Cauliflower rice is something that should actually probably be called riced cauliflower but we’re not going to get super technical when it comes to name calling here.
Millions (dare I say billions) of people vow to adopt healthier eating habits and a cleaner lifestyle every year.
A lot of those people discover cauliflower early on in their journey but many don’t know how truly versatile it can be.
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There are TONS of incredible things you can make out of this versatile vegetable because of it’s very neutral flavor profile. Sure you get a hint of cabbage when you eat cauliflower but…that’s because it’s related to cabbage.
I’ve seen people complain about erm…discomfort after eating lots of cauliflower but that’s because there is literally a ton of fiber in it. Not literally. But you get what I mean.
What are the different ways to make riced cauliflower?
There are roughly three different ways to make this low carb rice substitute. Any method you find will fall under one of the following:
- by hand, with a grater.
- with a food processor.
- with a blender.
There’s a saying that goes something like: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
Well there’s more than one way to rice a cauliflower.
I’ve listed several different methods below from least to most expensive.
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How to make cauliflower rice without a food processor
Using a box grater or cheese grater, grate fresh florets into rice sized crumbles. Watch out for your fingers while doing this.
This, honestly, is probably my least favorite method only because it’s so messy. I used my OXO Box Grater but keep in mind you may or may not have cauliflower flying everywhere.
But, if a cheese grater is all you have, don’t let this deter you!
If anyone has any helpful suggestions for making this method less messy, please add them in the comments.
How to make cauliflower rice with a food processor
Add cauliflower florets to your food processor and pulse until the florets are rice sized pieces. Be careful not to pulse too much or you will over process the cauliflower into crumbles.
Unless that’s what you’re going for.
This is a much cleaner method than the cheese grater method we just talked about but not everyone has a food processor. Sometimes when I’m making a small batch of cauliflower rice I’ll use my Cuisanart Smart Stick which comes with a mini food processor.
I adore my smart stick.
How to make cauliflower rice with a blender
This is probably my favorite method, just barely beating out the food processor because it’s kinda cool to watch. With the blender method you’re going to add your cauliflower to your blender with just enough water to cover. Pulse the florets and water until the floret chunks are small enough to resemble rice. Drain and there you have it! I use my Ninja Ultima Blender for this and it only takes a few pulses to get me to cauliflower rice town.
How to make cauliflower rice taste better
One simple way to make your cauliflower rice taste better is to add herbs and spices. Cook the cauliflower rice in butter or ghee to add some really great flavor as well.
I like to add a little garlic and herb seasoning to my cauliflower rice but you could definitely go nuts here. Add soy sauce to make it “Asian style” or paprika to go along with Mexican food.Print
A quick and easy how to recipe that lists 3 different ways to make cauliflower rice, perfect for any budget or skill level. Cauliflower rice, or riced cauliflower, is naturally gluten free. It’s an excellent low carb and keto swap for white rice.
- 1 lb cauliflower, cut in florets
- 1/2 Tbs coconut oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- Rice the cauliflower using your preferred method.
- Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
- Add cauliflower, salt and pepper, and sauté. Stir frequently to preventing burning or sticking.
- Cook cauliflower until no liquid remains and cauliflower is nice and fluffy. Serve hot in place of rice in your favorite dishes.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 43
Keywords: low carb, keto, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian