This Cauliflower Fried Rice is low-carb, grain-free and a super yummy vegetable side dish! The “rice” is made from grated cauliflower, but it has all the flavor of take-out fried rice!
Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day! The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers. Once a month, we are given a blog assignment from which we must choose a recipe to cook and blog about. Everyone posts their recipe on reveal day (today!).
I was really excited this month because I was assigned a blog I’ve been reading for years, long before I was even involved with the SRC! My blog this month was The Spiffy Cookie, written by Erin, who lives in Ohio and has a PhD in microbiology! (That’s way too smart for me… I actually just had to second-guess my self on the capitalization of PhD.)
Erin blogs about all types of food– we have similar styles: put a healthy spin on dinner, but never forget dessert! Besides food, Erin also blogs lots of fun crafty DIY projects. Something I could learn a thing or two about.
When I went to Erin’s blog, I was in search of something very specific. I had just harvested the last head of cauliflower from our garden for the year, and it needed to be incorporated into dinner ASAP. Fresh-picked is the best.
Lucky for me, Erin is a cauli fan and she had plenty of options for me to choose from. This Sesame Chicken and Cauliflower sounded so yummy, and I know Nick would love the sauce. I almost made this Broccoli and Cauliflower Quiche. I’m always looking for good quiche and frittata recipes to use up all our quail eggs! Erin has also made (and from the looks of it, mastered) the Cauliflower Pizza Crust… something I keep meaning to try.
Though I wanted to try all those recipes, when I saw this Cauliflower Fried Rice, I had to try it. It looked like such a fun and genius idea.
- 1 medium (about 24 oz) cauliflower, rinsed and dried
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sesame oil, divided
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ small onion, diced
- ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
- 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- Using a food processor or box grated, grate the cauliflower and set aside.
- Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp sesame oil, then add the eggs to the pan, turning a few times until set. Remove eggs from pan and set aside.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp sesame oil and saute onions, scallion whites, peas and carrots, and garlic about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.
- Add the cauliflower and soy sauce. Mix, cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is tender.
- Stir in the egg, then remove from heat and mix in scallion greens.
This was so good. Even though we don’t have any more home-grown cauliflower left, I will definitely be buying some to make this again soon. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever make regular rice as a side for Chinese-esque food again. This is so much better. And really not even that much work. I made a Bourbon Chicken type dish to go with this and it was awesome. You could just barely taste that it was cauliflower, but it was the most delicious cauliflower ever.
Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines says
Great Reveal Day pick! Can’t wait to try this…we love cauliflower and this would be a hit~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines
Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories says
While I’m not anti grain, this does sound very interesting!
Exactly! I love rice, but this is just a fun alternative! There’s nothing wrong with a little extra veggie in your life. 🙂
Karen S Booth says
I LOVE cauliflower rice and often cook it when I’m on my 5:2 diet fast days! GREAT pick for SRC this month. Karen
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
What a great secret dish recipe, Jess! This is such a fantastic idea to make fried rice out of cauliflower. I bet the taste is amazing! Love this, pinned!
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
What a great idea to use shredded cauliflower in place of the rice. Great choice this month!!
I LOVE cauli-rice, never tire of it… your choice is puuuurfect for me!
Happy Reveal DAY!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
Hooray! I am so excited that you had my blog this month and that you were able to find a great purpose for your cauliflower!
I’ve never had cauliflower in place of rice. It looks wonderful!
Annie @Maebells says
I have got to try this! We eat fried rice all the time, this is such a good low carb version! I wouldn’t feel bad about eating seconds!
Exactly! We definitely ate the entire batch between the 2 of us… But it was all veggie!
I’ve always wanted to try to rice cauliflower. This looks great! Awesome pick this month 🙂
I just bought a whole head of cauliflower for just this purpose — fried rice! This looks delicious, Jess, and now I can just follow your recipe. haha
Oh my gosh, it was so good! I hope you like it— I’ll definitely be making it again and again!
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
Way healthier fried rice!? I’m in! This looks awesome Jess. Such a smart use of cauliflower!
susan @ the wimpy vegetarian says
What a great pick this month!! I love this way of using cauliflower!
Yum! I love how healthy this is While pretending to be something decadent. Great SRC pick!
Rachel @ Bakerita says
This looks so delicious! I had an incident making cauliflower rice that broke my food processor and left me with cauliflower rice all over the kitchen. It was traumatizing and I haven’t tried making it since…but this looks so good it makes me want to give it a shot!!
Haha!! Oh no!!! It didn’t seem to give me any trouble, but I would definitely be traumatized over that, too!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
I still have NOT tried cauliflower rice and I SO need too! Anything to cut carbs (I have too many as it is). This fried rice looks amazing Jess!
It was really good! You should definitely try!! I am carb-obsessed too, so this is a nice way to cut them without missing them!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Cauliflower rice is so good! Such a great way to cut out some carbs. Love all the flavors in yours. It looks perfect!
Valentina | The Baking Fairy says
This looks SO yum! I love using cauliflower for mashed “potatoes” or low-carb pizza crust, but I have yet to make cauli-rice. This is definitely next on my to-cook list! 🙂
I still need to try pizza crust!! We weren’t crazy about the potatoes, because they were a little too watery. I definitely didn’t notice that with the rice at all, though!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
I love that you used cauliflower rice instead of normal rice. So much healthier! And even better, a cauliflower you grew yourself!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This looks amazing! I love cauliflower rice, but I usually don’t even flavor it, just use it as an accompaniment to other food or as an alternative to rice when I get takeout. I really want to give this a go 🙂
Kathy @ Olives & garlic says
Perfect low carb alternative. I love making this dish. Delish!
I love fried rice, but not all of the calories! This looks like such a great healthier alternative, but still delicious. Pinned!
I tried cauliflower fried rice and it was a horrible failure. I thin my issues was because I used the food processor instead.
Oh no!! I used the food processor, but I used the grater attachment, not the regular blades. You definitely don’t want the cauliflower to be TOO fine. You should try again… it’s SOOO good when you get it right!! 🙂
Oh yum! That is so fun that you guys do that! I’ve never made cauliflower rice before but I need to because this looks delicious!
Amy @ Army Amy says
I’m so on team fried rice and team frozen veggies. I’ve made the Skinnytaste version of fried rice a few times. I’d love to give it a go with cauli, though.
It’s so yummy!! I love rice but this is a nice way to change it up!! 😉
I made this last night and it was AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing!
Yay! Glad you enjoyed! 😉
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
I totally want to try this! I would have to make something different for my kids, because they are picky little suckers, but I know I would love this!
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook says
This is great! You’d never know that wasn’t rice. Pinned.