How to Make Cauliflower Rice
Posted by Lisa on October 19, 2016 / 29 Comments
Cauliflower Rice is a wonderful low-carb, grain-free, paleo-friendly rice alternative. Watch the Cauliflower Rice recipe video below and learn how easy it is to make at home.
Cauliflower rice (lovingly called “cauli rice”) is a healthy, low-carb, grain-free, less starchy replacement for rice. Now, I’m not necessarily a low-carb girl – I do eat white rice and other organic grains – but it’s always nice to get some extra veggies into your diet and switch things up.
As an added bonus, cauliflower rice (especially with the cauliflower rice recipes listed below) tastes delicious and is a great recipe for weekly meal prep.
Watch the video and learn how to make Cauliflower Rice:
Here are 3 tasty ways to jazz up this cauliflower rice recipe:
Garlic Parsley Cauliflower Rice
Make the recipe as listed below, but after the onions have finished sautéing, add 3-4 cloves of minced garlic to the pan and stir for a minute. Cook the cauliflower rice for 5-7 minutes, then stir in a handful of finely chopped fresh parsley before serving.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Make the recipe as listed below, but after the onions have finished sautéing, add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic to the pan and stir for a minute. When it’s done, stir in a handful of finely chopped fresh cilantro and squeeze 1-2 limes over the rice.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Make the recipe as listed below, but after the onions have finished sautéing, add 2 cloves of minced garlic to the pan and stir for a minute. Cook the cauliflower rice for 5 minutes, then add 2 tomatoes (finely diced), 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1 jalapeno pepper (seeds removed and finely diced), 1/2 tsp cumin, juice from 1 lime, and finely chopped fresh cilantro. Stir it all together for a couple of minutes then serve.
Tips for making cauliflower rice
You can use the chopper attachment on your food processor (the one you probably use most often) instead of the grater attachment, but I find that the cauliflower grains are much more consistent with the grater attachment. The chopper attachment tends to mush the florets on the bottom and not chop the florets higher up. If you don’t have a food processor, just slice your cauliflower head in half (or quarters) and use a box grater.
Don’t forget that you can also freeze cauliflower rice. Once you’ve riced the cauliflower, divide the raw cauliflower rice into Ziploc bags or other storage containers. It’ll stay good for up to 6 months. Then, when you’re ready to eat it, just toss the frozen cauliflower rice into a sauté pan as per the instructions below and cook a few additional minutes.
Once you’re savvy at making cauliflower rice, make sure to check out my other recipes for Cauliflower Fried Rice, Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh and Asian Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Shrimp. You’d probably also love my Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Herbs.
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How to Make Cauliflower Rice
This basic cauliflower rice recipe can be used as a side dish or stir fry with vegetables, herbs and spices.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 medium onion finely diced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Wash your head of cauliflower and use a knife to chop of the florets into small pieces.
Using the grater attachment on a food processor, feed the florets through the top to make small cauliflower grains. Alternatively, you could grate your cauliflower with a box grater.
Heat the oil in an extra large skillet on medium-high and sauté the onions for two minutes, until translucent.
Add the cauliflower and stir well to completely blend the onions into the cauliflower. Sauté for an additional 5-7 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper before serving.
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