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How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Olena Osipov
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How to Make Cauliflower Rice at home using a food processor, grater or knife. Homemade cauliflower rice is easy, cheap and lasts well for months to come. You can cook it from frozen!

Cauliflower rice is a wonderful low carb alternative to regular rice in classic dishes like fried rice and risotto.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

The main reason I make cauliflower rice at home is the cost. In Canada, a small bag of cauliflower rice costs often $5-6. I assume it is much cheaper in the US. Lucky you then. 🙂

I also find store-bought bagged cauliflower rice goes bad fast either already in the store or in my own fridge. I simply forget about it often. Guilty as charged. 🙂

So, I find it much easier to keep a head of cauliflower on hand that lasts way longer and make cauliflower rice as I need. Or freeze for later because riced cauliflower freezes beautifully. You don’t even have to thaw it before cooking.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice in a Food Processor

2 lbs of cauliflower makes about 6 cups of cauliflower rice.

Tip: Do not throw away the core. It makes the best firm cauliflower rice.

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  • Chop cauliflower into florets just small enough to move around in your food processor. Save time by buying already chopped cauliflower in a bag. It lasts as long as a head of cauliflower.
  • Add cauliflower florets in small batches to any size food processor. The key is to not overcrowd the bowl and work in batches. Any size and power food processor works – from this little guy pictured to my 11 cup full size one.
  • Process cauliflower not too long just until you see the rice texture form. I would say about 20 seconds. As soon as you overstuff food processor with cauliflower and overprocess, it becomes a mush with large chunks.

How to Rice Cauliflower with Grater and By Hand

If you do not have a food processor, not a big deal. You can still make cauliflower rice using below 2 methods. I would not recommend making cauliflower rice in any blender because the blade is not wide enough.

  • Box grater – If using a head of cauliflower, cut into larger florets so they are more comfortable to hold and prevent skin damage. Grate on the largest holes of a box grater usually intended for cheese.
  • Chop cauliflower florets using chef’s knife. The key to success is a sharp knife, stable cutting board and patience. 🙂 This technique is more time consuming than any other but works like a charm.

In either way, check out my post how to cut cauliflower into florets.

cauliflower rice in a glass measuring cup

How to Store Cauliflower Rice

Refrigerate riced cauliflower in a glass bowl covered with linen towel or a beeswax wrap. Cauliflower contains 90% water. Keeping cauliflower rice not covered airtight allows excess moisture to escape and air to flow. It will last this way for up to 5-6 days staying dry and without becoming soggy and developing a foul sulphur smell.

Freeze cauliflower rice in desired portions for next recipe. It freezes beautifully in large gallon size resealable bags for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen, please do not thaw. Then wash a baggie and re-use, pretty please. 🙂 Frozen cauliflower rice cooks just as fast as fresh. If you let it thaw, it will release a ton of water into your dish.

How to Cook Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is usually mixed with other ingredients to make a low carb dinner. 4 key points you need to remember when cooking cauliflower rice:

  1. Cauliflower is a vegetable, so its “rice”.
  2. It releases water unlike its starchy “sister” that absorbs it.
  3. Cook time is maximum 5 minutes. Mostly, you just warm it through.
  4. Do not treat it like rice but rather a vegetable.

Below are a few ideas to get you started:

How to Make Cauliflower Rice in a food processor

how to make cauliflower rice

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

How to Make Cauliflower Rice at home using a food processor, grater or knife. Homemade cauliflower rice is easy, cheap and lasts well for months to come. You can cook it from frozen!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs florets or 1 large head of cauliflower

Instructions

In a Food Processor

  • Chop cauliflower into florets just small enough to move around in your food processor.
  • Add cauliflower florets in small batches to any size food processor. The key is to not overcrowd the bowl  and work in batches. Any size and power food processor works - from this little guy pictured to my 11 cup full size one.
  • Process cauliflower not too long just until you see the rice texture form. I would say about 20 seconds. As soon as you overstuff food processor with cauliflower, it becomes a mush with large chunks.

Using a Box Grater

  • If using a head of cauliflower, cut into larger florets so they are more comfortable to hold and prevent skin damage.
  • Grate on the largest holes of a box grater usually intended for cheese.

By Hand

  • Chop cauliflower florets using chef's knife.
  • The key to success is a sharp knife, stable cutting board and patience. 🙂 This technique is more time consuming than any other but works like a charm.
  • In either way, check out my post how to cut cauliflower into florets.

Notes

  • 2 lbs of cauliflower makes about 6 cups of cauliflower rice.
  • Do not throw away the core. It makes the best firm cauliflower rice.
  • How to Store Cauliflower Rice: Refrigerate riced cauliflower in a glass bowl covered with linen towel or a beeswax wrap. Cauliflower contains 90% water. Keeping cauliflower rice not covered airtight allows excess moisture to escape and air to flow. It will last this way for up to 5-6 days staying dry and without becoming soggy and developing a foul sulphur smell.
  • Freeze cauliflower rice in desired portions for next recipe. It freezes beautifully in large gallon size resealable bags for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen, please do not thaw. Then wash a baggie and re-use, pretty please. 🙂 Frozen cauliflower rice cooks just as fast as fresh. If you let it thaw, it will release a ton of water into your dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. Yes because you cook it for a long time. The only way I see is to saute it in a skillet first, then squeeze out excess moisture in linen towel or cheesecloth and then add to a casserole.

  1. I had to buy frozen cauliflower florets because my grocery store did not have any fresh. how should I go about making the rice with frozen cauliflower? I am really excited to try it !

  2. I love cauliflower, but I never cooked cauliflower rice, besides that, since 2 years ago my husband passed away and I’m alone, I really would like to have some healthy recipe which I could freeze. Thank you
    Sincerely Jeannine

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