Our cauliflower fried rice recipe proves that this delicious main course can be made with not a single grain of rice.
If fried rice is your favorite dish, you must give this ingenious creation a try. We’re making rice out of cauliflower and turning it into the most flavorful fried rice ever.
Not only delicious but cauliflower rice is also easy to make. It needs no fancy equipment and takes under five minutes.
What Is Cauliflower Rice?
Cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower chopped into fine pieces. Sometimes it’s steamed or cooked so that it turns soft, like cooked rice.
It is often used in place of white rice in many recipes. However, the dishes will differ in taste, as both of them have unique qualities.
Cauliflower Rice vs White Rice
Compared to white rice, cauliflower rice is not as starchy or sweet. But don’t get me wrong— it’s still satisfying to eat, thanks to its inviting fragrance.
Besides, there are other reasons why it deserves more attention:
- First of all, its low-carb content— one cup of cauliflower rice contains only 3 grams of carbs add white rice for comparison. This makes it highly suitable for diets that demand a limited carb intake.
- It’s more convenient to work with. Whereas white rice needs an hour of simmering (and sometimes demands its own cooker), cauliflower rice takes only five minutes.
Of course, cauliflower rice can’t replace white rice entirely, but it can make a flavorful fried rice dish. If you have a strict diet or a busy schedule, it is definitely worth a try, and so is this Cauliflower Risotto Recipe.
Here are some of our favorite recipes that feature cauliflower:
- Sauteed cauliflower: a simple side that’s best paired with any meat dish. It comprises cauliflower and chewy mushrooms, all drenched in awesome flavor.
- Mashed cauliflower: a low-carb alternative to mashed potato that’s just as creamy and yields an unforgettable fragrance.
- Kung Pao cauliflower: it’s Kung Pao chicken but the chicken cubes are replaced by cauliflower nuggets. If you love the Chinese staple, you’re gonna love this too.
- Chicken and Cauliflower: simple ingredients, especially when you’re looking to keep your meal light and healthy.
Is Cauliflower Fried Rice Healthy?
Yes, our cauliflower fried rice recipe is definitely a healthy treat.
First of all, it calls for a wide range of ingredients: shrimp, pork sausages, and a rainbow of vegetables. They are a perfect balance of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, all of which are essential building blocks for the human body’s repair and growth.
Cauliflower is also rich in fiber. Consuming sufficient fiber can promote long-lasting satiety and help you to better control your calorie consumption.
Compared to white rice, with cauliflower rice you get to fit more meat and veggies on your plate. This means you’ll have a greater serving of nutrients without having to pile up on the calories.
Finally, we adjusted the ingredients so the dish’s nutritional profile complies with our dietary guidelines.
Cauliflower rice might not be as sweet as white rice, but it allows the taste of other ingredients to shine through. This fried rice dish is, thus, deeper in flavor.
As it cooks, it loses its raw crunchiness and becomes tender. If you prefer it to be a little crunchy, you can cook it just briefly instead of thoroughly like we did.
Our cauliflower fried rice recipe includes a variety of vegetables. We used corn, peas, and carrots to bring different textures and colors to the dish.
These ingredients can take time to prep, so we suggest a more convenient option: a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. They come in varying ratios, but this will have little effect on the nutritional value (or taste) of our dish.
We picked eggs, shrimp, and sausages as the main sources of protein, with such variety adding different notes of savoriness to our fried rice.
In fried rice, eggs can be either scrambled in the pan or mixed with the rice and cooked as one. We enjoy the touch of yellow it imbues into each grain, so we chose the latter.
We chopped the shrimp finely so every spoonful has a piece in it. If you like, you can leave them whole for presentation, but either way, remember to shell them first.
Sausage is a versatile ingredient — it tastes great no matter how it’s cooked. We used smoked sausage, because it has a better flavor.
To ensure our cauliflower fried rice dish packs some spice, we added onions and garlic; the essential elements. It’s best to cook them in butter, to the point of caramelization, so they release all of their exciting flavors.
