How to Make Cauliflower Rice

how to make cauliflower rice

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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!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 2 lbs florets or 1 large head of cauliflower


In a Food Processor

  1. Chop cauliflower into florets just small enough to move around in your food processor.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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

By Hand

  1. Chop cauliflower florets using chef’s knife.
  2. 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.

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.


  • 2 lbs of cauliflower makes about 6 cups of cauliflower rice.
  • Do not throw away the core. It makes the best firm cauliflower rice.

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