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Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Louise | February 17
Cauliflower Rice Recipe

It was Lunar New Year last Sunday, so this “rice” recipe is sort of timely. Rice is a huge part of many Asian cultures, and I’ve actually had quite a few Asian friends proclaim that they couldn’t ever go Paleo because they would never give up rice.

Well, if you’re a rice fanatic, this cauliflower rice recipe will be a tasty and satisfying non-grain alternative. Even several of my non-Paleo friends admit that this dish is pretty delicious despite being made almost entirely out of vegetables (in fact, you can omit the eggs and make it vegetarian)!

For another version of this Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe, check this one out.

I was first introduced to the amazing concept of a no-grain rice by Nom Nom Paleo (her cauliflower fried rice recipe is here). It’s since become a favorite of mine! And if you don’t already follow her, then you’re seriously missing out!

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So, here are step-by-step photos to guide you through this recipe: Start with a head of cauliflower – this makes a really large pot of cauliflower rice (4-6 bowls). Cauliflower Chop off the stems from the cauliflower and chop the florets into smaller pieces. Place into the food processor with the blade attachment. Cauliflower Food process the cauliflower until it’s finely chopped. This creates rice-like mini-florets. Cauliflower You can actually just cook this by itself, but I like to flavor it with a few other veggies and eggs (pot roast is another good addition that I’ve added in before). While I have the food processor out, I will use it to chop up an onion. onion And also a green jalapeno pepper and a red bell pepper (to add some spiciness and some color), although you could substitute with other vegetables. peppers Saute the onions first in a bit of coconut oil – make sure you really squeeze all the water out of the onions before putting them into the pan. onions in pan Then add in the peppers (or other vegetables) – again, squeeze all the water out (this prevents you from getting soggy rice). peppers in pan Meanwhile, whisky 3 eggs together and make an egg pancake in a pan with a bit of coconut oil. (You can just scramble the eggs if you want, but it’s best to not have the egg bits clump together, which often happens in scrambled eggs.) egg pancake After the egg pancake is pretty solid, break it up into small pieces. egg pancake Now, add the cauliflower “rice” florets (again, squeeze all the excess water out) and the cooked eggs to the onions and peppers. Cauliflower Rice Recipe Cook it for around 5 more minutes (you can cook it for longer if you want softer “rice”) and add in your spices (I typically just add salt and pepper with occasionally a dash of coconut aminos (or soy sauce)). Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Cauliflower Rice Recipe

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American



  1. Cut up the cauliflower florets into large chunks and place into a food processor with the blade attachment (this forms the cauliflower “rice”). Squeeze out excess liquid.
  2. Food process the onion and the peppers as well. Squeeze out excess liquid.
  3. Saute the onions gently in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When they’re translucent, add in the peppers (or other vegetables).
  4. In a separate pan, add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and pour in the whisked eggs. Cook on a low heat. When the eggs start to form a pancake of sorts, scramble it up a bit so that you end up with smallish pieces of egg.
  5. Add the eggs to the onions and peppers.
  6. Add the cauliflower “rice” to the onions and peppers (you might need a big saucepan for this).
  7. Cook until the cauliflower reaches the desired softness (I like mine soft, but you might want it less mushy) – add the eggs to it as well.
  8. Season with salt and pepper (and coconut aminos or tamari sauce) to taste.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
Mallory @ Total Noms - February 17

This is so innovative! Never thought to use cauliflower in place of rice before. I love fried rice and this seems like a really healthy alternative.

    Louise - February 17

    Thanks Mallory – I first heard of cauliflower rice from reading Nom Nom Paleo! It’s such a great idea!

Jenn - February 20

This recipe is fantastic! I will be using it as a staple side dish when I have my non-paleo guests for supper. So flavourful and satisfying, I love your site.

    Louise - February 20

    Thanks Jenn!

Christine - May 22

Loved this cauli-rice Louise. I made some minor alterations. I left out the soy sauce as I had none that was gluten free or paleo, but added a good squeeze of lime juice and a large handful of fresh coriander. Served it with Kelly Bejelly’s Ginger Chicken. Superb. Thanks for a great recipe to be build upon.

    Louise - May 22

    Thanks Christine!

Jud Walton - January 22

Thank you Louise, I’,m definitely going to try this. I made Cauliflower Rice to go with a chilli I made, I fried the Cauliflower Rice with onions & added smoked paprika, a dash of salt & plenty of pepper 🙂 even my non palio friends said it was tasty 🙂

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