This fried cauliflower rice is a great healthy vegetable side dish. Quick to make and loaded with flavor, it's a low carb, gluten-free twist on the classic!
This Cauliflower Fried Rice is a great low carb veggie loaded side that comes together quickly and easily. Dairy-free and easily made gluten-free, this makes for a great vegetable side for lots of your favorite Asian recipes.
What ingredients do you need for fried rice
- Cauliflower: Cauliflower rice is a great low carb alternative and it’s so tasty! Loaded with vitamins and minerals, it’s a great healthy swap. You can make your own cauliflower rice or buy rice cauliflower.
- Sesame oil: Sesame oil adds a great nutty flavor to the dish. If you don’t have it, you can use olive oil or grapeseed oil.
- Vegetables: Onion, peas, carrots just like in regular fried rice recipes which is the base mix of veggies. But feel free to add other vegetables.
- Egg: This adds great flavor, texture and protein to the dish.
- Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder.
- Soy sauce: Use tamari to make this dish gluten-free
How do you make fried rice with cauliflower
- Heat the sesame oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Cook the onions, carrots and peas until they soften slightly.
- Move the vegetables to one side of the wok and pour the whisked eggs on the other half of the wok. You could alternatively cook the eggs separately, but this is easier.
- Scramble the eggs until they are set, then combine them with the vegetables.
- Add the riced cauliflower on top of the vegetables.
- Add the soy sauce on top along with black pepper.
- Continue to cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is lightly browned and softens.
Tips for making low carb fried rice
- Use pre-riced cauliflower. Cauliflower rice has become so popular recently that many stores sell cauliflower rice prepackaged and ready to use in recipes. You can find them in the produce isle or in the freezer isle with the other vegetables.
- Follow my guidelines for how to quickly and easily cut cauliflower. If you are making your own cauliflower rice, be sure to check out this post for the step-by-step tutorial.
- Use high heat when you add the cauliflower: This will help to brown the rice and vegetables well. You want to avoid the steaming the vegetables and having them stick together, but instead fry them.
- Add in cooked protein to the rice to turn it into a full meal. Rotisserie chicken or cooked shrimp stirred into the dish at the end of cooking work really well.
Frequently asked questions
This side dish is great for make ahead meals. Once it has cooled, place it in an airtight container and it will keep well for up to 3 to 5 days. It also freezes really well. Thaw it in the fridge overnight and gently reheat in the stovetop.
Because of the seasonings in this dish, this rice works best with Asian dishes like beef and broccoli stir fry or chicken vegetable lo mein. This is also great to add into salad bowls and lunchboxes as it’s just as tasty cold.
Cauliflower has a mild and nutty flavor. The best thing about adding it to dishes like this is that it soaks up all of those flavors. In fact, I find it way more flavorful than white rice.
For a lower carb fried rice option, this cauliflower version sure doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on much. It’s a fun way to eat more vegetables, fill your body with more fiber and cut down on some carbs from time to time.
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Cauliflower Fried Rice
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 small onion diced
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup chopped carrots
- 2 eggs whisked
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari sauce
- Sliced scallions for servings
- Remove the cauliflower core and then cut into florets. Place half the cauliflower in a food processor, and pulse until the cauliflower is small and resembles couscous. Repeat for the other half being careful not to over-process so it doesn’t turn mushy.
- Heat the sesame oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Place the onions, carrots and peas in the work and cook until they soften, about 5 minutes.
- Move the vegetables to one side of the wok and pour the whisked eggs on the other half of the wok. Scramble the eggs until they are set, then combine them with the vegetables.
- Add the riced cauliflower on top of the vegetables, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and soy sauce and continue to cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is lightly browned and softens, about 5 more minutes.
- Sprinkle with fresh sliced scallions and serve.