Cauliflower Rice (Easy Recipes)

Cauliflower is the flower of veggies, or perhaps it can be called a healthier rice (it’s made of a vegetable after all 😉 ). Compared to boiling rice, which takes around 20 minutes, making cauliflower rice actually takes less time. I usually don’t eat much rice, unless it’s jasmine or basmati rice, so cauliflower rice seems like a nice variation. By the way, this recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients are few. You just need a cauliflower. A good food processor is also useful but not essential.


So, how do you make this? Let’s start, shall we?

What Do You Need?

  • One large head cauliflower rice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Seasoning as desired (soy sauce, or salt and pepper, curry, etc)

How Do You Make It?

  • First wash the cauliflower
  • Remove all greens and dry cauliflower
  • For this step you can use either a box grater or a food processor. If you use a box grater, then cut the cauliflower into large chunks and start grating. This may get a little messy, but it works well. If you prefer a food processor, chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces and grind them in the food processor. Both methods will yield tiny rice pieces.
It looks a little bit like grated cheese, don’t you think? 😉
  • Transfer the small rice chunks to a paper towel to drain any excess moisture.
  • Now, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet and sauté the cauliflower rice. Season al gusto. I like to use soy sauce for that, but it can be anything you prefer; salt and pepper, curry, tamarind sauce, etc.
  • Cover with a lid to make the rice steam more, and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator for later on 😉

I made three variations, as you can see in the below picture.


On the left: cauliflower rice cooked with garlic and onion powder / Middle bowl: with curry and black pepper (black pepper enhances curcuma, a healthy ingredient of curry) / Right bowl: with soy sauce (I love rice and soy sauce!)

This is a nice side dish or it can also be used for a full meal as part of a curry or stir fry. I hope you like this recipe. There are many things you can do with cauliflower, and I will be happy to share more cauliflower recipes in upcoming posts. If you’d like to try this cauliflower rice, please let me know in the comments how it goes. 🙂

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37 thoughts on “Cauliflower Rice (Easy Recipes)”

  1. Cauliflower rice is an excellent alternative to rice if you’re following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. It can be used to replace rice in a lot of dishes. There are also recipes for replacing potatoes with cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes. It’s a good way to get more green vegetables, even if you’re not following any kind of a special diet. 

    • Exactly, it’s an excellent alternative. Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes sounds great and is probably delicious too 🙂 

  2. Thanks for this amazing recipe, I always love reading through your article, it has sharpened my culinary skills. Cauliflower Rice is really nice and i like the fact that it’s gluten free, very easy to make and it’s ingredients are very accessible with ease. It very thoughtful of you to share the steps for making, it’ll definitely serve as guide for me whenever I want to make mine. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

  3. WOW, great recipe,

    I eat cauliflower salad. but I never eat cauliflower rice…definitely I’m going to try this out. it really easy to mead at home within a few minutes also it’s vegan.

    I like to try cauliflower rice cooked with garlic and onion powder.

    Christine, I have a small question how many Cauliflowers need to make 4 full plates of rice?

    Thanks for sharing valuable content. I will let you know after I try this cauliflower rice recipe. I love to read recipes on your website keep it up..

    • Hi Gihan,

      With one cauliflower you make a big plate of rice, so I would say that you will need 4 cauliflowers for 4 plates of rice. It tastes really good with onion and garlic powder. Thank you for your visit! I’m happy you’re enjoying my website 🙂 

  4. I love your cauliflower rice recipe not just because it’s vegan and gluten-free but it also takes very little time to prepare this meal. I am elated that it takes less than 20 minutes that I normally need to boil my rice. The list of ingredients appears to be short also: cauliflower, olive oil and seasoning. 

    I will definitely try it out as a side dish and update you here shortly. Thanks.

    • Hi Chris,

      Yes, I also love that it takes less time than boiling real rice. And it tastes great! I loved it with soy sauce, but the other seasonings I added were also really good 🙂 

  5. Recently, I made up my mind that I’ll always try new food and it’s of no doubt that you’ve been helping since. This is the first time I’m hearing about Cauliflower rice and it’s really nice to learn about something new. I like the easy way of making it and also to at it doesn’t require a lot of time, thank you for also adding the ingredients needed for this recipe. As soon as I’m able to get the ingredients, I’ll ask my wife to join me so we’ll make it together. Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Hello there, and thank you for visiting my page again! I’m so happy to hear that I’ve been helping you try new food 🙂 That’s wonderful! 

      Enjoy the cauliflower rice!

  6. Wow, that’s fascinating, didn’t know you could even make cauliflower to look like rice – looks really appetizing. Wished my mum was still around, she’d have loved this – she had a thing for trying out new recipes, moreso if it involves fresh and natural ingredients.

    In this day and age of dietary enlightenment everyone needs a dose of healthy living, thumbs up and keep them coming Christine.

  7. Great recipe! I must say I never heard of this idea before ( making rice out of cauliflower) I am really interested in preparing healthier dishes and I always look for lighter options to make, I think this recipe is great to cut down calories and carbs, and I would definitely give it a try. 

