Bowl of cauliflower fried rice

There are a few things to be grateful for in terms of getting diagnosed with Celiac Disease, including eating fresher and healthier than ever before.

Case in point: Cauliflower Fried Rice!

I can say with 100% certainty that I would have never thought to swap regular white rice for CAULIFLOWER rice in my standard fried rice recipe had I not been diagnosed, but this is one healthy swap that I am totally here for. It’s a dead ringer for the real thing!

Grated or “riced” cauliflower is stir fried with frozen mixed vegetables, green onions, garlic, and sesame oil-laced eggs then tossed with gluten-free Tamari (or soy sauce if you’re not gluten-free) and served up hot. Absolutely delicious. A revelation. No restaurant – nor rice! – required.

Bowl of fried rice with chop sticks

Tips for Making Cauliflower Fried Rice

  1. Fresh or Frozen: I’m showing you how to make this recipe with freshly riced cauliflower, though you can use frozen, pre-riced cauliflower instead. No need to thaw prior to cooking.
  2. Customize It: Add any/all vegetables you may have on hand. I often add frozen pepper stir fry mix and/or frozen edamame. I made it once with fresh broccoli and that was…not our favorite, just FYI.
  3. Tools Needed: While a food processor rices cauliflower in seconds, you can also use a box grater to make cauliflower rice. Additionally, a large wok works great for this recipe, though a very large, nonstick skillet does the job too.
  4. Too veggie heavy? If you’re serving Cauliflower Fried Rice to little ones, or have a dining parter that won’t go for so many veggies, feel free to cut the cauliflower rice with regular, cooked white rice.
  5. Pump up the protein: If I’m not feeling the egg, sauteed shrimp or cubed tofu is fabulous to add to this rice. Leftover diced steak or chicken is great too.

Even if you don’t need to eat gluten-free, we could all use a little more plants in our diet. This low-carb, 20 minute supper is going to make you all kinds of happy, I just know it!

Overhead photo of bowl of fried rice with chopsticks

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Step 1: Prep the Cauliflower

Start by slicing out the core of a small head of cauliflower, then cut the head into a few big hunks.

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Next, fit a large food processor with the grating attachment. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a box grater OR, as I mentioned, you can use store-bought frozen riced cauliflower instead.

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Pop the cauliflower hunks into the shoot then let ‘er rip.

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Here’s a close up shot of the results. Visually the cauliflower is a cross between rice and hash browns.

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Step 2: Cook the Cauliflower Fried Rice

Place a large wok or nonstick skillet over high heat then add sesame oil. Measure out 4 cups grated cauliflower then add it to the hot oil along with frozen mixed vegetables and chopped green onions. 

Stir fry until the cauliflower is just starting to become tender, 3-4 minutes, then add minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Stir fry until the garlic is fragrant, another minute or so.

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Next, push the cauliflower to the sides of the wok to create a well in the center, then pour in a couple of eggs whisked with more sesame oil. Let sit until set on the bottom then scramble and toss to combine.

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Last step is to drizzle in gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce (dish will not be GF if using traditional soy sauce) then toss to combine.

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Last step is to scoop the Cauliflower Fried Rice into bowls then serve. I hope you love this healthier, gluten free take-out fake out dish – enjoy!

Closeup photo of fried rice made of cauliflower

More Cauliflower Rice Recipes

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Description

Cauliflower Fried Rice will trick your tastebuds in the best way possible. This 20 minute gluten-free, low-carb recipe will be a hit at your house!

Ingredients

serves 3

  • 1 teaspoon + 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small head cauliflower (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce (dish will not be GF if using soy sauce)

Directions

  1. Combine 1 teaspoon sesame oil with eggs in a bowl then whisk to combine and set aside. Chop cauliflower head into big chunks then send through a food processor fitted with the grating attachment. Alternatively you could grate the cauliflower on a box grater OR use 4 cups frozen cauliflower rice. Measure out 4 cups grated cauliflower then save the rest for another use.
  2. Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon sesame oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add cauliflower, green onions, and frozen mixed vegetables then stir fry until cauliflower is just beginning to turn tender, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, season with salt and pepper, and then continue to stir fry until garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds or so.
  3. Push mixture to the sides of the wok to create an opening in the center then add the whisked eggs and scramble. Toss mixture to combine then drizzle in 2 Tablespoon gluten free Tamari and mix again to combine. Taste then add remaining Tablespoon gluten free Tamari if desired, and then serve.

Notes

  • Here is the 14-cup Food Processor I have >
  • You can use 4 cups frozen riced cauliflower instead of freshly grating your own. No need to thaw prior to cooking.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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