Want to learn how to make cauliflower rice the easy way? This low-carb staple can easily be cooked and prepared within 10 minutes right in your microwave.
Cauliflower is one of those low carb vegetables that’s super versatile. Low carbers have found ways to disguise things that are forbidden on the diet using it.
You’ll find low-carb pizza crust, faux fried rice, and more made from riced cauliflower. And, when processed well with butter, cream, garlic, and cheese, the vegetable makes a great substitute for mashed garlic potatoes.
Ingredients Needed To Make Cauliflower Rice
This recipe/tutorial is for basic cauliflower rice, so the only ingredient you need is a head of cauliflower!
There are tons of different ways you can spice up cauliflower rice and use it. Two of the most popular ingredients to add to cauliflower rice is garlic and onions because it makes it tasted like fried rice.
After you cut up and prepare the cauliflower rice, my recipe shows you how to cook it in the microwave in just a few minutes.
- Cook it on the stovetop. Want to cook the riced cauliflower on the stovetop rather than microwaving? It’s just as easy! You simply need to stir fry it in hot oil over medium heat until it’s tender.
- You can steam it too! If you want to steam the vegetable rather than sauté it in the pan, simply cover it with a lid until it’s tender. The liquid in the fresh cauliflower will come out as it’s heated and steamed. I do recommend using a non-stick skillet for this method just to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
How To Rice Cauliflower
When it comes to making cauliflower rice, all you need to do is to chop the head of cauliflower into lots of tiny pieces that resemble grains of rice. How you chop them up is entirely up to you.
The most popular (and easiest) way to make cauliflower rice is with a food processor.
Use A Food Processor
It contains the mess (cauliflower can be very messy when you chop it up with a knife) and turns it into a rice-like texture in moments.
If you don’t have a food processor, I recommend buying one. A food processor is the best way to shred cheese and zucchini too, so you’ll get plenty of use out of it.
I use the grating blade on my food processor to rice the vegetable. But, you can also cut a head of cauliflower in large chunks and pulse it in the food processor until it’s finely chopped.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice Without A Food Processor
A hand chopper should work as well to make cauli rice. It works similar to a food processor to finely chop vegetables. The biggest difference is that it’s hand-powered so there’s no need for electricity.
Even if you have an electric food processor, a hand-powered manual food chopper is great to have as a back-up or for times when you lose power.
Use A Knife
You can also rice the cauliflower the old fashioned way with a knife and cutting board. Just keeping cutting it until it finely chopped. This method is great if you’re good with a knife and don’t mind the extra time needed to manually cut the vegetable.
Personally, I like to save time by using a food processor.
How To Cook Cauliflower Rice
Once the cauliflower is finely chopped in the food processor or a manual hand chopper, it’s ready to be cooked. My preference is to cook it in the microwave. So, I put it in a covered glass Pyrex casserole dish and nuke it for 5 minutes on high power.
There’s no need to add water to the dish as there’s plenty in the fresh cauliflower that steams it in the microwave. It’s literally just taking riced cauliflower, placing it in a covered microwavable dish, then cooking for a few minutes on high.
What To Serve With Cauliflower Rice
Now that you know how to make this low-carb rice, how will you serve it? There are so many things you can do with this keto-friendly rice, it’s impossible to list them all!
I find this healthy keto rice is a staple for the low-carb diet and so easy to make. And, it’s perfect for making keto pork fried rice when you’re craving low-carb Chinese food.
I just discovered a recipe using the low carb rice that is so good my 13-year-old daughter ate it without detecting that it contained a vegetable she would never eat.
My daughter is extremely picky and hates just about every vegetable known to man. But, she loves the quick riced cauliflower with cheese and bacon that I whip up in the microwave. And, she never refuses a slice of the ever-popular cauliflower pizza recipe with pepperoni and cheese!
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Cauliflower Rice
Before we get to the recipe, here are a few questions people ask about cauliflower rice.
Can I Buy Cauliflower Rice That Is Already Chopped Up?
Yes, you certainly can and it is just as healthy as if you made it yourself.
Most grocery stores these days also sell fresh riced cauliflower in the produce section. And, you’ll find it in the frozen vegetable section too.
I personally like to make it myself because I can make larger batches of cauliflower rice to meal prep different dishes. It can also be much more affordable.
Does Cauliflower Rice Taste Like Rice?
Cauliflower does have a mild flavor, just like rice. However, it will have an earthier, nuttier taste that definitely tastes different than white or brown rice.
I will admit- You will notice a difference, but it is still a fantastic low-carb substitute for rice.
How Do You Use Leftover Cauliflower Rice?
If you find yourself with too much leftover, I’ve got a solution for that. I put together a whole collection of easy and delicious recipes using riced cauliflower!
What’s your favorite way to eat cauli rice? Do you eat it plain, fry it up, or use it as an ingredient in a favorite low carb recipe? Did you know there are other low carb rice substitutes too?
Do you have another method for cooking riced cauliflower? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!
More Low-Carb Side Dish Recipes
If you enjoyed learning how to make your own cauli rice, here are some more keto sides that will enhance your next meal.
- Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a kid-friendly side dish that you can easily transform into a filling lunch.
- Keto Zucchini Fritters are a crispy side dish that is perfect for parties or as a fun part of lunch.
- Keto Fries are crispy and taste like fast food fries, but they are made out of jicama.
- Roasted Radishes are colorful and add some crunch to your meal that satiates your salty cravings.
- Keto Broccoli Salad With Bacon and Cheese is low-carb comfort food that will fill you up!
Quick Cauliflower Low Carb Rice
- 1 head cauliflower grated or finely chopped
- Place grated or finely chopped cauliflower in a covered glass microwave dish.
- Microwave about 5 minutes or until just tender.
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Post updated on February 25, 2021, with new images and additional tips. First published on October 16, 2010.