  8. Hello Christine,
    My mouth is watering. I have eaten cauliflower rarely. Its high price is limiting but how many properties it contains.

    Contiene minerales como el potasio, calcio y en menor proporción el magnesio. Fibras, vitamina C y acido fólico.

    The recipe shown is very simple, I will write it down in a notebook. Tomorrow I will get to work I will prepare it with soy sauce. 

    Thank you!

  9. Christine, I love checking out your recipes. This one I am going to try very soon. I have been wanting to try cauliflower rice, I had no idea it was so quick and simple. I love and use rice often so I am hoping this can be an alternative. We will see how it compares. If nothing else, I know it will be a delicious new side dish on my menus. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Cauliflower rice is my favourite rice right now since I changed to the keto diet. The way you have shown to make it is quite different from the way I make mine though. I will be very much happy to try the recipe that you have shared here for mine. I am very sure I will enjoy making it. Thank you for sharing

  11. Hello Christine,

         I have to say riced cauliflower is amazing!

    I’m on a low-carb diet and two of the things that’s hard to do without are potatoes and rice.  Riced cauliflower can really come to the rescue here.

    With a little help, riced cauliflower can be just like rice in texture and, well, the flavoring with rice is pretty-much all about what you add to it, right?  The same can be said for mashed potatoes.  Riced cauliflower, with a little butter, cream, and garlic, can make an excellent mashed potatoes substitute.

    I can tell you that buying the pre-packaged flavored stuff is absolutely terrible.  At least, that’s been my experience.  I tried to cut corners and paid for it.  I actually had to throw it out.

    Thanks again for sharing this.  I hope others give it a try and find that they can eat quite a bit healthier without losing texture and flavor.


    • Hi Scott,

      I also don’t like the pre-packaged flavored stuff much either. I hadn’t even thought of it, but riced cauliflower with the right additions can indeed turn into a tasty mashed potato substitute. I should try that out 🙂 

  12. Very thoughtful of you to share this knowledge with us all. Since I have started to follow your website, you have sharpened my curlinsry skills immensely and I can only be thankful to you for sharing all these Herr. Thumbs up to you for sharing and I must say that I fancy this a lot. Thank you and God bless you. This cauliflower rice seems very great especially because it is gluten free.

  13. Hello Christine, I am always glad to learn a new meal from sites an this happens  to be a really nice meal I can make easily on my own.  I feel I can do it better if there is a video to help me out with it as well. With regards the rice given here,  I don’t think I have come across it before,  can I make use of other rice?

    • Hi Benson,

      I hope to be able to start making videos soon 🙂 For this rice I used cauliflower, there may be other ways to do it, I will try them out and let you know 🙂

  14. Reading more about you on your page it’s nice to see how you save the animals and change your lifestyle for the better. My opinion about this topic is everyone has to eat to survive and some may want to be vegan and vegetarians but simply cannot afford it and its not easy. This website is great to learn recipes from as looking more into your website it’s not just about the salad, there are more and more recipes for vegan and vegetarians every day and your website helps more than people just looking for recipes and tips, its saves the animals! Good for you! 

    • Hi Trevor,

      Vegan or vegetarian diets are not really that expensive, this is a common misconception, I explain this in one of my previous posts, if you’d like to have a look 🙂 . The recipe I shared here is super cheap 😉 You just need a cauliflower. There are so many delicious recipes and prep time and ingredients are simple and not expensive. 

      Thanks for checking out my website, I hope you’ll try out some recipes 😉 

  15. Caulirice flower sounds really good to me right now.  like the fact that I can easily actually get to use the rice in different ways. I see that this rice is more or less like a vegetable rather than the normal full of carbs rice that we usually take. I like your recipes and even though I am not so much of a cook, I will like to give it a try. Thanks!

  16. Firstly, so thoughtful of you to share this knowledge out to people. I love cauliflower ad though I have tasted it before and seen it being cooked once, it did not follow this recipes style and this looks more cool than what I have seen before. it truly seems like it might be possible to try out by myself with the help of the recipes placed here. This is a good one.

    • Hi Shelley,

      I love that cauliflower can be used in different ways. There are more delicious recipes for cauliflower, I will share them soon 🙂 

  17. Being a keto dieter, this piece of information is really immense and all i can say is this is good. Though i have eaten cauliflower rice before but it was cooked in another variation entirely different from how you just shared here. This seems more easier and better listed out to follow when cooking. thanks

  18. All I would say is that i do not see myself opting out of your website anytime soon because anytime I am here, you always share some very important and helpful tips that have helped me in immense ways to sharpen my skills when it comes to cooking. This cauliflower rice seems rather great and delicious coupled with the fact that it is gluten free. I am a vegan and this would be good to try.

    • Hi Bella,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! I’m happy my website is helpful to you 🙂 This caulilflower rice is so easy to make and I loved it with soy sauce.


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