Neels says
This is a perfectly lovely meal! I love the substitution of the cauliflower for a starch! I really love those bowls, as well! So pretty!
Absolutely Beth, good for figure, right? 😉 Thank you so much!
I agree, cauliflower rice/couscous is definitely a good thing to try even if you think you don't like cauliflower. And as I big fan of chorizo, I'm loving the sound of the flavors in this - looks tasty!
Thank you Caroline, definitely a dish you must try - really good and super tasty 😉
Love the photos! Looks great.
Thank you so much Amanda 😉
Julie Running in a Skirt says
What a great use of shrimp and cauliflower! I always keep these around... so they are perfect to try! So tasty!
Thank you Julie, they are great delicious ingredients to have around indeed. I’m really glad you like the recipe ??
This recipe looks like it's filled with so much flavor! I'm glad I'm off today because now I have time to cook and try this out thank you!
Thank you Bryan
Let me know how you liked it. ??