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Check Out These 12 Amazing Cauliflower Rice Recipes for Dinner

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Thinking about what to have for dinner? These simple and tasty cauliflower rice recipes will make your dinner more delicious and interesting!

Cauliflower rice was launched as cauliflower “couscous” in 1998 by a chef named Ben Ford from California until it was named as cauliflower rice after it went viral on the internet. It is super-nutritious and, of course, one of its kind. After all, cauliflower is a versatile vegetable and can be used for various purposes.

Many like cauliflower rice. So, we have curated these cauliflower rice recipes- just for you- to turn your mundane dinner into something exciting.

If you are looking for something vegan and gluten-free, or a low carb substitute for rice, you can go with these cauliflower rice recipes. They have lesser carbs and calories and are rich in fibers, vitamin C, and various antioxidants. They are also rich in choline, which is essential for the heart, brain, liver as well as nervous systems.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice for Cauliflower Rice Recipes

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Making cauliflower rice is simple. You can use a box grater. Even a food processor works if you want quick results. Cut the cauliflower into medium chunks for your ease and grate them to the size of a grain of rice.

Make sure that no excess moisture remains in the cauliflower rice for they would make any cauliflower rice dish soggy. For that, put the cauliflower rice in an absorbing paper/towel and press hard to remove excess water. Your raw cauliflower rice is ready. You can start using it for various cauliflower rice recipes.

Either cooking the cauliflower rice immediately after making it or freezing it in a zipper bag is recommended. Uncooked cauliflower rice starts emitting a strange smell after a few days of storing it in the refrigerator.

Now that your cauliflower rice is ready, it’s time to zest up your taste buds with it. There are a plethora of tasty cauliflower rice recipes. They are also super-easy. Check out how to cook cauliflower rice using the following cauliflower rice recipes!

1. 10 Minute Healthy Cauliflower Rice

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This is the simplest of all the cauliflower rice recipes you can find out there. For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 ounces broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Method

  1. Include some sesame oil, soy sauce, white pepper, and ginger in a dish and combine these ingredients. Then, in a skillet, put some oil and cook the eggs properly. You can dice the fried eggs into small pieces.
  2. In another skillet, put the remaining oil and cook the garlic and onions over low flame. Once the onions become translucent after 3-4 minutes, include the rest of the veggies and cook them until they become soft and tender.
  3. Finally, add the cauliflower rice, the mixture we created in the beginning, and the green onions. Stir until the priced cauliflower becomes tender. Serve it warm.

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2. One-Pot Cauliflower Rice Kitchari

Kitchari is an Indian comfort food mainly comprising of rice, lentils (daal), and a load of spices. Not only is it super savory, but it is also light and nutritious at the same time.

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For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 1.5 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 1.5 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1-2 small peppers
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 whole cloves (optional)
  • 2 whole cardamom pods (optional)
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2-3 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk

Method

  1. You can cook Kitchari with the dal of your choice. Soak the daal a night before preparing it the next day.
  2. In a skillet, heat some oil. Then, put the cumin seed, mustard seed, ginger, serrano peppers, asafoetida, and tomatoes. Sauté them thoroughly. Then, add the dal. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add the water. Cardamom and clove may be added along with water at this stage as well. Boil the whole thing at a low flame for 15-20 minutes until the dal becomes soft.
  4. Then, add your cauliflower rice, the remaining spices, coconut amino, and seasoning and cook until the cauliflower rice is tender. Adding the coconut cream is optional for giving the Kitchari a thicker texture. Serve this sumptuous meal hot and fresh.

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3. Cauliflower Fried Rice

This cauliflower rice recipe is ideal for those who love Chinese cuisine. You would not feel any difference between this recipe and the one made with normal rice.

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This is a go-to meal for weekly meal prep. You can prepare cauliflower fried rice using chicken or otherwise.

The ingredients you need for this cauliflower fried rice are:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt
  • 5-6 chopped scallions, light and green parts separated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger, from a 1-inch knob
  • One 2 lb head cauliflower or pre-made cauliflower rice
  • 4-5 tablespoons soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian/toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews or peanuts

Method

  1. Just to give a heads up, grate the cauliflower in a food processor. You can use the box or hand-held grater instead. Skip this step if you are using pre-made cauliflower rice.
  2. Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat and scramble the eggs. Set them aside once done.
  3. Then, add some vegetable oil to a pan. Put in the scallions, garlic, and ginger. Cook them until they become soft, keeping in mind the garlic does not brown. Add the riced cauliflower, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook thoroughly.
  4. Include the peas and carrots. Cook it until the rice is soft yet fresh. Put the rice vinegar, sesame oil, dark green, scallions, nuts, and scrambled eggs. Then, after seasoning, serve hot.

