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Keto Biryani with Shrimp

Keto Biryani with Shrimp

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This Keto Shrimp Biryani has become one the staple meals in my house, and it makes it onto our menu multiple times a month. Recently while Lauren and I were traveling through the Pacific Northwest we ate some of the best seafood I'd ever tasted. And the abundance of such delicious seafood inspired me to whip up one of my favorite Indian recipes, but with a twist from my usual using ghrimp. Most every time I eat Indian food, I choose chicken or paneer, but very rarely with seafood. It's not that I don't like shrimp, it's just I usually buy frozen shrimp and am too impatient to thaw them. So feel free to use whatever protein you enjoy most, but I will tell you shrimp is hard to beat!

If you are an avid reader of my posts you may already know about my love of Indian food, (i.e., Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken). And this recipe is arguably my favorite of the 3... (actually I think it's a 3-way tie for 1st). It took every fiber of self control to not eat the entire recipe as a single serving. I'm glad I exhibited such self-control for 3 main reasons:

1) I probably would have physically popped**

2) I wouldn't have had any leftovers.

3) I would have worn my self out on it. #TooMuchofaGoodThing

** Upon proofreading I realized I had an extra "o" and a missing "p". I got a good chuckle out of it, and momentarily thought about leaving it that way. Obviously, I changed it to popped, but I thought my typo may bring a smile to someone else's face.

Shrimp are packed full of vitamins and minerals, especially selenium, B-12, phosphorus, choline, cooper, and iodine. Plus shrimp has many fantastic health benefits including; Anti-aging properties, cardiovascular health, bone health, brain health, and anti-cancer activity. Always be sure to purchase high quality shrimp (as well as other seafood) and opt for wild caught when possible. Shrimp is one of the most misrepresented seafoods, so also check the country of origin and avoid imported shrimp.

To read more about the nutritional benefits of shrimp and why you should be a little picky when picking out shrimp check out the links below:

Dr. Axe - Shrimp Nutrition: Is Shrimp Healthy or Harmful to Your Health? (Very Informative Article)

the World's Healthiest Foods - Shrimp

Organic Facts - 8 Incredible Benefits of Shrimp

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Serves: 4

Keto Biryani with Shrimp

This easy Keto Biryani with Shrimp has tons of flavor and a large dose of vegetables. Top it with a little homemade raita and cucumber for a complete meal.

prep time: 30 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 45 mins



12 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
2 tablespoons full-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 roma tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon grated ginger
6 cups cauliflower rice 


1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons minced cucumber
1 tablespoon minced cilantro
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin


1 cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
1/2 cup herbs (mint + cilantro)


1. In a medium bowl or ziploc bag combine all of the ingredients for the shrimp. Mix well and marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.  Make the raita by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl, refrigerate until ready to use. 

2. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to a large cast iron skillet (ours is 10.5"), add the shrimp and the marinade to the skillet and cook shrimp 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.

3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet along with the onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno. Cook 3 minutes until starting to soften. Add in the tomato and cauliflower rice, cook  until the rice is softened, about 7 minutes. Add the shrimp back to the skillet and cook a minute longer just to reheat. 

4. To serve, top with raita, sliced cucumber, and chopped herbs. 



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