How to Cook Cauliflower Rice

Have you been wanting to get in on the cauliflower rice party but weren’t sure where to start? Get the basics for how to cook cauliflower rice, plus some amazing recipes to help you on your veggie journey.

Whether you’re trying to avoid rice because of the potential arsenic contamination or are just trying to sneak some extra vegetable servings into your day, cauliflower rice is a delicious way to make it happen. You cancook cauliflower rice from scratch, and you can oftenfind riced cauliflower in the produce or freezer section of your grocery store.

How to Cook Cauliflower Rice

How toRice Cauliflower

If you don’t want to pay a premium for pre-riced cauliflower, you can easily make your own. Plus, awhole head of cauliflower will keep longer in the fridge than a bag of cauliflower rice.

In this video, you can see how to make your own cauliflower rice with a food processor. The video includes tips on how to store your cauliflower rice properly, too!

If you don’t have a food processor, don’t worry! You can still get in on the cauliflower rice action. Just use a box cheese grater,like the one pictured above. The largest holes are the ones that will give you that good, rice-like consistency.

Don’t have a cheese grater, either? No problem. A good ol’ knife will do the trick. You’re basically mincing your cauliflower into smaller-than-a-pea-sized pieces. It can be a bit time-consuming, but it works.

How to Make Basic Cauliflower Rice

Once you’re done ricing your cauliflower, you have a few options for how to prepare it. You can serve itraw, but I find that cooking cauliflower rice mellows the flavor a bit, giving it a more rice-like taste and mouthfeel.

KD Angle-Traegner shared this basic recipe for cauliflower rice, and it’s as tasty as it is fool-proof. Check out her Care2 postfor more creative uses for cauliflower, too!

Cauliflower Rice

Like rice, cauliflower rice is the perfect vehicle for herbs and spices and can be used in replace of the rice grain in almost any dish. It’s also a great way to sneak more servings of vegetables into your diet. Making cauliflower rice couldn’t be easier either, all you need is a box grater and a skillet.

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  • 1 large or medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash and cut cauliflower into large sections.
  2. Using a box grater, grate cauliflower into rice-size pieces using the medium-size holes.
  3. Place grated cauliflower onto a clean, dry towel or paper towel and press to remove excess liquid. This will prevent your rice from being too soggy.
  4. Add rice to a pre-heated skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Sauté for approximately 5 minutes or until tender. Add seasonings as desired.

You can use cauliflower rice basically anywhere you’d use regular white or brown rice.It’s greatas a base for asushi bowl, stuffed into a burrito or sauted withveggies, fried rice-style. The only place I’d say cauliflower ricedoesn’t work well is in sushi, since sushi relies on rice’s stickiness to bind the roll together.

Cauliflower Rice Recipes

Got your riced cauliflower ready to go? Try one of these deliciously vegan cauliflower rice recipes.Not all of these recipe call for sauting the rice, so make sure you read the recipe before you start your prep work!

How to Cook Cauliflower Rice

1. Air Fried Cauliflower Rice

You can make fried cauliflower rice on the stovetop just like you’d make any fried rice, but you can also make this dish in your air fryer! It’s super easy, andmy recipe walks you through how to make this easy cauliflower fried rice with whatever veggies and plant-based proteins you want.

2. Cauliflower Mushroom Walnut Taco Meat

Cauliflower rice can add a meaty texture to plant-based ground “beef”. This recipe pairs it up with hearty walnut and earthy mushroomsfora flavorful,toothsome taco filling.

3.Sweet Potato And Cauliflower Rice Coconut Curry

Roasted cauliflower rice adds texture and sneaky veggies to this deeply-seasoned coconut curry. Serve with even more cauliflower rice on the side, if you want to really up the veggie ante.

4. Shiitake Cauliflower Risotto Stacks

Who knew that you could use cauliflower rice to make a creamy risotto? Kristina at Spabettie, that’s who! Shepiles the cauliflower risotto ontosautd polenta rounds and tops them off with crispy shiitake mushrooms for a perfect special-occasion meal.

5.Barley Bean Salad with Cauliflower Rice

Barley, beans, and cauliflower ricecome together in a filling grain salad thatcould easily be a meal all on its own. Tossed with a simple vinaigrette, this is a great make-ahead meal for picnics or packed lunches.

6.Chickpea Cauliflower Rice Biryani

Biryani is a seasoned Indian rice dish, and cauliflower rice steals the show in this recipe. Serve it up with a dollop of dairy free tomato raita, and supper is SERVED!

Cauliflower rice photos via Getty Images. All recipe images via recipe authors, used with permission.


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