We also included chopped green onions for a little freshness adding them last, so their vibrant color is preserved.
Salt, pepper, sugar, and soy sauce are all the seasonings you need. Added in the correct proportions, they can work wonders.
The soy sauce we used is the ‘Kikkoman’ brand, due to its uniquely fragrant aroma. Don’t worry though, if you’re unable to find it, other brands will be fine too, but remember to keep an eye on the sodium content.
6. Finishing Touches
If you’ve never added toasted cashews to fried rice, it’s time you did; they’re a wonderful addition! You can skip on them but we think you’ll reconsider once you’ve tasted their silky creaminess.
To avoid having to toast a batch of nuts every time you make the dish, toast them all as soon as you get home. You can use a pan, oven, or air fryer— we found the air fryer the most convenient.
Once the dish is plated, we like to garnish it with sliced leeks, both white and green. This is optional, but it doesn’t hurt to give your food a little makeup, does it?
How to Rice Cauliflower
We often cut the florets close to the stalk, but for our cauliflower fried rice recipe, we make the cuts closer to the little flowers. They’re softer and resemble rice better.
If you want, however, you can use the tough stalk as well; whatever suits your taste.
Next, give the florets a good wash, leave to dry, and chop them in a food processor. We’re not looking for a fine paste, so pulse just three or four times, scrape the sides, and pulse one last time.
If you make more than you intended to, you can wrap them up and store them in the freezer. They can last for three months.
How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice
It’s really straightforward: mix the rice with the egg, and add the ingredients to the pan in order.
Here’s a recap:
Mix the cauliflower rice with the egg
Sauté the sausage
Caramelize the garlic and onion
Add the shrimp to the pan
Add the vegetables
Add the cauliflower
Stir in the cashew nuts
Garnish with the leeks and serve
For measurements and timing, refer to the cauliflower fried rice recipe card below.Jump to Recipe
What to Eat With Cauliflower Fried Rice
Fried rice can be dry, so we paired this fried rice with our miso soup. It’s filled with slices of salmon, shrimp, tofu, and kelp, which make for a hearty side dish.
To round everything off, we recommend a glass of passion fruit juice. It’s sweet and slightly tangy, making for a refreshing finish.
|Cauliflower Fried Rice||Main Dish||492||9.3 g||583 mg|
|Miso Soup||Side Dish||140||1.2 g||237 mg|
|Passion Fruit Juice||Beverage||118||0.0 g||30 mg|
|Total||750||10.5 g||850 mg|
More Delicious Cauliflower Ideas
When it comes to making delicious meals out of cauliflower, the possibilities are endless. We have plenty of ideas for you to get started:
- Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos Recipe
- Cauliflower Toast Recipe
- Cauliflower Manchurian Recipe (Gobi Manchurian)
- Cauliflower Alfredo Recipe
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe
- 16 oz cauliflower rice
- 2 medium eggs
- 2 oz smoked sausage diced
- 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 4 oz peeled shrimp from about 6 oz whole
- 2 oz onions diced
- 2 oz corn
- 4 oz carrots diced
- 4 oz green peas
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp scallion sliced
- 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
- 4 oz cashews toasted
- 2 oz leek sliced on a bias
- Mix the cauliflower with 2 medium eggs in a bowl.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the 2 oz smoked sliced sausage. Cook for 1 minute or until they’re slightly charred.
- Add the 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp unsalted butter, and 1 tbsp garlic straight to the pan and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Add 4 oz shrimp and cook for another minute. Remember to stir so all sides of the shrimp cook evenly.
- Add 2 oz onions, 2 oz corn, 4 oz carrots, 4 oz green peas and spread them out in the pan. Leave them to cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower rice and stir occasionally (every 30 seconds or so). Cook them for 5 minutes.
- Add 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tbsp scallion, and 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce. Stir well to work everything in and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the 4 oz cashews.
- Serve: plate the rice, garnish with the 2 oz sliced leek, and enjoy.