This light and fluffy Cauliflower Fried Rice offers a unique twist on traditional Chinese fried rice. It’s known for its distinctive flavor and delightful taste and I think you’ll really like it.
But… is cauliflower rice really good?
This is a common question for those who haven’t yet tried cauliflower fried rice, and it’s completely understandable. Many people wonder if cauliflower fried rice lives up to the hype.
Let me address your concerns. What makes cauliflower fried rice appealing is its similar consistency to traditional rice. Once grated into rice-like bits, it readily absorbs flavors and seasonings, much like traditional fried rice.
Additionally, it requires only a few simple ingredients. In this quick recipe, I sautéed cauliflower along with onions, carrots, peas, and other flavorful additions.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Cauliflower Rice
- Green Onions
- Frozen Green Peas
- Yellow Onion
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Soy Sauce
Alternatives to Food Processor:
No food processor? No problem! You have three other options to make cauliflower rice:
- Blender: If using a blender, cut the florets into smaller 1-2 inch pieces. Blend at the highest speed, and you’ll achieve a rice-like texture within 15 to 60 seconds.
- Box Grater: If you have a box grater with medium-sized holes, it’s another great option. Push the cauliflower florets against the grater to obtain rice-shaped pieces.
- Chopping Method: The chopping method works too. Use a large chef’s knife to finely mince the florets into small rice-like pieces. It takes a bit longer but gets the job done effectively.
These alternatives ensure you can still enjoy cauliflower rice even without a food processor.
How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Preparation: Start with proper food prep. Begin by cutting the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces and set it aside in a small bowl. Next, dice the onion, carrot, and the white part of the green onion.
- Sautéing: Heat a pan over medium to medium-high heat, and add a mix of oils. Sauté the diced onion, carrot, and white part of the green onion until they become soft and fragrant.
- Golden Cauliflower: Now, add the prepared cauliflower to the pan. Continue cooking until it turns a beautiful golden color.
- Add Peas: Introduce the frozen peas and stir until they are fully thawed. If your peas are not frozen, this step will be quicker.
- Egg Addition: The final touch is to add the beaten eggs to the mixture. Stir continuously until the eggs are fully cooked and evenly distributed.
- Season and Garnish: Finish off by seasoning the dish with soy sauce for added flavor. Garnish your cauliflower fried rice with green onion for a delightful finishing touch.
Helpful Cooking Tips:
- For quicker preparation, consider using store-bought cauliflower rice.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan while sautéing; this ensures the ingredients cook evenly.
- You can customize your fried rice with additional vegetables or protein sources like tofu or chicken.
- Adjust the soy sauce quantity to your preferred level of saltiness.
- Keep stirring while adding the beaten eggs to create a uniform, tasty texture.
Delicious Pairings for Cauliflower rice:
While this recipe stands well on its own as a satisfying main dish, if you’re considering pairing it with other dishes, here are some suggestions:
- Grilled Chicken – A simple yet flavorful option for those craving a classic, healthy protein source.
- Easy Grilled Shrimp – A quick and delectable choice, perfect for seafood lovers looking for a hassle-free meal.
- Sesame Chicken – A delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors, making it a favorite in my house.
- Mongolian Beef and Broccoli – Combines tender beef strips and crisp broccoli florets in a savory sauce, creating a hearty and satisfying dish.
How to Store Cauliflower Rice
- If you happen to have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.
- If you prefer to freeze them, they can be kept for up to two months. Remember to defrost the rice at room temperature before reheating.
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A delicious and easy twist on classic fried rice. Enjoy homemade Asian flavors today right at home.
- 1 Large Cauliflower head (4 cups cauliflower rice)
- 1 Large Carrot
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 2 Green onions
- 1 Cup Green peas, frozen
- 1 Yellow onion
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
- 2 Large Eggs, beaten
- Make the cauliflower rice by removing the cauliflower’s stalk and leaves and chopping it into florets. Place the florets in a food processor and pulse a few times until rice consistency. Measure out approximately 4 cups and set aside.
- Chop the onion, carrot and white part of green onions into small pieces
- Add the olive oil and sesame oil to a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Sauté the chopped veggies until soft.
- Add the cauliflower rice and stir over the stovetop until golden and tender.
- Add frozen peas, and stir to thaw.
- Finally, add the beaten eggs and stir until well combined. Sauté stirring constantly for two minutes.
- Season with soy sauce and fresh green onions.
Nutritional Disclaimer: The provided nutritional information is an estimate and can vary based on ingredient brands and quantities. For precise details, consult a registered dietitian or use a nutrition calculator.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: side dish
- Cuisine: Asian
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 190
- Sugar: 6 gr
- Sodium: 525 mg
- Fat: 10 gr
- Saturated Fat: 2 gr
- Carbohydrates: 18 gr
- Fiber: 5 gr
- Protein: 10 gr
- Cholesterol: 94 mg