Cauliflower Rice 4 Ways


Making “rice” out of cauliflower is a fun way to add another veggie into your meal. I is also a great way to make your meal grain-free if you are following the GAPS, paleo or primal diet – or if you are just looking to cut down on carbs.

I have referenced this in so many recipes, so I figured it was about time to give it a post of its own. There are a lot of different ways to cook the rice, which I will show you below, but they all start out the same.

Wash and break up the cauliflower then chop it in a food processor into small pieces.

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If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate it by hand or chop it with a knife. These are a lot more labor and time intensive, but can get you good results too.

It will look something like this:

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So, now that you have your “rice” you are ready to cook. The main way I do it is fried rice style, but you can also steam it (which is good for making large amount) or boil it. Here are descriptions of each:

Fried Cauliflower Rice
ingredients:
1 medium sized head cauliflower, chopped into small, rice-sized bits
2 Tb coconut oil (or any other fat)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, shredded or diced (optional)
2 eggs (optional)
1 Tb oyster sauce (or sweet soy sauce) (optional)
1 Tb soy sauce (or fish sauce) (optional)
(sesame oil is also an option here)
how to:
1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
2. Add cauliflower and carrot and stir into the onions. Cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, heat about 1tsp oil. Break eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork. Pour eggs into hot oil and allow to cook like a pancake. Flip once then break into small bits with spatula. Add eggs to the rice and stir in. Stir in sauces for the real “fried rice” taste.
4. Serve with any east asian dish or add chicken and make a meal!

IMG_8626Option: For a quick and simple batch of this that will go with anything, just fry the cauliflower in oil by itself with a bit of salt and pepper and maybe some garlic to taste.

Steamed Rice
ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small, rice-sized bits
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
how to:
1. Put cauliflower in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add water and allow to boil at the bottom. Turn heat down and cover the pot, capturing the steam inside.
2. Allow to steam up for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking for doneness. The cauliflower will release its own water, so you may have to leave the pot uncovered toward the end and allow to steam off.
3. Salt and pepper to taste and serve with anything!

Boiled Rice
ingredients:
1 medium sized head cauliflower, chopped into small, rice-sized bits
1 cup water or broth or meat stock (most flavorful option)
salt and pepper to taste
how to:
1. Heat large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower and liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid has evaporated.
Here is a video where I made this rice with meat stock. It tasted great with the boiled chicken!

Spanish Rice
ingredients:
1 medium sized head cauliflower, chopped into small, rice-sized bits
2 Tb butter (or any other fat)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup broth or stock
3 tsp chili powder or 1 tsp each cumin, oregano and paprika
salt and pepper to taste
how to:
1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and pepper and saute until tender. Add garlic and cook another minute.
2. Add tomatoes and broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes until tomatoes are falling apart.
3. Add spices and cauliflower and stir together. Keep simmering until cauliflower is done and liquid has evaporated.
Serve with your favorite mexican dish!

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Option: To make this rice very quick and easily, simply simmer rice together with 1/4 cup broth and 1 cup chunky salsa.

Other ways to use cauliflower rice… as a pizza crust, in a casserole, or as rice pudding (haven’t tried this one yet, but plan to soon)

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