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How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Learn how to make cauliflower rice so that you can ditch the carbs a little easier!

Bowl of cauliflower rice with chopsticks, next to a skillet of freshly cooked cauliflower rice.

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So you want to learn how to make cauliflower rice? Sweet!

I love the stuff. It’s easy to make, tastes delicious and is an excellent low carb side dish! There are a couple of different ways to make it and I’ll go through each. Skip to the recipe card for the cooking / seasoning directions or read on for ricing techniques and any questions you may have!!

If I’ve missed something, let me know in the comment section below ๐Ÿ™‚

Skillet filled with cooked cauliflower rice with a wooden spoon in the center.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

The easiest way, in my opinion, is to use a food processor.

Food processor method

There are two ways to use a food processor to make cauliflower rice.

Cutting board with whole head of cauliflower, freshly washed, and a knife. Food processor is next to the cutting board.

Use the blade

How to: Chop cauliflower into florets and pulse using the blade until the cauliflower is the size of rice grains.

Issues: You run the risk of having the florets break down too quickly whereas the stem takes longer to break down. This means either the florets begin to turn to mush or the stem doesn’t get broken down quite enough.

Use the grater attachment

How to: Place the grater attachment inside the food processor. Chop the cauliflower into florets and push through the food processor so that it cuts the cauliflower into rice sized pieces.

Issues: With the grater attachment, the florets get sliced into perfect rice sized pieces, but the steam turns into these long pieces that more resemble chopped cabbage.

My preferred way

Wash the cauliflower, chop in half, remove and discard the leaves. Chop up the cauliflower so that you remove as much of the florets from the steam as possible.

Attach the blade into the bottom of the food processor and dump in all the steam pieces only. Pulse the food processor until the steams are all in rice sized pieces.

Remove the blade from the food processor and place the grater attachment onto the center post inside. No need to remove the pulsed stems. Secure the lid and turn the machine on. Push the cauliflower florets through the machine.

Voila! You’ve got a bowl full of riced cauliflower! You’re now ready to cook it.

Chopped cauliflower on a cutting board, next to a knife and a food processor.

Grater Method

Don’t have a food processor? Or just hate cleaning them? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Well, I hate cleaning them, however, I don’t mind when it comes to cauliflower rice because it turns out so incredibly well with a food processor! Either way, here is how to make cauliflower rice with a cheese grater:

Wash the cauliflower and chop in half. Remove and discard the leaves, then chop the cauliflower into florets. Using the large holed side of a cheese grater, simply grate the entire cauliflower into rice sized pieces.

That’s it! Now let’s cook that cauliflower rice ๐Ÿ™‚

Bowl of riced cauliflower, ready to be cooked.

How to cook cauliflower rice

The idea is to steam the cauliflower so that it becomes light and fluffy.. like rice..

Heat a skillet on medium heat and melt a bit of butter. Toss in the cauliflower rice and sprinkle in some garlic powder, salt and pepper. Give it a stir, add a lid and reduce the heat to medium low.

The cauliflower rice will take about 5-7 minutes. Give it a stir a couple of times throughout the cooking process, and once it is nice and fluffy, serve it hot, however you like!

Skillet filled with cooked cauliflower rice, steam rising, with a wooden spoon in the center.

How to make Cauliflower Rice Video

Watch the whole process go down in this video:

What to make with cauliflower rice

There are sooo many dishes that just wouldn’t be the same without cauliflower rice. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Instant Pot Low Carb Korean Beef – a super easy weeknight meal featuring beef chunks pressure cooked in a delicious spicy-ish sauce

One bowl of low carb korean beef with cauliflower rice. Garnished with crushed cashews.

Low Carb Peanut Chicken – Chicken and veggies smothered in a low carb peanut sauce.. I know.. it’s insane.. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this delicious Low Carb Peanut Chicken is perfect for a weekday meal the whole family will love!

*recipe coming soon!

Plate of low carb peanut chicken with cauliflower rice and garnished with peanuts and chopsticks.

Keto Sweet and Sour MeatballsSkip the take out with these healthy and delicious Keto Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Low carb and sugar free, this dish is always a hit, for good reason!

Two bowls of keto sweet and sour meatballs with cauliflower rice on the side. Garnished with chopped green onion and chopsticks.

Keto Teriyaki ChickenReady in under 30 minutes, this Keto Teriyaki Chicken features a homemade sugar free teriyaki sauce, chicken thighs and broccoli, making it a great weekday meal!

Two bowls of keto teriyaki chicken with cauliflower rice on the side.

Keto Butter Chicken – Get your YUM on with this Keto Butter Chicken, featuring chicken breast drenched in a flavour packed and velvety smooth sauce, served over Cauliflower Rice.

Two plates of keto butter chicken with cauliflower rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Benefits of cauliflower

If I make a dish with cauliflower rice as the only side dish and forget (gulp!) to make vegetables to go along with the meal, I instantly panic. No vegetables?!

Oh right, it isn’t rice I’m serving, it’s cauliflower! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Cauliflower isn’t just awesome for turning into rice, it’s also super good for you. Check out this info from healthline to read all about the bangin’ nutrients cauliflower has to offer!

Frequently asked questions

I’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions I hope will be some help. If I haven’t answered your question, please feel free to drop it in the comment section below the recipe card!

Does cauliflower rice taste good?

YES! It does not exactly taste like rice, yet has a nice mild flavour that will compliment the same dishes you would traditionally serve with rice. But to me, and especially my husband, it’s delicious.

