How to Make Cauliflower Rice (and What to Do With It)

Overhead view of stir fried spicy chicken with baby corns and snow peas serves with cauliflower rice
Overhead view of stir fried spicy chicken with baby corns and snow peas serves with cauliflower rice Li Kim Goh / Getty Images

Intrigued by the growing trend of cauliflower rice? Try this: Grate cauliflower florets using a box cheese grater or food processor until it resembles rice. It’s a good way to lighten your carbohydrate load while upping the vegetable intake. Treat it like you would regular rice: using it as the base for curry; folding it into a burrito; or simply drizzling it with olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper. Here are a few more ideas to get you started.

 

 

  • Toss it raw into salads, or sprinkle on hummus. Toast in a cast-iron skillet or baking sheet with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then stir in roasted, chopped vegetables and a squeeze of lemon or lime (below).
  • Microwave one cup “rice” for 3 minutes for the base of a grain bowl. Layer with sautéed vegetables, a protein (such as shredded chicken), and a vinaigrette dressing.
  • Throw together a healthy fried rice. In a wok, using canola and sesame oils, fry “rice” with diced carrots, frozen peas, scallions, a protein (like shrimp or shelled edamame), an egg, grated ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.