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Tasty Cauliflower Fried Rice (low carb)

This easy 15 minute, tasty cauliflower fried rice recipe is the perfect low carb side dish for any Asian dinner. This easy recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables and seasoned with tasty aromatics like fresh garlic, ginger and onions.

You won’t even know you’re missing the ‘rice’. Save this recipe for an easy weeknight dinner idea. 
A yellow skillet filled with cooked cauliflower fried rice.

Cauliflower fried rice has taken our generation by storm. There isn’t too much you can’t make with cauliflower these days. Pizza, soup, rice, you name it! 

The first time I ever tried cauliflower fried rice was the bagged version at TJ’s and I was hooked. That is until I realized how easy and customizable it was to make on my own!

I think now more than ever we love a good low carb / healthy recipe swap for our favorite dishes.

This tasty cauliflower fried rice recipe may be low carb and healthy but it doesn’t lack in flavor!

It’s punched up with fresh garlic, ginger, and soy sauce and sriracha for that Asian umami flavor that we know and love. 

Save this recipe for your next Asian themed weeknight dinner!

What ingredients are in cauliflower fried rice?

  • cauliflower ‘rice’
  • olive oil
  • yellow onion
  • carrots
  • frozen peas 
  • garlic 
  • ginger
  • sriracha or sambal oelek
  • soy sauce 
  • greens (like kale or spinach) optional 
  • green onions
  • sesame seeds

Ingredients in different sized bowls for cauliflower fried rice.

How do you cook cauliflower fried rice?

  1. Prep your cauliflower ‘rice’ (see below!)
  2. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat and add in yellow onion, carrots and peas
  3. Add in cauliflower rice, garlic, and ginger and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Create a well in the center of the rice and add in two eggs. Slightly scramble them in the center of the pan. Toss together the rice with the eggs and add in sriracha and soy sauce.
  5. Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Step by step process how to make cauliflower fried rice.

How do you make cauliflower ‘rice’?

Cauliflower ‘rice’ is made easiest in a food processor.

Roughly chop your cauliflower into large chunks and pulse in a food processor until ‘rice’ pearls form. Be careful not to overcrowd your food processor and to work in batches.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop your cauliflower until it is similar in texture, this is just a bit time consuming but possible! 

Pro Tip! I like to grab a head or two when it’s on sale, and make pearls to freeze when I need them.

There are also plenty of pre-made cauliflower pear options (TJ’s has a good one!) and I’ll pick up a bag when I’m short on time. 

What does cauliflower fried rice taste like?

Tasty AF! Cauliflower fried rice tastes very flavorful and delicious, I promise.

The ‘cauliflower’ flavor is masked by the additions of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha.

The taste is a bit softer than normal rice, but not mushy by any means. This is truly a low carb dish that makes lots of appearances at our house because you feel like you’re getting the real deal. 

Is cauliflower fried rice good for you?

Yes! Cauliflower fried rice is good for you!

It’s nutrient-dense, packed with vegetables and naturally low carb. I love adding cashew chicken or a piece of salmon to the side dish to make it a complete meal. 
A pink bowl filled with cauliflower fried rice, topped with sriracha and served with chop sticks. Is cauliflower fried rice low carb?

Totally! Cauliflower fried rice is pretty naturally low carb. You’re swapping out regular rice (which has 45 carbs per cup) for cauliflower rice which has just 5 carbs per cup!
Cauliflower fried rice in a yellow skillet with a wooden spoon scooping a serving out.

Can you freeze cauliflower fried rice?

Yes you can freeze cauliflower fried rice, but I recommend freezing it in its ‘raw state’ before it’s been cooked or else it can be a little mushy. In a freezer-safe container add cauliflower rice, onion, carrots, peas, ginger and garlic in a batch.

Remove from the freezer and cook for 4-5 minutes and then continue with steps 4 (where you add the eggs) and onward in the recipe. 

What recipes go well with cauliflower fried rice?

If you make this tasty cauliflower fried rice recipe be sure to tag me on Pinterest and Instagram! I seriously love seeing what you guys are making and sharing your creations with the College Housewife community!

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A yellow skillet filled with cauliflower fried rice.

Tasty Cauliflower Fried Rice

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

This easy 15 minute, tasty cauliflower fried recipe is the perfect low carb side dish for any Asian dinner.

This easy recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables and seasoned with tasty aromatics like fresh garlic, ginger and onions.


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Ingredients

12 oz bag frozen cauliflower or ½ head fresh cauliflower, riced

3 tbsp olive oil

½ yellow onion, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 cup frozen peas

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

2 eggs

2 tsp sriracha or sambal oelek

2 tbsp soy sauce

12 cups greens (like kale or spinach), optional

To Top:

Green Onions

Sesame Seeds


Instructions

  1. To make cauliflower ‘rice’ (if using fresh cauliflower) cut into large chunks and blend in a food processor on low until ‘rice’ shape forms. Alternatively, you can chop the cauliflower until fine. 
  2. In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add in yellow onion, carrots and peas. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add in cauliflower rice, garlic, and ginger and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Create a well in the center of the rice and add in two eggs. Slightly scramble them in the center of the pan. Toss together the rice with the eggs and add in sriracha and soy sauce.
  5. For extra nutrition (totally optional!) I like to add 1-2 cups of fresh greens like spinach or kale at the end. Toss them together for 1-2 minutes or until wilted.
  6. Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

For a vegan version: You can sub out the eggs all together from the recipe for a vegan version. 

For Extra Protein: For extra protein you can add in some diced chicken or shrimp before starting the recipe and cook through. Add the chicken or shrimp back in after the recipe is complete. 

For a gluten free version: Replace the soy sauce for tamari. 

Keywords: low carb, side dish, cauliflower

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