Cauliflower rice is a low-carb alternative to white rice for any recipe or meal. Learn how to make cauliflower rice the quick and easy way!
WHAT IS CAULIFLOWER RICE?
Cauliflower rice is cauliflower florets that have been chopped, food processed, or otherwise turned into a consistency very similar to that of rice. It is a favorite of anyone looking to eat fewer carbs, more vegetables, or a “lighter” diet.
Cauliflower makes a great substitute for white rice. When cooked, it doesn’t have a strong taste and can easily take on the taste of any sauces or spices used in the recipe.
HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER RICE
Begin by removing the green parts from the cauliflower stalk.
Next, remove the florets from the stalk.
Then, cut the florets into smaller pieces so they can be more easily processed in your food processor.
Place the cauliflower pieces into your food processor.
Use the “pulse” option to process the cauliflower into a rice-like consistency.
When you’ve reached your desired rice consistency, voila! You’re done!
CAN CAULIFLOWER RICE BE FROZEN?
Yes, cauliflower rice can be frozen. To freeze your rice, place it into a freezer-safe baggie. Lay it flat in your freezer, so if you are stacking multiple bags it will make it easier.
When using your frozen cauliflower rice, simply pour it into a skillet and cook.
Rice that has been frozen for more than 4 months should be discarded. It can get freezer burnt, which will completely ruin the taste of it and how it can be cooked.
CAN CAULIFLOWER RICE GO BAD?
Yes, absolutely! Cauliflower rice is no different than any other food product, meaning it has a “time to live.” Cooked cauliflower rice will last in the fridge a few days, while frozen rice can be stored for a few months.
Any leftovers should be discarded and not eaten after their respective time (as listed above) is reached.
CAN CAULIFLOWER RICE BE REHEATED?
Yes, cauliflower rice can be reheated. Like with any leftovers, there are multiple ways to reheat your cauliflower rice. Let’s take a look at a few options.
IN THE MICROWAVE
The quickest and easiest way to reheat your leftover rice is in the microwave. To do this, simply spoon out the amount you are wanting to eat onto a plate or into a bowl and place it in the microwave.
Microwave the rice on high for 1 minute, stirring at the 30-second mark. Remove from the microwave, check to ensure the rice is heated through, and eat. If the rice needs more time, heat in 15-second increments until it reaches your desired temperature.
If you’re planning to reheat an entire container of cauliflower rice in the microwave, use the same method as above, but increase your cook time. Still, stir every 30 seconds or so to ensure the rice heats as evenly as possible.
ON THE STOVE
Alternatively, you can reheat your cauliflower rice in a skillet on the stove. Place the rice into the skillet and place over medium to medium-high heat.
If you’d like, add a touch of avocado oil to the pan so the rice won’t stick.
Stirring occasionally, heat until the rice is heated through. Remove from the heat and serve!
CAN’T I JUST BUY CAULIFLOWER RICE IN THE STORE?
You can buy various brands of cauliflower rice in the store, yes. However, some contain added ingredients and fillers. If you decide to go the route of buying your cauliflower rice, make sure you are getting a brand that contains exactly what you want; cauliflower.
CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPES
After you’ve riced your cauliflower, you may need some ideas on what to make with it. There are tons of great cauliflower rice recipes out there.
Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
- Keto Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Rice
- Keto Cauliflower White Rice
- Keto Garlic Shrimp Mushroom Risotto
- Tuna Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice
- Keto Japanese Fried Rice
- Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing
For more ideas, you can check out our recipe index.
TOOLS NEEDED TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER RICE
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- Food Processor – To make cauliflower rice, a food processor is essential. Furthermore, a food processor is an integral component of any kitchen. It can turn any number of kitchen tasks into easy work. If you don’t have one in your kitchen yet, the time is now!
- 1 head cauliflower
- Food Processor
- Begin by removing the green parts from the cauliflower stalk
- Remove the florets from the stalk
- Then, cut the florets into smaller pieces so they can be more easily processed in your food processor
- Place the cauliflower pieces into your food processor
- Use the “pulse” option to process the cauliflower into a rice-like consistency
- When you’ve reached your desired rice consistency, voila!
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