How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is a great low-carb, gluten-free option for stir fry or other dishes you’d usually use rice for. Not sure how to make cauliflower rice? Don’t worry! It’s easy! We’ll walk you through exactly what you need to do to make cauliflower rice at home. It is so easy to make and it is way fresher (and cheaper) than pre-made cauliflower rice you can find at the grocery store.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

When I first making the switch to a lower carb diet, cauliflower rice was the best discover. It tastes so good and, while not identical to rice, is a great substitute. It’s perfect in our Weeknight Ragú or as a substitute for rice in this Stovetop Picadillo.

A few of my kids actually like it better than rice, so I use it all the time because I love that they are getting some extra veggies in.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

I can make enough for my family of 8 with one head of cauliflower. If I want extras, sometimes I’ll use 2 but 1 really does make quite a bit.

You don’t need any fancy tools to make this. I use a food processor but a blender would work as well.

For any sugar-free kitchen, I really recommend this Ninja Kitchen System. It’s perfect when you are trying to work more whole foods in your diet. We use it for smoothies, sauces, quick protein shakes, cauliflower rice, and more. We’ll make spiralized veggies with this too as an alternative to pasta, like these Zoodles with Spinach Pesto.

Ninja Kitchen System

The first few times I used cauliflower rice in my cooking, I bought pre-made cauliflower rice at the store. This was hit-or-miss for me as far as quality. Some was great and some was just off. It was a bit pricey for small portions too so I just find it easier to make my own.

Once you see how easy this is, you’ll want to do the same.

Cauliflower Rice Ingredients

  • Cauliflower, one head
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (or other oil of your choice)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cauliflower Rice Preparation

Start by chopping your cauliflower into large florets. Don’t worry about getting them too small or even. These just need to be small enough to fit into your food processor.

Cauliflower Rice

Fill your food processor with your cauliflower florets. I do this in batches. Don’t overfill your food processor or it won’t chop evenly.

This is what I love about the Ninja Kitchen System. I use the same base and just pop the food processor attachment on it. The auto IQ sense that I’m using the food processor and gives me options based on that.

Fill the food processor, seal the lid, and set it to “chop”.

Let this go until your cauliflower has been chopped into rice-sized pieces.

Cauliflower Rice in a food processor

Work in batches until you have riced all your cauliflower.

Next step is to cook your cauliflower rice. You can steam this. My favorite way is to cook it in a frying pan because I feel like you get more flavor out of it.

In a large frying pan, melt 1-2 Tbsp. of butter on med-high heat.

Add your riced cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the cauliflower is slightly toasted.

Cauliflower Rice

Sever with any dish you’d usually eat with rice. We love cauliflower rice and make it at least a few times a week.

It’s great as leftovers too so make plenty!

Cauliflower Rice


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