How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

Skeptical about trying cauliflower fried rice? I certainly was. I’ve tried spaghetti squash, which supposedly tastes just like real spaghetti, but I was left feeling rather confused – really, spaghetti? Well, I assumed cauliflower rice would follow in the same vain, but I am so happy to report that I was wrong – it’s amazing! The texture is shockingly similar to couscous or even short grain rice and truthfully, it’s easier for me than cooking actual rice!

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice – Ingredient List

For the rice:
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup frozen peas

For the dressing:
1 clove garlic {minced}
1 tsp peeled/chopped fresh ginger
1 tsp chopped green onion
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

The first step to making cauliflower fried rice is to cut the head of cauliflower, first into quarters then into small florets. I use a Vitamix blender to finely chop the cauliflower, so I cut the florets pretty small {smaller than in the photo above}. I pulse about 1/2 cup of cauliflower florets at a time to avoid clogging the blender since there is no liquid added; it’s normally done in about 4 batches. Also, I’ve found a fork to be the best tool for removing stubborn cauliflower from around the blade.

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

Once the cauliflower is completely pulsed, with a rice-like consistency, it’s time to make the dressing. After cleaning out the blender, I mince both the garlic and ginger, chop the green onion {on a cutting board} and throw everything except the olive oil back in. Next, blend all the ingredients while streaming in the olive oil.

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

Heat the “rice” in a deep sauté pan, on medium-high heat. Pour the dressing over the rice, add the frozen peas and stir occasionally until the cauliflower is light golden brown, approximately 10-12 minutes.

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How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

Bon appétit!
Anna

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice
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Simple instructions for making Cauliflower Fried Rice
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice
Print Recipe
Simple instructions for making Cauliflower Fried Rice
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Clean and chop a head of cauliflower into small florets.
  2. Finely chop the cauliflower florets in small batches {approximately 1/2 cup} in either a food processor or high powered blender. Set the rice aside.
  3. Mince the garlic, peel and chop the ginger, and chop the green onion. Place the garlic, ginger, green onion, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey into the {clean} blender. Combine while streaming in the olive oil.
  4. While warming the cauliflower rice on medium-high heat, pour the dressing over the rice and add the frozen peas. Heat for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the rice is light golden brown. Enjoy!
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7 Responses to How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

  1. Amy @ BorrowedSalt.com March 10, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Fried rice is my favorite! I do it it with quinoa a lot, but this is even lighter. Love it!

    • Anna Julien March 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank you, Amy. It’s surprisingly tasty despite not actually being rice!

  2. Tedi March 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    This sounds absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Anna Julien March 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

      Thank you, Tedi!

  3. Melissa Taylor March 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    I’m so glad I read this! I thought I was supposed to grate the cauliflower. Glad I can just use my blender.

    • Anna Julien March 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

      Melissa, I’ve read people do grate the cauliflower as well, but that sounded like a big pain to me! 🙂

  4. Scott Moffett November 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    As a person with high blood pressure, I thank you for sharing this recipe. I love fried rice, but wasn’t sure of a healthy recipe.

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