There’s an easy way to add superfood nutrition to your meals while keeping them low in carbohydrates. Cauliflower rice is easy to make and a delicious, low-carb twist for family meals.
When made well, cauliflower rice has a pleasing texture and a mildly nutty flavor. It can substitute for classic grains, helping you lower carbs and add nutrients to your meals with ease.
I love cauliflower rice, and if you do it right, it won’t have that funky cauliflower smell. As a chef, and for my own personal keto journey, cauliflower rice is an important staple that makes me feel like I’m not missing traditional carby sides.
What Is Cauliflower Rice?
Cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower that’s cut or grated into rice-size pieces. A great addition to a low-carb lifestyle, this replacement for normal rice is growing in popularity because it’s versatile, good for you, and delicious.
How Does Cauliflower Rice Taste?
Cauliflower rice tastes very similar to traditional rice if prepared correctly. It has a slightly nutty flavor that’s light enough to let the rest of your meal shine. The fluffy texture works really well as a base, and you can add extra seasonings for a creative twist.
Health Benefits of Riced Cauliflower
This keto, low-calorie, low-carb substitute for regular rice has additional benefits.
Filled with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, it adds essential nutrients to your daily diet without high carb content. If you want to trim your waist while still eating the kinds of delicious meals you’re used to, then cauliflower rice, like broccoli seeds or stevia plant, may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The versatility of Cauliflower Rice
You can use this convenient vegetable in various dishes as a healthier alternative to rice. Use it to:
- Substitute for rice in casseroles, stir fries, sushi, or rice bowls.
- Prepare a pizza crust or make a substitute for mashed potatoes.
- Serve as a base for “rice” bowls, topped with roasted, grilled, or stir-fried meats and veggies.
Guide to Varieties of Cauliflower Rice
Did you know that there are different colors and types of cauliflower?
Each has its own unique flavor, and they can all be transformed into rice, adding a beautiful rainbow of colors to the plate.
- White cauliflower rice: Is made from “regular” white cauliflower. This type has the lightest flavor and texture.
- Green cauliflower rice: Slightly different in shape and very similar to broccoli in color, this cauliflower, also called Romanesco or broccoflower, has a taste reminiscent of broccoli, just a bit milder.
- Orange cauliflower rice: It is higher in antioxidants and vitamin A and gets its color from additional beta-carotene. Compared to white cauliflower, its taste is much milder and sweeter.
- Purple cauliflower rice: The beautiful natural purple color comes from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also present in red wine and red cabbage. Its texture is slightly firmer compared to the other varieties.
And there are many more varieties of cauliflower on the market, too, such as Alverda, Attribute Hybrid, Flame star, Graffiti, Early White Hybrid, and Fioretto cauliflower, to name a few. As mentioned, each can be transformed into rice using my super quick, one-second guide.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice Without a Food Processor?
There’s a simple trick you can use to make cauliflower rice in seconds. If you’ve ever tried making cauliflower using a food processor, cheese grater, box grater, or a knife, what I am about to tell you is going to blow your mind.
Using my simple trick, you can transform any cauliflower into rice within seconds.
Let us begin:
- Fully clean and cut the head of the cauliflower into small florets.
- Take your blender and fill half of it with cauliflower florets.
- Fill the whole container with water and close the lid.
- Switch your blender on and watch what is happening. You are transforming all the cauliflower florets into the proportionate size of rice-like grains in no time.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer to get rid of all the water.
Ta da! Now you have cauliflower rice! Transfer it to a glass container and store.
If you want more details and a visual video of step-by-step instructions, learn how to make crucifer rice here.
Tips To Turn Cauliflower Into Rice in Seconds
- Use fresh cauliflower: The fresher your cauliflower is, the better the texture of your rice will be.
- Stick to organic: The better the quality of your cauliflower, the more nutrients and minerals your rice will have.
- Avoid overcooking: You do not need to cook cauliflower rice for long. If you’re adding it to a recipe, add it at the end of the cooking process to retain its tenderness.
- Seasonings: Seasoning your rice and adding various flavors helps create the exact white rice taste you have been looking for.
Storing Your Cauliflower Rice
Storing your cauliflower rice is super simple. If you buy pre-made cauliflower rice, keep that in the fridge until you are ready to use it, or up to about four days.
In case you have made your own, place the cauliflower rice in a resealable plastic or closed glass container and store it for up to four days.
If you wish to store cauliflower rice longer than four days, store it in the freezer. Frozen cauliflower rice is easy to use. Simply take it out of the freezer about an hour before use and let it thaw.
How To Use Cauliflower Rice?
Cauliflower rice makes a great base or side dish. In general, you can use cauliflower rice anywhere you’d use regular rice. Here are some ideas:
- Sushi: Transform your regular sushi into low-carb sushi simply by replacing the traditional rice.
- Salads: Add cauliflower rice into salads for that extra crunch.
- Stuffings: Use cauli rice together with ground beef for any stuffing, such as stuffed peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, or zucchini.
- Stir fry: Combine roasted cauliflower with your favorite vegetables and choice of protein, and season as desired for that perfect stir fry with reduced carbohydrates.
- Tabbouleh: Replace bulgur with cauliflower grains to get a crispy, refreshing salad on the table.
- Fried rice: Use cauliflower the same way you would make fried rice — you don’t even need to cook the cauliflower rice beforehand.
- Rice bowls: Cauliflower rice is a delicious base filling with additional vegetables and meat. Instead of cooked rice, warm it over medium heat, and add salt and pepper before serving your bowls.
- Casseroles: Layering this vegetable rice with broccoli, mushrooms, and creamy, cheesy sauce makes a great casserole for the whole family.
As you see there are endless possibilities for using cauliflower rice. Step into the kitchen and start experimenting. Please let us know what you came up with and ask any questions in case you need clarification.