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Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Our family loves this flavorful cauliflower fried rice dish - perfect as a main dish or side!
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  1. Cauliflower Fried Rice Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe
  3. How To Serve
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This easy cauliflower fried rice is a great alternative to regular fried rice since cauliflower is vegan, low carb, paleo diet-friendly, keto diet-friendly, and a whole30 food. Fry up this vegetable along with extra veggies and seasonings for a flavorful side dish.

Our cauliflower breadsticks and cauliflower mac and cheese are two more cauliflower recipes that will add an extra serving of vegetables to your day.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 15-ounce bag of riced cauliflower
  • 10-ounce bag of frozen vegetables
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt or onion powder

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VEGGIES: In this healthy cauliflower rice stir fry, add bean sprouts, snow peas, garlic cloves, red bell pepper, or green onions for even more delicious vegetables in this already yummy dish.

PROTEIN: Add chicken, pork or ground beef as a great way to include even more protein to your dish and to turn this recipe into a main course option.

GARNISH: A sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of your cauliflower rice will finish off your dish in the perfect way.

COOKING OIL: In place of the olive oil, you could also opt to use sesame oil for frying the rice instead.

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How To Make This Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can’t boil cauliflower rice like you would normal rice. In a cold dish like a salad, you don’t even need to cook it at all. For other dishes, it works best to quickly sauté it.

STEP ONE: Heat your oil in a large skillet or large wok until it’s warm and simmering, then add your raw cauliflower rice and mix. Spread into an even layer and let cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir and let continue cooking for 5 to 6 more minutes until moisture is gone.

PRO TIP:

Don’t sauté it for too long. This will make your cauliflower rice soggy, and nobody wants that.

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STEP TWO: Add your veggies and cook through, then make a well in the middle of the pan and add the whisked eggs.

veggies and eggs added to the skillet of cooked cauliflower rice

STEP THREE: Scramble the eggs as they cook, then mix them into the rest of the dish. Add your seasonings and give it another stir.

PRO TIP:

Don’t use too much soy sauce. Since cauliflower rice is not a grain, it doesn’t absorb liquids the same way rice does. If you use too much sauce or dressing, it’ll just pool at the bottom. Start with less and work your way up.

Cauliflower Fried Rice being cooked in a skillet

STEP FOUR: Top with soy sauce before serving.

How To Serve

This would be a great side dish for when you are looking for something a little different. Serve it with these delicious sweet and sour meatballs or orange chicken for the perfect alternative to takeout.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Try to eat cauliflower rice the same day you make it. Not only does leftover rice start to soften after a few days in the fridge, but it also starts to smell! 

IN THE FREEZER: Unfortunately, like most recipes with frozen veggies, it’s not a great meal to freeze. The main problem is that the reheated version turns out soggy and watery and doesn’t retain the flavors from the spices and soy sauce.

My best suggestion is if you are making your own cauliflower rice, freeze it in an airtight container before it’s cooked. When you want to have cauliflower fried rice for dinner, you just have to toss everything in a pan and sauté it.

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Switch out regular rice the next time you need a tasty side to your meal. This cauliflower fried rice is so quick and easy to make and is a delicious way to add extra veggies to your meal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I find pre-made cauliflower rice?

Most supermarkets sell frozen versions of cauliflower rice, making it a quick alternative to making your own.

Can I rice my own cauliflower?

If you can’t find cauliflower rice at the grocery store, you can rice cauliflower either from cauliflower florets or a head of cauliflower cut into pieces. Place florets in a blender or food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.

Can I freeze cauliflower fried rice?

While we don’t recommend freezing cooked cauliflower rice as it will become soggy once thawed, cauliflower rice freezes well raw. You can add it right to your skillet once you are ready to stir fry the cauliflower for dinner.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

5 from 4 votes
Our family loves this flavorful cauliflower fried rice dish – perfect as a main dish or side!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 15 ounces riced cauliflower
  • 10 ounces frozen vegetables
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt or onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Heat your oil in a pan until it's warm and simmering, then add your cauliflower rice and mix. Spread into an even layer and let cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir and let continue cooking for 5 to 6 more minutes until moisture is gone.
  • Add your veggies and cook through, then make a well in the middle of the pan and add the eggs.
  • Scramble the eggs as they cook, then mix them into the rest of the dish. Add your seasonings and give it another stir.
  • Top with soy sauce before serving.

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Notes

  • You can’t boil cauliflower rice like you would normal rice. In a cold dish like a salad, you don’t even need to cook it at all. For other dishes, it works best to quickly sauté it.
  • Don’t sauté it for too long. This will make your cauliflower rice soggy, and nobody wants that.
  • Don’t use too much soy sauce. Since cauliflower rice is not a grain, it doesn’t absorb liquids the same way rice does. If you use too much sauce or dressing, it’ll just pool at the bottom. Start with less and work your way up.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1034mg | Calcium: 54mg | Vitamin C: 39mg | Vitamin A: 2637IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 399mg | Cholesterol: 164mg | Calories: 160kcal | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 9g | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 11g | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Ma says

    5 stars
    This was very easy and delicious. I added sirachi on top after plating. Next time I will sauté a small onion before I add the cauliflower and add some chicken for protein.

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