Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

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Cauliflower fried rice is a low carb alternative to one of the best Chinese style dishes around. Follow these steps and I promise I can fool the most sensitive taste buds because it taste so much like the original. A one pan dish that’s great for a low carb dinner or side dish!

Cauliflower Fried Rice
In this recipe I am going to break down how to make the best cauliflower fried rice recipe and it’s so simple. Not to mention, I will help you make alternatives so that your fried rice turns out like the one you see in the photos. Below, check out my other Chinese inspired dishes!

How Do You Make Cauliflower Rice Not Soggy

This is a major issue when dealing with a water based vegetable. Most bloggers miss this crucial step and it’s fine because we all have to learn such as I did. Draining is key! In this recipe and anytime you make fresh or frozen cauliflower. When preparing you either cook or stem it and you press the life out of it squeezing out all that excess moisture. This is where you add back in the flavor with butter and seasonings.

Is Cauliflower Rice Keto

Yes, it is!. In fact, this is our version of rice. There will be subs to making this recipe fully keto friendly but the rice is there to stay. With the cooking method and flavorings this is the best way to introduce the rice because the flavor is diminished and you will barley notice you’re eating cauliflower minus the texture difference.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice

The instructions are for this recipe but can be used for any cauliflower recipe you choose to make.

From frozen, steam in microwave or on stove top. There will be a ton of water left over. What you will need to do if steaming in bag is remove from microwave. Next, cut the top off or for a woman with small hands a nice slit. Note, make sure the rice and bag have cooled down.

Making a circle with your pointer and thumb squeeze the bad to prevent rice from falling out. Turn upside down and press with all your strength allowing all that excess water to drain through the small hole.

From fresh, slice up the cauliflower head while raw and place in a food processor. Allow it to rotate until the “rice” is left. Now, in the step you will either steam, boil or sauté the rice on the stove to soften it up. Once it is completely soft remove it and place in a strainer. Next, press it will all your strength and mash all of that excess water out of there. In both methods the rice should be in a ball or mashed together in some state where you have to break it back apart.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

How To Make A Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

To start, follow steps about in order to have cauliflower ready to go. It doesn’t matter if you fresh or frozen peas and carrots. But, in this recipe I always use frozen.

Now, with the green onions, onions and minced garlic need to be as fresh as possible. Dice these up and cook the frozen peas and carrots. Have the cooked peas and carrots, green onion, diced onion in a bowl ready to toss in.

First, add oil to a pan or wok and toss in a beaten egg. Cook this all the way through then remove from pan. I don’t season the egg personally it works better that way to me.

Then, add a little more oil and toss in the green onion, diced onion, minced garlic, peas and carrots. Season and cook these until the onions become translucent. They don’t have to be fully sautéed but just cooked. Remove from pan.

Lastly, add a little oil and toss in cauliflower rice. Break it apart because it should be clumped together from squeezing the water out. Cook rice for about 1-2 minutes then pour in soy sauce and oyster sauce slurry. Quickly mix into the rice before it burns away from the heat. Lower heat, toss all the other ingredients back in and mix around on a low heat for 1-2 minutes.

Remove and serve.

Helpful Recipe Tips

  • Cauliflower rice, this is a crucial element. Follow the instructions for how to prepare the rice in the post. I personally always use frozen because its the best and easiest. It is important to have the rice dry as possible. In the Chinese restaurants they always use day old rice because there is lower moisture when it’s dry and sticky.
  • Frozen or fresh peas and carrots. It doesn’t matter here but I use frozen as well for ease. When you use frozen always cook first before starting the recipe.
  • For keto or Whole 30, skip the oyster sauce and you can replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos. This will alter the flavor but it’s still good just less authentic. Keto people will want to skip the peas and carrots because they can be very high in carbs and are broken down by the body faster when cooked.
  • Replace the oyster sauce, if you have dark soy sauce which I recommend, skip the oyster sauce. The oyster sauce is easier to find in store unless visiting an Asian market you’ll have to order the the dark soy sauce. Replace the oyster sauce by using 2 TB of soy sauce and 1 TB of dark soy sauce.
  • Add sesame oil, this takes the dish up another notch. It can be skipped but it’s too delicious!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower fried rice is a low carb alternative to one of the best Chinese style dishes around. Follow these steps and I promise I can fool the most sensitive taste buds because it taste so much like the original. A one pan dish that's great for a low carb dinner or side dish!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 2 serving
Calories 115.1 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 10 ounces frozen cauliflower (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 stalks green onion
  • 1/4 diced yellow onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce (sub for dark soy sauce measurements below)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Prep cauliflower rice, peas and carrots

  • If using fresh the instructions are in the passage under "How to make cauliflower rice" I use frozen in the recipe because its the best option.
  • Place bag in mircowave and cook for a little more than than half the time. This way when squeezing the excess water out, the bag doesn't burn you. Cut the top off or a corner and squeeze every bit of water out you can. Don't worry about pressing the rice together that's what you want. Set aside when done.
  • Cook the peas and carrots from frozen. You just need to get the ice off of them, drain them and place them in the bowl with the diced onions and green onions. Make slurry using the soy sauce and oyster sauce or the soy sauce and dark soy sauce. See notes for questions.

Cooking the fried rice

  • In a pan or wok on medium heat add a little oil and add in 1 beaten egg. Scramble well then remove from the pan.
  • Add a little more oil then add in diced onion, green onion, minced garlic, peas and carrots. Season them with salt and pepper to taste. 1/4 tsp each is a start.
  • Once diced onion is translucent remove all the veggies from the pan.
  • Turn heat up to medium/high, add a lilttle oil then place in rice. It should be clumped together so break apart. Cook about 1 minute then add slurry of soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly mix into the rice before it burns away from the heat. Evenly coat the rice.
  • Lower the heat and toss the egg and the veggies in. Give it a good mix and blend for about a minute. Remove then serve.

Notes

Helpful Recipe Tips

  • Cauliflower rice, this is a crucial element. Follow the instructions for how to prepare the rice in the post. I personally always use frozen because its the best and easiest. It is important to have the rice dry as possible. In the Chinese restaurants they always use day old rice because there is lower moisture when it's dry and sticky.
  • Frozen or fresh peas and carrots. It doesn't matter here but I use frozen as well for ease. When you use frozen always cook first before starting the recipe.
  • For keto or Whole 30, skip the oyster sauce and you can replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos. This will alter the flavor but it's still good just less authentic. Keto people will want to skip the peas and carrots because they can be very high in carbs and are broken down by the body faster when cooked.
  • Replace the oyster sauce, if you have dark soy sauce which I recommend, skip the oyster sauce. The oyster sauce is easier to find in store unless visiting an Asian market you'll have to order the the dark soy sauce. Replace the oyster sauce by using 2 TB of soy sauce and 1 TB of dark soy sauce.
  • Add sesame oil, this takes the dish up another notch. It can be skipped but it's too delicious!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 115.1 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Cholesterol 93.3mg31%
Sodium 1480mg64%
Carbohydrates 14.1g5%
Fiber 5.2g22%
Sugar 6.2g7%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 thoughts on “Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe”

  1. Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m a huge fan of cauliflower rice and this was perfect to pair with my keto sushi!

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