This cauliflower fried rice tastes just like real fried rice, but it's way healthier and a lot more low-carb. I use a bag of frozen cauliflower rice, so it's easy peasy (no pun intended), and doesn't require fresh cauliflower (or the mess and time associated with it). This cauliflower fried "rice" is loaded with bacon, cashews, onions, garlic, sriracha, eggs, peas, and carrots, so you can't even tell you're not eating real rice. If you're looking for a keto cauliflower fried rice recipe, this one is perfect--just omit, limit, or swap out the cashews (peanuts or almonds would be a great low-carb substitute).
This recipe has become a staple in our house when we're craving real fried rice but want something a little lighter. It's quick, healthy-ish, and really delicious! Best of all, you can serve it as a side or as a main dish (it's also really good with an over-easy egg and some hot sauce in the morning).
Here's what you need.
- Cauliflower rice. I use frozen cauliflower rice from Costco or Trader Joe's, but you can use whatever is easiest for you. Fresh or frozen cauliflower rice both work.
- Bacon. The bacon makes this cauliflower fried rice recipe perfect for Keto diets, but it also makes it super tasty. The added fat and flavor from the bacon covers up a lot of the cauliflower taste.
- Onion. We use sweet onions, but use whatever you have on hand and enjoy eating.
- Cashews. If you're following a Keto diet, I'd recommend reducing, eliminating, or swapping out the cashews, as they're a bit higher in carbs than other nuts. Peanuts or almonds would be a great substitute.
- Peas and carrots. We usually buy a bag of frozen peas and carrots--most grocery stores sell a combo bag. You can also use fresh peas and carrots if that's your preference.
- Soy sauce. If you're gluten-free/Paleo/Whole30, substitute coconut aminos.
- Pantry ingredients/spices: fresh garlic, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper
Serve this with:
- Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (One-Pan and Paleo)
- Teriyaki Shrimp with Horseradish Mashed Cauliflower
- Easy Beef and Broccoli with Peppers and Mushrooms
Cauliflower Fried Rice: FAQs
Cauliflower rice usually cooks in about 5 minutes on the stove, but I like to cook it for a bit longer than that so that it dries out a bit. The longer you cook it, the more liquid cooks out of it--that way it's not soggy! I usually cook it for about 10 minutes, or until there's no liquid left in the pan.
It's a really good substitute! The cauliflower doesn't have the same bite that real rice does, but I've loaded this recipe with flavor, so there isn't a super strong cauliflower taste.
Sure! Just omit the egg and the bacon. Edamame and tofu would be great additions to bulk it up a little.