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You may add chicken or any other meat in your cauliflower fried rice at an appropriate stage while cooking it. But, if you need a proper chicken-based recipe, we have got you covered.

For the chicken cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • Cauliflower
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Green onions
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Peas and carrots blend
  • Eggs
  • Soy sauce

Method

  1. In a large skillet, warm up 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil. Cook and flip after one side of the chicken are thoroughly cooked. Do so until the chicken is cooked through. Set aside and let it cool.
  2. Set over heat with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tbsp sesame oil in the pan. Sauté for some time after adding the green onions, ginger, and garlic. Sauté the cauliflower rice until soft. Add the peas and carrots. Cook until they are thawed.
  3. Set the mixture aside to one side of the pan. Add the remaining sesame oil to the center. Scramble the eggs and heat until set. Put the chicken. Pour the soy sauce over the rice. Stir for a minute or two. Chicken cauliflower fried rice is ready!

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4. Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers

Gluten-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened, this cauliflower rice recipe is not only different but also extremely delicious.

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For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

Cauliflower Rice 

  • 1 medium riced cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp olive or grapeseed oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 cup diced red, white, yellow, or green onion
  • 1 pinch each sea salt and black pepper

Peppers

  • 4 large red, yellow, or orange bell peppers (halved, seeds removed)
  • 1 15-ounce can of black or pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper

Method

  1. Before cooking, you must preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare an inch baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Dice the peppers into halves. Brush them using any oil at your disposal.
  2. Then, add oil, garlic (optional), onion, salt, and pepper to a skillet and cook the contents for 1 minute. Stir frequently. Add the priced cauliflower. Coat it thoroughly. Steam it for about 1 minute. Remove the pan and pour them into a mixing basin. The rice should not be cooked. While baking, the remainder will be taken care of. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Add the seasonings according to your requirement.
  3. Stuff the halved peppers with approximately 1/2 cup of the mixture until all peppers are full, then cover the dish with foil. Use the remaining stuffing in salads, if some remains.
  4. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and raise the temperature to 400 degrees F, then bake until peppers are soft and slightly golden brown. Bake more if you want the peppers to be softer. Serve with toppings you like.

You may serve it with lime juice, avocado, hot sauce, and cilantro. This is one of the cauliflower rice recipes perfect for parties or get-togethers.

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5. Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Mexican cuisine is known for its spiciness and tanginess. Many of us love it. With this cauliflower rice recipe, you will love Mexican food more than before.

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For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

Ground Turkey:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Cauliflower Rice:

  • 4 cups 16 oz cauliflower rice fresh or frozen
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded & diced
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 oz tomato paste low sodium
  • 1/2 cup water or low sodium stock
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tsp avocado oil

Method

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with some oil. After adding the ground turkey into the skillet, cook for around 7 minutes. Cut the turkey into small pieces with the help of a spatula and steer. Then, set it aside after seasoning.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic in the same skillet for 2 minutes. Continue to stir. Mix in the peppers. Cook for a while and stir occasionally. Then add the spices as well as the seasoning, tomato paste, and broth and mix them well.
  3. Add the cauliflower rice and the ground turkey. Cook it further for 2-3 minutes. Garnish it with cilantro.

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6. Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach

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For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable or meat broth
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6 ounces baby spinach

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and include the garlic. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  2. After putting the riced cauliflower, season with chili powder, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Combine thoroughly.
  3. Add lime juice, broth, and baby spinach and cook until all the liquid from the spinach is evaporated. Season and serve hot and crisp!

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7. Cauliflower Rice (Biryani-Style)

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For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, according to your requirement
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro (coriander)

Method

  1. Take a skillet and set it over medium-high heat. Put in the butter and let it melt.
  2. Then, add the cauliflower rice and garlic along with the spices as well as the seasoning. Cook and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is softened.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with lime wedges and cilantro.

This is super simple and extremely delicious!

