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?
Then you might also like:
General Tso Cauliflower & Mushrooms
Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Curry
Cauliflower Fried Rice
- 1 cauliflower medium, about 2 lb
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
- 6 scallions, chopped white and green parts
- 2 eggs large, beaten
- 3 tablespoon 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
I always love fried rice! It's a great way to use up leftovers. Now with cauliflower... it's low-carb and grain free too!
And it's also just delicious, Jessica!
Big fan of the cauliflower fried rice. Following a keto diet it has become a bit of a staple. Thanks for sharing
You're welcome Megan!
I love the replacement of the rice with a veggie and cauliflower us perfect for this. Saving the recipe for later as this is a good weekly menu option.
Adriana, I agree, it's always great to find ways of getting in more veggies! 🙂
This is such a great low carb alternative.
Hi Dannii, yes this is perfect for low carb diets, but delicious for any diet.
I am a new convert to cauliflower rice, so I never know what to do to make it really flavorsome. This fits the bill, thank you for sharing!
As am I, Jacqui. Glad I could help. Enjoy!