Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower “Rice” Foil Packs

07.20.2017

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs are a flavorful easy dinner you can’t pass by! Shrimp and veggies are boasting of bright fresh Mexican flavors and it’s a recipe that’s set to impress everyone!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Packs

This is officially my first time making cauliflower rice and I’m now totally a believer!

These are packed with delicious flavor and also prove that there are healthy, tasty alternatives to plain white rice.

I can’t get enough of the foil packs lately. They are the perfect thing to make during the summer and I love that they are ready to serve in individual portions. And as always – that easy clean up. Who doesn’t love that??

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs

I recently made these Shrimp and Asparagus Foil Packs with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce and I loved them so much I decided we needed another shrimp foil packet recipe so here we are.

And now I can’t choose which I like better so I guess I’ll just have to add them both to the dinner rotation!

I’m totally smitten with all the fresh Mexican flavors in this one (Mexican food is the best!) and I also love how it’s hearty and filling with the triple veggies, black beans and shrimp.

This is my kind of dinner and I can’t wait to make these again!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs

How to Make Cilantro Lime Shrimp Packs

  • Preheat a gas grill over moderately high heat.
  • Prep cauliflower rice.
  • Toss shrimp, black beans, corn, green chilies, green onions, garlic, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and cumin.
  • Cut sheets of foil.
  • Divide shrimp mixture evenly among foil and wrap.
  • Grill packets until shrimp has cooked through, about 9 – 11 minutes.
  • Carefully open each packet and toss in cilantro. Serve warm with avocado slices.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs

What if I Don’t Own a Food Processor?

If you don’t have a food processor, no worries.

  • Simply grate the cauliflower instead of pulsing it in a food processor (leave it whole if grating, don’t cut individual florets) then chop it up a little more with a knife so it’s a finer texture.
  • Or use store-bought frozen, thawed cauliflower rice.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower "Rice" Foil Packs

5 from 5 votes

These packs are a flavorful easy dinner you can't pass by! Shrimp and veggies are boasting of bright fresh Mexican flavors and it's a recipe that's set to impress everyone!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large head cauliflower (or 4 cups frozen cauliflower rice thawed)
  • 1 1/4 lbs large (21/25) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 ear corn, shucked and kernels cut from cob, (or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1 (4oz) can diced mild green chilies, drained*
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and light green portion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat a gas grill over moderately high heat to about 450 - 475 degrees. 

  2. Cut cauliflower florets from head, leaving behind as much stem as possible. 

  3. Working in 2 or 3 batches, pulse florets in a food processor until cauliflower is finely chopped (it should look similar to couscous). Measure out 4 cups and transfer to a large bowl. 

  4. Add shrimp to bowl along with black beans, corn, green chilies, green onions, garlic, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper (about 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper) then toss gently to evenly coat.

  5. Cut 4 sheets of 15 by 12-inch heavy duty aluminum foil. Lay sheets individually on a flat surface. 

  6. Divide shrimp mixture evenly among foil sheets, placing each mound in the center of the foil. 

  7. Bring sides of foil inward then fold together twice and to seal, then fold ends up (and work to leave a little extra space inside for heat to circulate so everything cooks evenly, I like to pull up on the top crimp).

  8. Grill packets until shrimp has cooked through (it should appear pink in color), about 9 - 11 minutes. 

  9. Carefully open each packet and toss in cilantro. Serve warm with avocado slices.

  10. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

*I recommend draining the green chilies through a fine mesh strainer. If you just try to open the can and drain you won't get much of the liquid out. Discard liquid.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower "Rice" Foil Packs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 357mg119%
Sodium 328mg14%
Potassium 1305mg37%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 108.7mg132%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Shrimp
Calories: 503 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

28 comments

  • Sandy: This looks delicious! Can you make this in one large foil packet? I want to put it in a dish to serve (I always get little bits of foil in my mouth which I hate). July 18, 2019 at 2:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine, Id spread it out and give everything room to cook even then you’ll likely need to increase the cook time a bit too. July 19, 2019 at 7:10pm Reply

  • Marie Czarnecki: I like to cook classy, but like to share classy with my friends on FB and TWITTER. Why do you not let it happen??????? July 16, 2019 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Site is in the process of being redesigned and I am adding a Facebook feature. Sorry the previous share button had to be removed because my site and 70,000 others got hacked and redirected by the same social share widget we were all using. July 16, 2019 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Ann Cruz: I have not tried them, but I will. They look delicious. February 13, 2019 at 10:40am Reply

  • Karen: My WORD this was excellent. Very surprised at the mix of flavors, textures and all. My guests absolutely *loved* this. And no carbs! My daughter on the keto diet really appreciated this. October 19, 2018 at 8:16pm Reply

    • Alex: This recipe is fantastic (thanks Jaclyn!). But I wanted to comment to clear this up. This dish is certainly NOT keto, and it definitely has carbs. To make it keto you can always leave out the beans, corn, and onion and try to fit the rest into your daily macros. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but I don’t want keto newbies to come across this comment and think this dish is keto. It isn’t. But it’s certainly lower in carb than the rice-based alternatives, and get for lower carb diets. Oh, and it’s so easy for grilling season! Definitely easy and great for dinners. July 31, 2019 at 3:21am Reply

  • Helene Ramos: Very tasty! I would add a little more lime juice and maybe some red peppers for color. Super easy too. June 12, 2018 at 1:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes the red peppers would be delicious! Thanks for your review Helene! June 12, 2018 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Nicholas Jenkins: Cooking with foil causes Alzheimer’s. We just learned that last year. Can you do the same thing with parchment? January 4, 2018 at 9:58pm Reply

  • Laura: How can I cook these if I do not own a grill? August 11, 2017 at 9:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d cook in a preheated 450 degree oven for about the same time listed then just check for doneness. Hope you love these! September 3, 2017 at 10:33pm Reply

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