Light and fluffy Keto rice that nearly perfectly mimics the texture of real white rice. Combining two different types of low carb rice cuts the calories and net carbs while increasing the amount you can eat!
I’d definitely call that a win.
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The OG keto rice substitute
Cauliflower rice on its own is pretty darn good and highly coveted in the Ketogenic/low carb community. But, for myself and others, the texture never really quite got me there.
I even did a post about it here, showcasing three different ways you can make low carb cauliflower rice at home.
And really, homemade is the best way to make it. I’ve tried the prepackaged bags in the grocery store and, while they are convenient, they’re usually too finally chopped for my liking.
In my opinion, cauliflower rice needs to be small but not too fine. Otherwise it has a strange mouthfeel.
If you weren’t a cauliflower rice fan you could always take a stab at shirataki rice or konjac rice.
What is konjac or shirataki rice?
Konjac is a root that grows in Asia, in more scientific circles it’s known as glucomannan. But we’ll just say konjac for our purposes.
Shirataki is the name for products made from konjac. Make sense?
Konjac is a high fiber root vegetable in the yam family that has been linked to lowered cholesterol, reduced weight and lowered blood sugar. This is ideal for diabetics.
The high amount of fiber also means that konjac keeps you feeling full for longer than low fiber foods.
Konjac Rice: the No carb rice
Konjac rice is an extremely low calorie food, with only about 10 calories per serving. That’s a big part of the appeal of eating konjac or shirataki products for most dieters.
In addition to konjac products being low in calories, they’re also low in net carbs. Although each serving contains 3 carbs, those carbs come from fiber which means we get to subtract them.
That makes konjac rice a zero net carb keto rice substitute.
There’s a reason why people call it Miracle Rice.
Where to buy Konjac rice
The easiest place to find konjac or shirataki rice might be your local grocery store. It’s most commonly found where they keep the fresh vegetables, in the vegan vegetarian cheese section or in the health foods section.
I couldn’t kind konjac keto rice near me though so I took to the internet, as usual. I found it on Amazon and Vitacost at similar price points but Vitacost had the best price on individual bags if you’re scared to commit.
Can you substitute konjac rice for something else?
The only brand on konjac rice I’ve tried is the Better Than Rice brand I mentioned above so I can’t recommend any other brands. However, I’m sure other brands are comparable.
Wes over at High Falutin Low Carb on YouTube did do a shirataki/konjac noodle comparison which may help you when you’re buying the ingredients for this recipe. Check the video out here.
Why mix them together?
Konjac rice on its on is really not the best, in my totally unprofessional opinion. That’s because it tends to be a little on the chewy side.
But, when you combine that with the texture of cauliflower rice, it makes the perfect Keto rice combination!
Make your fluffy keto rice perfect
Before we get to the recipe, here are a couple ways you can perfect low carb rice substitute.
- Rinse your konjac noodles. Rinse, rinse, rinse and then rinse some more. This will remove any sort of smell that often accompanies konjac products. When you open the package, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
- Let your Keto rice get nice and dry. You might start getting scared during the saute portion of the recipe but it’s for the best! This step is crucial for the fluff factor and as long as you consistently stir your rice, you’re good to go.
- Don’t be afraid of the salt. I’ve been eating cauliflower for a long time and one thing that I know is that it needs salt, and lots of it. If your low carb rice doesn’t taste quite right at first, add a little bit more salt. Trust me on this.
How to store your fluffy keto rice
If it lasts that long, your rice will keep well in the refridgetator for about 3-4 days. Store or fluffy Keto rice in an airtight container after it has cooled completely.
Making sure your rice has cooled completely will help ensure that no excess moisture from steam is trapped inside the container. Excess moisture can greatly reduce the freshness of your rice and its storage time.
So make sure it’s nice and cool, ok? Ok.
- Preheat a medium skillet on the stove on medium heat.
- While the skillet is heating up, rinse the konjac rice thoroughly using a colander or sieve. Rinse at least 3 times but more doesn't hurt. Allow any excess water to drain.
- Once the skillet has warmed up, add the avocado or coconut oil. Add the rice cauliflower rice and sauté in order to dry the cauliflower out. The drier the better. It may even start to brown a little.
- Add the garlic powder and salt.
- After the cauliflower rice is dried out, add the Better Than Rice konjac rice and then repeat the drying out process.
- You'll know the rice is ready when it becomes nice and fluffy and even starts to brown a little. You won't see any more moisture in the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately or allow to cool completely before storing.