The biggest difference I find between rice and cauliflower rice is that the flavour of whatever I am eating with the cauliflower rice will come through a lot stronger than rice because rice tends to soak up and take over flavours. This means you will want to be careful with spicy dishes, so that you don’t go overboard and have it being too spicy or flavourful.

Can you make cauliflower rice ahead of time?

You sure can! The best way to go about this is to get the cauliflower into its riced form and refrigerate it while still raw. Pack the rice into a ziploc bag with the air removed and place into the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Once ready, go ahead and continue on with the cooking method.

How long does cauliflower rice last?

If you pack the raw cauliflower into a ziploc and refrigerate, it will last about 5 days.

If the cauliflower rice has been cooked, pack it into an air tight container and refrigerate. It will last 2-3 days.

Can I reheat cauliflower Rice?

You sure can! The best way would be to microwave for a minute or two until nice and hot. If you don’t have a microwave, toss it into a skillet and warm on medium low heat.

Can I freeze cauliflower Rice?

Yes! If you are going to freeze it, you’ll want to freeze it while it is still raw. Pack the riced cauliflower into a freezer safe ziploc bag, remove the air and toss into the freezer. It will last about 6 months or so in the freezer.

I mean, what CAN’T cauliflower do?

Well, it can’t do the dishes or laundry.. or drive Zoey to school.. Seriously though, there are so many amazing ways to use cauliflower besides just making rice.

I’ve tried a cauliflower grilled cheese sandwich which was absolutely horrendous. No joke. So bad. I was hesitant to try anything cauliflower related for a long time after that one. Eventually I made a Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad which is an excellent mock version of a bacon potato salad.

My other favourite starch replacement is Cauliflower Mash. I use it in my Keto Shepherd’s Pie recipe that is THE BOMB! So, so good. I’ve had many people shocked that it was cauliflower, not mashed potato, after they had had a large helping of the pie.

One thing I have yet to try? Cauliflower Pizza Crust. This recipe from ifoodreal looks super yummy and is on my bucket list to try. If you’ve had it, what is your opinion?

Love this recipe? Try these other recipes using cauliflower next:

Instant Pot Chicken Vegetable Soup

Ranch Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

Cauliflower Chowder with Cheddar and Bacon

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Bowl of cauliflower rice with chopsticks, next to a skillet of freshly cooked cauliflower rice.
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How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Learn how to make cauliflower rice so that you can replace rice in any dish with ease. It's fast, easy, delicious, low carb and keto friendly!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian, Low Carb
Keyword cauliflower rice, low carb side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 60kcal
Author Aleta

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ยฝ tsp garlic powder
  • ยผ tsp sea salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

Instructions

Directions

  • Wash cauliflower then remove the leaves. Chop into florets. Grate using into rice sized pieces using a cheese grater or food processor. See post above for options and specifics. There is also a video above you can watch!
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat with the butter. Once melted, add the cauliflower rice and sprinkle in the remaining ingredients. Stir the cauliflower rice, place a lid over top and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring a couple of times in between, until the cauliflower rice is soft and fluffy.
  • Serve hot however you like.

Notes

See post above for all the different ways to make cauliflower rice with a cheese grater or food processor, including the BEST way, in my opinion, to do so.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used. ย 
Based off of a medium sized head of cauliflower that makes 4 cups of cauliflower rice:
Deduct fibre from total carbs to get 3 g net carbs per serving of 1 cup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.3g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 3.7g | Sodium: 189mg | Fiber: 3.3g

26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great post! Love how you include the serving suggestions…would love to try the Teriyaki Chicken!

  2. 5 stars
    Always wanted to try cauliflower rice, not to replace rice, just as an alternative. Thanks for the suggestions, tips, and recipe. Will make soon!

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a great recipe. Love this as an alternative to regular rice. Easy to make and my whole family enjoys cauliflower. I would love to make this with some of the coloured cauliflowers in the fall.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been a fan of cauliflower rice for years, it’s such a great alternative to traditional rice! It goes so well with almost any dish, and doesn’t leave me feeling bloated or heavy. Thank you for sharing your version of this dish!

  5. 5 stars
    I really love cauliflower rice! Sometimes I think I enjoy it more than traditional rice in most recipes.

  6. Amanda Mason

    5 stars
    I love that this recipe calls for such simple ingredients, yet this is an extremely versatile food! I love cauliflower rice and tend to buy it in a package at the store. But I need to make my own. This blog post is SO helpful! I’ll be making this for sure!

  7. 5 stars
    I love using cauliflower rice in place of regular rice! It’s so simple to make.

  8. Marisa F. Stewart

    5 stars
    I’ve seen the cauliflower rice in the stores and I’ve wondered how it’s done. I can’t believe how easy it is plus it’s so much cheaper than buying it already made. I can think of so many recipes I could use the cauliflower in place of. Thank you for sharing. I’ve got some rice recipes i can sub with this.

  9. Cauliflower rice is such a good alternative to regular rice. Love some of your serving suggestions!

  10. I’ve never made cauliflower rice before but I love the idea of working more veggies into our diet (I’m pretty sure we don’t get nearly enough…). We’ll definitely be giving this a try in the not-too-distant future!

  11. 5 stars
    I’m a rice eater, but i’m trying to get out of white rice and substitute with cauliflower rice. I love to flavor my cauliflower rice and serve it with some spicy side dish, the way I enjoy it. Serving it with meatballs is something I need to try soon. Looks delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    I made cauliflouwer rice once…but then left it in my freezer and never cooked it. So I have never actually tried it! Time to give it another go!!

  13. I make mine and add turmeric, makes it super yummy and a nice bright colour too, goes excellent with a Keto curry

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