Learn how to make cauliflower rice so that you can ditch the carbs a little easier!
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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 🙂
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.
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.
Don’t have a food processor? Or just hate cleaning them? 🙋♀️
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 🙂
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!
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
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!
Keto Sweet and Sour Meatballs – Skip 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!
Keto Teriyaki Chicken – Ready 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!
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.
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! 🙌🏻 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:
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How to Make Cauliflower Rice
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 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.