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8. Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Foil Packs

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For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 4 cups frozen cauliflower rice (thawed)
  • 1 1/4 lbs large (21/25) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 ear corn, shucked and kernels cut from the cob, (or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1 (4oz) can of diced mild green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and light green portion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small avocado, sliced

Method

  1. Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat to 450 – 475 degrees. Add shrimp, cumin, and veggies to a mixing bowl. Season them and toss with diligence. Coat the contents properly.
  2. Distribute the shrimp mixture evenly among the foil sheets. Bring the foil sides inward, then fold them together twice to seal, then fold the ends up.
  3. Grill packets until shrimp is cooked through or turns pinkish. Open each packet diligently and garnish with the cilantro. Serve with avocado slices while still warm.

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9. Loaded Cauliflower Rice Casserole

For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 680 g Riced Cauliflower (thaw if frozen)
  • 30 g Butter, melted
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Chives
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 0.45 kg Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 339 g Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 230 g Sour Cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, add riced cauliflower, butter, garlic, chives, sour cream, 2 cups cheese, and bacon. Keep some bacon for garnishing. Season accordingly.
  2. Fill a casserole dish halfway with the mixture. Top it with cheese and bacon. Bake the whole thing in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese melts.

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10. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Among all the cauliflower rice recipes, this is the most unique. You would not find any difference between this cauliflower rice crust and the usual one. For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 2.5 lbs medium-large (6″–7″ wide) head of cauliflower 2 lbs of store-bought cauliflower rice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning or dried oregano/basil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese grated/shredded
  • Cooking spray

Method

  1. Preheat the oven at 375°F.
  2. Place cauliflower rice on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the cooked cauliflower rice from the oven and let it cool. Put the rice on a cheesecloth and squeeze as much liquid as possible.
  3. Increase the temperature of the oven to 450°F. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg for 10 seconds with the dried herbs and seasoning. Combine the cheese and the squeezed cauliflower rice.
  4. Line a new pan with parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray. Place the cauliflower pizza dough in the center and flatten it with your hands to form a thin pizza crust.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Then, turn and bake for a few minutes.
  6. Put your favorite toppings on the cauliflower rice pizza bake and bake until the cheese becomes golden brown.

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11. Keto Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Only 5 Ingredients!)

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Bored with the usual sandwich? Try this recipe. It is delicious and full of nutrients. For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • 1 medium cauliflower head, riced (the process in a food processor to get the “rice”)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 thick slices of white cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Microwave the riced cauliflower for 2 minutes on high. Remove it from the microwave, stir and put it back. Repeat this for 4 minutes. This will ensure that the cauliflower rice is nice and moist-free.
  2. Next, stir the egg, parmesan, and basil into the cauliflower rice. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet along with parchment paper.
  3. Divide the cauliflower bread mixture into four equal parts on a baking sheet. Bake until the top is golden brown. On a wire rack, cool the cauliflower bread slices.
  4. Then, put the cheese on top of two keto bread slices. Sandwich with the remaining bread slices and broil until golden brown. Serve warm and crispy.

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12. Greek-style Cauliflower Rice Salad

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This is the greenest of all the cauliflower rice recipes. For this cauliflower rice recipe, the ingredients you need are:

  • ½ cauliflower medium
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes 75g, or grape
  • 1 cup arugula 25g rocket, packed cup
  • ¼ cup parsley 6g, packed
  • 3 green onions
  • ¼ cup pitted olives 32g, sliced or whole then thickly sliced
  • ½ cup feta cheese 60g, broken into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

Method

  1. 1 tablespoon oil should be added to a microwaveable bowl or box. Cook for a while covered. Cool the content on a baking paper or a larger cooling bowl.
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half or quarters. Roughly chop the arugula, parsley, and green onions.
  3. Combine the olives and the above-mentioned ingredients in a mixing bowl. Combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, and feta. Mix thoroughly and serve fresh.

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Conclusion

These cauliflower rice recipes are hassle-free and equally delicious. Even if you are vegan or not, even you want gluten-free or not, cauliflower rice will not disappoint you, as you’ve seen. Do try them out! Whether for family, friends, or a large gathering, these cauliflower rice recipes will amaze everyone.

If you have tried these cauliflower rice recipes, share your experience in the comment section below. We hope you liked these 12 amazing cauliflower rice recipes. Do not hesitate to visit the websites linked here in this article for more recipe ideas for your dinner.

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