In the latest trend of Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian and low carb diets, you will see one emerging ingredient: Cauliflower. That is because once you make it, the sky is the limit. With cauliflower, you can use it in stir-fries, casseroles, tabbouleh, fried rice, salads, risotto, tacos and burritos, grain bowls. The list goes on and on.   

However today, I am here to talk about one meal in particular — cauliflower fried rice. Now, of course, I am a huge fan of the traditional fried rice you can get at many Mexican and Japanese restaurants. But it's not exactly something you can eat every day and gain much nutritional value. That's when I started looking for substitutions for the fried rice I love so much. I came upon a recommendation from a friend, who is currently on a low carb journey herself. She swore to me that I would like it. And let me say sis, she wasn't wrong.

This recipe, courtesy of Skinnytaste, is so good that it almost tastes like the real thing. 

So, if you are looking to eat a little healthier this year or want to snack on something delicious without the guilt, try out this fried cauliflower rice recipe. It makes a delightful low-carb, grain-free substitution for rice when you are in need of a carb detox.


• One medium head (about 24 oz) cauliflower, rinsed
• 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• Two garlic cloves
• Two scallions, diced
• kosher salt, and pepper, to taste
• 1 1/2 limes
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro


  • 1. Remove the core and make sure the cauliflower is completely dry
  • 2 Chop into pieces, then place half of the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is ground and has the texture of rice or couscous
  • 3. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower
  • 4. Set a large pan to medium heat, add olive oil, scallions and garlic and sauté roughly 3 to 4 minutes
  • 5. Raise the temperature to medium-high
  • 6. Add the cauliflower “rice” to the pan to saute. Cover and let it cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, frequently stirring until the cauliflower is crispy on the outside but tender inside 
  • 7. Top with salt and pepper to taste
  • 8. Turn off the burner and remove.  Place in a medium sized bowl and then garnish with fresh cilantro and lime juice to taste

For the full in-depth recipe, read more here.

Photo: Skinnytaste

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