Lower your carb intake and sneak in some veggie goodness with these light and healthy cauliflower rice recipes!
By swapping cauliflower for rice, you’ll be saving time, carbs, and even a bit of money since you are forgoing takeout when you make this.
Not only is cauliflower rice easy to make, it’s also fun. Cauliflower gets morphed into a fluffy rice like texture with a simple whirl of a food processor or swipe of a grater! Both methods achieve the fluffy base, without having to wait the normal 30 minutes to an hour it takes to cook rice.
Cauliflower is chock full of health benefits and has been commonly used as a weight loss recommended food. Its versatility allows it to even be morphed into mashed "potatoes" and even a creamy, healthy alfredo sauce.
Plus, it’s readily available at grocery stores and farmers market any time of the year. It’s also on EWG’s Clean Fifteen meaning it’s safe to buy conventional cauliflower if you can’t find or prefer not to buy the organic cauliflower.
While 1 cup of cooked white rice contains approximately 45 grams of carbs, 1 head of cauliflower only contains 29 grams of carbs. Cauliflower also is full of necessary nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and fiber.
When buying cauliflower, make sure the vegetable is firm and without discoloration. Make sure the florets are still tightly packed together to ensure you are buying the freshest head.
Cauliflower rice is extremely versatile and can be used to replace rice in just about any dish. Use it in stir fry, burrito bowls, and so much more. Try one of our cauliflower rice recipes below for a tasty first try of this grain-free staple.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice
What You’ll Need
1 head of cauliflower
A food processor or box grater
1. Rinse head of cauliflower and then pat dry. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut the stem off by cutting the base with a sharp chef’s knife. Discard the stem and surrounding greens.
2. Section the cauliflower into smaller pieces by quartering it. Now you are left with 4 medium-sized pieces of cauliflower which will be easier to work with. Rinse each piece thoroughly, making sure to get out any dirt. Pat dry.
3. If using a food processor, break the cauliflower into smaller pieces by separating the florets and placing them into the food processor with the S blade attached.
You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of the food processor.
4. If proceeding with the food processor, pulse cauliflower until it has been chopped into small, rice-like pieces.
If using a box grater, grate the cauliflower through the medium sized holes into a large bowl.
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5. Transfer cauliflower to a clean tea towel. Cover with another tea towel and press out any moisture thoroughly. This will allow the rice to absorb more flavor once you cook it.
Now the cauliflower rice is ready to use in one of the below cauliflower rice recipes.
5 Sensational Cauliflower Rice Recipes
These cauliflower rice recipes are packed with flavor and will bring your cauliflower rice to life!
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This recipe will bring you back to comforting memories of ordering takeout and enjoying a hearty carton of fried rice. Except you won’t be feeling sluggish afterward as this delicious fried rice recipe is made with cauliflower rice. Swap the eggs for tofu to make this entree vegan.
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Put a healthy spin on a traditional burrito bowl with this recipe by Love and Lemons. The burrito bowl’s base is cauliflower rice and is topped with black beans, corn tortilla strips, and mango plus a chile cashew cream drizzle!
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Lighten up your next sushi night and save money by making it at home with this cauliflower rice sushi recipe from 8th and Lake. The sushi is filled with more veggie goodness like sliced carrots, avocado, and purple cabbage making it a healthy wholesome dish.
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Curry is a classic warming and flavorful Thai dish that can be quite heavy. But this cauliflower rice curry recipe from Greener Resolutions is much healthier than the takeout version. With a creamy coconut milk-based sauce and a handful of veggies, this delicious dish will leave you wondering why you even considered takeout.
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The comforting creaminess of peanut butter livens up this cauliflower rice recipe from Minimalist Baker. Crispy tofu is a slathered in a savory peanut sauce and served on a bed of cauliflower rice. A touch of bok choy adds some a nutrient-packed punch of green to this dish.
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