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How To Make Cauliflower Rice

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Learn how to make cauliflower rice with this very easy method. Cauliflower rice is a perfect substitute for regular white or brown rice. It can be used in stir frys, burritos, cauliflower crust pizza and more.

how to make riced cauliflower in a blue bowl with spatula and kitchen towel beside it

What Is Cauliflower Rice?

Cauliflower rice is an easy kitchen hack to have in your back pocket. It can be used for a variety of recipes. It’s inexpensive to make (cauliflower is usually pretty cheap). And it’s low carb so if you’re looking to limit whole grains in some recipes, then cauliflower rice is a great option.

Cauliflower rice is basically rice that’s chopped into small pieces in a food processor. Technically you can also use a cheese grater, but it takes more time and arm muscle. The food processor can create your riced cauliflower in 30 seconds!

Grocery stores usually do sell riced cauliflower in bags. But you never really know how fresh those are, plus they always mark up the price. It’s so easy to make your own, you can freeze the extra too, so there’s a lot of benefits to trying this method.

riced cauliflower in a food processor before it has blended and after when it turns into rice

Cauliflower Rice In A Food Processor

There are two main ways you can create homemade riced cauliflower. The first is by using a cheese grater and doing it by hand. This method works well if you don’t have a food processor. But if you do have one, then it will save you a lot of time and create smaller pieces.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice

  1. Cut the cauliflower into chunks and remove the stem. Break into smaller pieces with your hands. Discard the leaves.
  2. Add half of the cauliflower to the food processor. Turn to the low setting and blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Once it looks like rice stop there, otherwise it will get mushy. Repeat with the other half of the cauliflower.
chopped cauliflower on a cutting board with a knife

What Can You Use Cauliflower Rice For?

Once you make cauliflower rice you can use it for any recipe that calls for riced cauliflower. Some common ways to use it are in:

  • Homemade cauliflower pizza crust
  • Stir frys
  • Wraps and burritos
  • As a substitute in rice bowls
  • As a substitute for fried rice

If you would like to eat the cauliflower rice on its own, add it to a frying pan with a bit of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent any burning. Drizzle olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon on just before serving. Season with more salt and pepper.

chopped cauliflower in a blue bowl with a striped kitchen towel beside it

How Long Does Cauliflower Rice Last?

I recommend using the cauliflower rice right away, then freezing the rest. If you leave the cauliflower rice in the fridge for longer than 2 days it can start to create sulphur smell. Freezing it will eliminate the smell and preserve it for longer.

Can You Freeze Riced Cauliflower?

Yes. Add the riced cauliflower to a ziploc freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. Lay it flat in the freezer to help save space.

riced cauliflower in a freezer bag laying flat on a cutting board with name and date written on the front

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is a perfect substitute for regular white or brown rice. It can be used in stir frys, burritos, cauliflower crust pizza and more.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 18kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower

Instructions

  • Cut the cauliflower into chunks and remove the stem. Break into smaller pieces with your hands. Discard the leaves.
  • Add half of the cauliflower to the food processor.
  • Turn to the low setting and blend for 30 seconds. Once it looks like rice stop there, otherwise it will get mushy.
  • Repeat the steps with the other half of the cauliflower.
  • Use immediately in a recipe or store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days or the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

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Nutrition
Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 1g | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 16mg

Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.

If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.

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