cauliflower paella in white bowl

Instant Pot Paella with Cauliflower Rice

Paella has never tasted so good for you, with cauliflower rice! Perfect recipe for Paleo, Whole30 compliant, and low-carb diets.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 218kcal
Author Gary White


  • 3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 large head cauliflower grated
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 sausage links Aidells Chicken & Apple, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 12 oz. large shrimp peeled, deveined
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley fresh, chopped


  • Combine the chicken, 1 Tbsp. oil, paprika, and oregano in a small bowl. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Using a box grater, grate the cauliflower until it is in small, rice-size pieces. Set aside.
  • Turn on sauté setting on Instant Pot. Once hot, add 2 Tbsp. of oil, then brown sausage on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Add chicken and marinade to Instant Pot and cook thoroughly (about 7-8 minutes). Remove and set aside.
  • Add onions to IP and sauté until translucent (about 3 minutes). Then add garlic and continue cooking for another 30 seconds.
  • Add cauliflower, turmeric, and salt to IP. Mix well to combine. Then add stock, chicken, and sausage and mix again.
  • Top with a layer of thyme sprigs. Then nestle the shrimp on top in an even layer.
  • Lock lid and cook for 1 minute at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure and remove lid. Turn off IP to avoid overcooking.
  • Remove shrimp and set aside. Remove thyme sprigs and discard.
  • Pour all contents of pot into a fine mesh strainer to remove liquid, then return to pot and mix in parsley.
  • Serve in a bowl and top with shrimp. Enjoy!


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 1154mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1305IU | Vitamin C: 22.1mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3.7mg