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Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

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Cauliflower “Fried Rice” which replaces rice with cauliflower is my favorite low-carb side dish when I’m craving Chinese take-out!

Cauliflower "Fried Rice" which replaces rice with cauliflower is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!
Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional Fried Rice made with leftover rice, but when I want a lower carb version this Cauliflower Rice is perfect! I posted this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe  a while back, and it was a huge hit. So I decided to play around with that recipe and make this Asian version to go with these Shrimp Egg Rolls, and my husband (who detests cauliflower) was pretty amazed how the meal turned out. The portions are generous and you get a serving or two of vegetables into your diet.

Cauliflower "Fried Rice" is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!

I LOVE fried rice, and often make my own fried rice at home with brown rice like this Edamame Fried Rice and this Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice. But sometimes when I want to cut down on my carbs, I swap out the rice for cauliflower to make this low-carb cauliflower fried rice. A keto, gluten-free and whole30 compliant recipe.

How do you make cauliflower into rice?

It’s simple! You cut the cauliflower into florets, then place a few pieces at a time in the food processor and pulse a few times until it resembles rice. You don’t want to put too much in the food processor as it will over-process it. Cauliflower rice is also now available pre-cut and bagged in the produce section as well as frozen, but my preference is to make it myself as it tastes better than frozen, and often the pre-cut fresh variety spoils fast.

Cauliflower "Fried Rice" which replaces rice with cauliflower is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!Cauliflower "Fried Rice" which replaces rice with cauliflower is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!Cauliflower "Fried Rice" which replaces rice with cauliflower is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!Cauliflower "Fried Rice" which replaces rice with cauliflower is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!

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Cauliflower "Fried Rice"

4.87 from 73 votes
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Cals:108
Protein:9
Carbs:14
Fat:3
Cauliflower "Fried Rice" is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
Cauliflower "Fried Rice" is my favorite low-carb side dish when I'm craving Chinese take-out!
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/3 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head, about 24 oz cauliflower, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 small onion, diced fine
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 scallions, diced, whites and greens separated
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce, or more to taste (Tamari for Gluten Free, Coconut Aminos for Paleo/Whole30)

Instructions

  • Remove the core and let the cauliflower dry completely.
  • Coarsely chop into florets, then place half of the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is small and has the texture of rice or couscous – don't over process or it will get mushy. Set aside and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
  • Combine egg and egg whites in a small bowl and beat with a fork. Season with salt.
  • Heat a large saute pan or wok over medium heat and spray with oil.
  • Add the eggs and cook, turning a few times until set; set aside.
  • Add the sesame oil and saute onions, scallion whites, peas and carrots and garlic about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.Raise the heat to medium-high.
  • Add the cauliflower "rice" to the saute pan along with soy sauce. Mix, cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
  •  Add the egg then remove from heat and mix in scallion greens.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 1/3 cup, Calories: 108 kcal, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Protein: 9 g, Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 47 mg, Sodium: 868 mg, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 1 g

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474 comments on “Cauliflower “Fried Rice””

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    Shirley Clayton

    Very good recipe Make it very often. I add a can of chicken and make it into Chicken Fried Rice.

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    Rachel N - Perth, Australia

    I’ve made this so many times and it is hands down the tastiest cauliflower rice recipe ever. I could eat this every day 🙂

  3. This is delicious! I squeezed the water out of the riced cauliflower before I cooked and was amazed at the liquid that came out! I also added chopped chicken because it’s zero WW points for me. Add some zero point Hot sauce of your choice and it’s AMAZING! 

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    Alexis McLeod

    Hi there quick question about the nutrition numbers. It states that 1 portions is 11/3 cups. I am not quite sure what that means.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. A tiny math lesson, even though in this context it’s almost always correct to assume mixed number (1 1/3) as opposed to improper fraction (11/3): 11/3 (improper fraction) would be 3 2/3 (mixed number) because there are 3 complete sets of 3/3 (3 + 3 + 3 = 9) and then 2 more left over (9 + 2 = 11). Granted, that’s not the right answer (because it’s the mixed number 1 and 1/3), here, I just wanted to throw it out there for anyone who may see something like that in a legitimate context and need a refresher on the math!

  5. This is absolutely fantastic – thank you. I made some mods based on macro needs and I truly felt like I was having legit fried rice, which I’ve not had in YEARS!!! Unbelievable!!! My mouth couldn’t be happier and I couldn’t have done it without ya 😊

    1. It’s really quite good. Don’t expect it to be fried rice, but it doesn’t have that cauliflower taste. I sauteed red peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini instead of peas and carrots, and used a package of frozen riced cauliflower and cooked it until it seemed dry. I didn’t even serve it with chicken like I planned because it was so good on it’s own! (But I feel like I should add I’ve been on a low carb, low fat diet for a while so maybe my expectations are low)

  6. Added garlic powder and onion powder; used 2 eggs instead of 1. This stuff is great! Does not have that distinct cauliflower flavor. Taste like authentic fried rice! Will make again!