Cauliflower Rice

prep:10 minutes
cook:7 minutes to 9 minutes
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  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 41
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 4g
  • Protein: 0g

Serves: 4

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Rinse cauliflower under cool water and pat dry.
  2. Using a cheese grater, grate the cauliflower to a coarse texture (approximately the size of rice grains). Using a food processor to pulse the cauliflower to desired texture works as well.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Sauté the onion and garlic for 3–4 minutes, or until the onion is relatively translucent.
  5. Add in the cauliflower rice and continue to sauté for 4–5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
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    1. Primal Newbie
      April 18, 2012

      The Cauliflower Rice went really well with the Beef w/Broccoli in the Entree section. I grated the cauliflower in the food processor which is very fast.

    2. teabagginit
      May 14, 2012

      This is great! My friends and family love it! It fools most people- they think it’s rice. Thanks for a great, easy recipe!

    3. teabagginit
      August 4, 2012

      This worked great and produced soft, rice-like texture! I took it in an Asian spin and used shallots and ginger. I paired it with the Asian Beef Kabobs and it was perfect!

    4. [email protected]
      August 20, 2012

      I used the idea of cauliflower rice to make an awesome Chicken Fried “Rice.” Family loved it. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    5. Ashley
      August 23, 2012

      I love this recipe. I added some dried thyme and really loved the flavor it added.

    6. JC
      November 21, 2012

      Awesome recipe! Now I dont miss anymore rice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7. Charlie Golf
      February 4, 2013

      This recipe is the first cauliflower rice recipe I’ve ever liked. The results are very good.

      I’ve tried several others and have never been satisfied with the results. This one, on the other hand, was devoured by the non-veggie eaters in the family and one of the kids (a carboholic) even asked for more “rice.”

    8. Pam957
      May 1, 2013

      This is the first time that I’ve made cauliflower rice. I was very skeptical, but I loved it! The only thing I did differently was to add some sliced green onion and chopped pecans the last few minutes. Loved it.

    9. lyndsybrooke
      September 8, 2013

      My husband and I are just starting to introduce ourselves to Paleo eating. This was pretty good, even for someone who ate lots of rice, like, yesterday. It’s definitely not rice, but I could see how this would be a totally suitable replacement. Mine got watery at the end of cooking, but by the next day, the leftovers were not watery at all and much better. So I think I will drain it next time before serving if it goes watery on me again. The basic flavor is great – I doubled the garlic (we love it), used olive oil and added sliced green onions and pecans like the previous poster — and that was a great suggestion! Served with grilled leg of lamb topped with tomatoes and olives.

    10. fayster
      September 28, 2014

      Had this tonight and it was great! I used shallots instead of onion because that’s what I had. Thanks!

    11. lizndill
      October 7, 2014

      JUST finished dinner – LOVED it! Very simple yet delish. Love the other poster ideas! I made a satay style chicken and served that over the “rice”. Will def me making this a regular. Thank you!

    12. BlueBull
      October 9, 2014

      Can’t wait to try this tonight. Been following the Dr Ozz diet for three weeks and miss my rice and pasta.

    13. BlueBull
      October 10, 2014

      Deliciously addictive. Added some chilli powder for a little kick as well as mixed herbs for flavour and parsley for colour. Guilt free rice.

    14. Jackie Wilke
      Jackie Wilke
      January 15, 2015

      Better than real rice!!!!!

    15. ajbprimal21
      January 21, 2015

      I seriously cannot believe that my husband just at that “rice” and had NO IDEA it wasn’t actual rice. How is that possible? He hates cauliflower! Love this!

    16. Melila
      January 22, 2015

      I tried this last night and I genuinely loved it! I’m really struggling with carb withdrawal and to have chicken curry with rice was just the ultimate comfort food but without any of the guilt 🙂 thanks so much for this incredible recipe, this is a life-changer.

    17. Carol127
      September 5, 2015

      I made this last night for an alternative to steamed (boring) cauliflower, it was so good and easy. I can’t wait to try some of the other recipes. I’m trying to live and eat healthier and I think Primal Palate will be my go to source for recipes. Thank you

    18. canchaser7
      September 21, 2015

      Tried this and it was OK. Might have to find some other seasoning that will go well with this. Would not definitely make this all the time.

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