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How to Make Cauliflower Rice


Posted by on October 19, 2016 / 24 Comments

Cauliflower rice is a wonderful low-carb, grain-free, paleo-friendly rice alternative. Watch the video below to see just how simple and easy it is to make.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice // Cauliflower rice is a wonderful low-carb, grain-free, paleo-friendly rice alternative. Watch the video to see just how simple and easy it is to make.

So, funny story. I was filming this video in my studio (aka – the basement in my parent’s house) yesterday and all of a sudden it dawned on me (as tons of steam from this dish started to rise)…what would happen if all that steam hit the fire alarm/sprinkler sensor that was literally right above my head?

I mean, it’s a basement not a kitchen. And clearly not a space meant for kitchen-like behaviors with steamy, smoky things going on. My heart stopped and I had a mini “oh no!” moment right in the middle of filming with visions of ceiling rain showers and a flooded, water-logged basement.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen…though I quickly opened the windows just to be 100% sure. But could you imagine if it did? “Hi mom, yes, I flooded the basement today. How was your day at the office?” Ha! So I’m thinking that perhaps I should stick to less “cooking” style videos for the next few months, until I move into a place with a proper kitchen again. No worries though, that just means things like ice creams and yogurts are in your future.

Click on the video to see how easy it is to make cauliflower rice:

 

I actually posted this recipe for cauliflower rice two years ago, but similar to my recipe for cassava flour tortillas the photos were “meh” and begging to be updated. So that’s what I did!

Cauliflower rice (lovingly called “cauli rice”) is a healthy, low-carb, grain-free, less starchy replacement for rice. But for the record I’ve never focused on low carb, I just focus on what makes my digestion happy. Today, 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.

If you want to jazz up this basic cauliflower rice, here are 3 tasty flavor enhancements:

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.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice. It so easy to make this grain-free, paleo-friendly rice alternative. Watch the step-by-step tutorial video. How to Make Cauliflower Rice. It so easy to make this grain-free, paleo-friendly rice alternative. Watch the step-by-step tutorial video. How to Make Cauliflower Rice. It so easy to make this grain-free, paleo-friendly rice alternative. Watch the step-by-step tutorial video.

A few final 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 saute 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 and Asian Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Shrimp and Avocados.

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How to Make Cauliflower Rice
 
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This basic cauliflower rice can be used as a side dish or stir fry with vegetables, herbs and spices.
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Serves: 4-6 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Wash your head of cauliflower and use a knife to chop of the florets into small pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat the oil in an extra large skillet on medium-high and sauté the onions for two minutes, until translucent.
  4. Add the cauliflower and stir well to completely blend the onions into the cauliflower. Sauté for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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  • Liz Stark

    Thank goodness nothing bad happened during filming! I’m not a rice fan, but definitely LOVE LOVE LOVE cauliflower rice – so versatile, as you proved with your variations. Thanks for another great video/recipe!

  • Suzanne Walton Stanton

    Haha! Love the stream-of-conscious storytelling there! + I <3 cauliflower rice & thanks for the video. I'm in LOVE w/ your cutting board & fascinated by the gizmo under your large saucepan when you plate the rice. What are you using, dear Lisa? I must have those! xo

    • Thanks Suzi! Yeah, I’m in love with that walnut cutting board as well. It’s from John Boos & Co. And that gizmo thing is a portable induction stovetop…since I’m filming in the basement and not in a kitchen. ;) If you have a kitchen, you don’t need one of those. Unless you’re camping. With electricity. Haha. xo

      • Suzanne Walton Stanton

        I’ll certainly take both the cutting board & gizmo with me if I’m ever caught glamping! Thanks, Lisa! xo Suzi

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  • Tina Dawson

    I have been procrastinating on cauliflower rice for ages now (for no apparent reason at all)! I love all the different flavour ideas you’ve given here, and GORGEOUS pictures btw! Thanks so much for the recipes!

    • Cauli rice is shockingly easier than you think. And once you do it once, you’ll be hooked! Thanks Tina! :)

  • I really need to give cauliflower rice a try. Every time I see it, i think how good it looks and then completely forget to add cauliflower to my shopping list. I love all the extra tips in this post. I hadn’t heard a lot of them before! And glad your parent’s basement remains unflooded! ;)

    • It really is super versatile, though I personally love the lime cilantro rice. And yes, I think my parents are happy I didn’t flood their basement either! Lol. ;) Thanks Tracy!

  • Tara Sallinger Margetson

    Such beautiful cauliflower rice! I have been meaning to make this myself, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Definitely need to. Glad you didnt flood the basement!

  • Swanky Recipes

    Loving this recipe after a heavy holiday meal. Can’t wait to try it this week! Bet this would be wonderful with baked chicken. – Jess

    • Yes – it would be fab with baked chicken! And I hear you on lightening up after the holidays. My body is craving ALL the veggies. :) x

  • Kristine

    I love this post! I’ve never actually made cauliflower rice, but I have wanted to! I can’t wait to try it!

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  • Cheryl Kaplan-Premmana

    I usually buy fresh cauliflower… today i bought Trader Joe”s cauliflower rice in the bag. I let you know how it comes out. LOVE your cutting board. Where can I get one!

    • Wonderful – look forward to hearing! And my cutting board (which I love) is this one: http://amzn.to/2nZzhXT

      • Cheryl Kaplan-Premmana

        I sautéed 2cloves garlic, onion 2stalks celery, 2 carrots some baby bell mushrooms. 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos and cauliflower rice. Omg. Yummy
        Yikes! Cutting board is expensive …

        • That sounds amazing! Love everything you sautéed together! The cutting board is expensive, but it’s huge and really good quality. They do have smaller versions as well that are a bit less expensive. :) x

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