Cauliflower Fried Rice is something I was always a bit skeptical about, so I'm a bit late to the game with a recipe for this trend, as I tend to be with most trends.
What is Cauliflower Fried Rice?
I'm happy to say that I'm skeptical no longer. I only wish I had tried it sooner. This "rice" is simply cauliflower that gets grated into rice-like kernels, then fried in the same way that you fry actual rice. The taste and texture are surprisingly close to the real thing.
When Should You Use Cauliflower Instead of Regular Rice
Although I love regular fried rice, too. (check out Vegetable Fried Rice), using Cauliflower is a great way to get more veggies in. It's also perfect for those who are avoiding grains for Paleo or Keto diets, neither of which anyone in my house is. However, we have family and friends who are, and it's great to be able to accommodate everyone in this delicious way.
Is Cauliflower Rice Healthy?
Cauliflower is, of course, very healthy. It's not only low in calories and high in fibre, it's also high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and B vitamins. Additionally, cauliflower is a good source of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, folate, and antioxidants.
Find out more about the health benefits of eating cauliflower here: Cauliflower Nutrition
What Does Cauliflower Fried Rice Taste Like?
Similar to white rice, cauliflower has a mild flavour, so in a dish like this, it takes on and compliments the other ingredients in the recipe. There is definitely a cauliflower taste, but it isn't overly noticeable.
Yes! You Can Freeze This Fried "Rice".
You can freeze it, but the freezing process will change the texture. Instead of being tender-crisp, the cauliflower will have more moisture. It won't resemble rice as much as just cauliflower. If you don't mind that, you certainly can freeze it.
Alternately, you can "rice" the cauliflower in the food processor, then freeze it raw until you are ready to use it.
Do you Love Cauliflower?
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Cauliflower Fried Rice
- 1 cauliflower medium, about 2 lb
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
- 6 scallions, chopped white and green parts
- 2 eggs large, beaten
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 cup frozen peas & carrots
- In a food processor fitting with a grating attachment, pulse cauliflower until it resembles rice
- core and coarsely chop cauliflower
- spray a wok or large pan with cooking spray.
- add sesame oil and heat over medium
- Add garlic, ginger, and the white part of scallions, and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes
- Add cauliflower "rice", peas and carrots, and soy sauce. Turn heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes.
- Make a well in the center and add the eggs, scrambling until cooked and stirring into the cauliflower.
- Remove from heat, and stir in green scallion pieces.
- Serve hot