Cauliflower fried rice is so rich and flavorful, so tasty, that it's difficult to believe it's not made with the real thing!
I love eating this tasty dish with no guilt whatsoever. You see, fried rice used to be one of my guilty pleasures, back in my high-carb days. Even then, I knew that it wasn't the best choice.
This delicious recipe changed everything. My family and I can now enjoy the incredible flavors and textures of the traditional dish, while basically eating a plate of vegetables! How cool is that.
The ingredients needed for this recipe
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make cauliflower fried rice. This is an overview - the exact measurements are included in the recipe card below:
Vegetables: You will need cauliflower, onion, and bell pepper. Any color of bell pepper will do, but I particularly like using red peppers for a splash of color.
Aromatics: Minced garlic and ginger. You can mince them yourself or use the stuff that comes in a jar. Both work equally well.
Avocado oil: A neutral-tasting oil with a high smoke point, very appropriate for cooking.
Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes, this one included.
Soy sauce: I use reduced-sodium soy sauce in most of my recipes. I find that traditional soy sauce is too salty. Obviously, you can use a gluten-free alternative.
Finishing touches: Black pepper, green onions, and sesame oil.
How to make cauliflower fried rice
It's so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
Process the cauliflower in your food processor into the texture of rice. These days you can buy it pre-riced, which is so convenient.
Cook the onions, bell peppers, garlic and ginger in avocado oil.
Add the riced cauliflower and cook it for a few minutes, stirring.
Make a hole in the center of the veggies. Pour the eggs and one tablespoon of the soy sauce into the hole and scramble them into the hot cauliflower, stirring constantly, until cooked
Mix in the remaining soy sauce and the black pepper. Off heat, add the sesame oil and scallions.
Does it taste like the real thing?
Not exactly, but it's surprisingly close. Even basic cauliflower rice is quite similar to white rice, especially when made with cheese and garlic. But it's not the same.
However, this dish is truly so close to the real thing, so flavorful and satisfying. The first time I made it I was quite surprised at how good it was. I have since made it countless times, since it's often requested by my lovely family.
What to serve with cauliflower fried rice?
Any Asian-style main course goes well with this side dish. I often serve it with these Asian meatballs.
What about leftovers?
You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently in the microwave, on 50% power.
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Cauliflower Fried Rice
- 1 medium head cauliflower (1.25 lb. after trimming)
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, divided (or use a gluten-free alternative and add salt as needed)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Wash and trim the cauliflower. Cut into large florets. Process in batches in your food processor into the texture of rice.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook 2 more minutes. Add the garlic and the ginger and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
- Add the riced cauliflower. Cook, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes, until cauliflower is starting to soften.
- Make a hole in the center of the veggies. Pour the eggs and one tablespoon of the soy sauce into the hole and scramble them into the hot cauliflower, stirring constantly, until cooked, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the remaining soy sauce and the black pepper. Cook 1 more minute. Turn the heat off and stir in the sesame oil. Sprinkle with the green onions. Serve the cauliflower fried rice immediately.