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How to Make the Best Cauliflower Rice

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

An easy, step-by-step tutorial so you get that perfect textured cauliflower rice every time!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • olive oil or avacodo oil
  • ground black pepper
  • salt

Instructions

Grating Preparation Method:

  1. Remove stem and leaves from the bottom of your head of cauliflower.  Cut cauliflower into small pieces.
  2. Take a large plate and set it in the bottom of your sink. Place a grater on top of the plate.
  3. Take cauliflower one chunk at a time and grate the top of the cauliflower, leaving the stem to discard (or save to make cauliflower mash).

Food Processor Preparation Method:

  1. Remove stem and leaves from the bottom of your head of cauliflower.  Cut cauliflower into small pieces.
  2. Place small cauliflower chunks into your food processor.
  3. Pulse until cauliflower is rice-like, about 3-4 times.
  4. Remove any extra-large chunks that haven’t broken down.

Cooking:

  1. To cook, bring a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat.
  2. Add enough avocado or olive oil to just barely coat the pan (if you add too much your cauliflower rice may get soggy – we don’t want that).
  3. Add cauliflower rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until hot.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve as desired.

Notes

  • Preferred Method: I know, I know – the food processor IS easier and less messy… I get it! BUT as someone who makes cauliflower rice a lot, I can tell you from experience that I (personally) much prefer the hand-grated cauliflower rice because the texture just seems to be much more rice-like.  Do what what works for you though!
  • Beef up the flavor: If you want to increase the flavor of your cauliflower rice you can modify the cooking method as follows:
    • Bring large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add enough ghee to just barely coat the pan.
    • Sauté a tablespoon of minced garlic and approx. 1/4 of a sweet yellow onion (diced) for 3-4 minutes.
    • Add a splash of chicken broth to the pan and then add cauliflower rice. Stir constantly on medium/medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
    • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice: I have an amazing Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice version on the blog too – check it out here!
  • Cauliflower Rice SushiI also haver a cauliflower rice sushi recipe here!

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