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This tasty low-carb side dish will knock your socks off with how yummy it is! Cauliflower rice will be your new go-to healthy side dish!

Once you’ve made this rice, you can and should try other cauliflower recipes like Cauliflower Casserole, Mashed Cauliflower, and Buffalo Cauliflower.

Cauliflower Rice on a blue plate

A rice alternative

You might be thinking, what is cauliflower rice? It’s a light and fluffy alternative to regular white rice. Plus it’s packed with nutrients and vitamins.

Healthy? Check! Delicious? Check! Easy to make? Yes! If this is your first time making it yourself, this is the perfect recipe to start with.

If you’ve never tried it, you definitely should! You will not miss the white rice, I promise. This veggie rice might even become your new favorite side dish recipe. It tastes delish as an alternative in recipes like in our Cauliflower Fried Rice.

Cauliflower rice is one of those foods that you can pretty much eat an unlimited amount. It’s that healthy for you! It’s great for all of those paleo, low-cal, gluten-free lifestyles out there!

A Few Ingredients

Just a few ingredients are needed to make this easy cauliflower rice:

  • cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

In just 10 minutes you can make this cauliflower rice to go on the side with so many dinner dishes.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

  1. BLEND. Cut your cauliflower into large chunks and put them into a food processor (you can use a blender, but we think the food processor works better). Pulse the cauliflower until it’s broken down into rice-sized pieces. You’re over halfway done.
  2. COOK. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into the skillet and heat it up. Throw in the cauliflower rice, salt, and pepper and stir it around a bit. Cover the skillet and cook the rice until it’s heated through. This will only take about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
    • To roast: just spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet, drizzle with oil, salt and pepper and back for 20 minutes at 425.
    • To freeze: add it to a freezer bag and lay it flat in the freezer. And then to reheat, we add it to a pot and cook until heated through. You may need to add a little extra oil if needed. You can also microwave the rice.
Riced Cauliflower in a skillet

How to Use Cauliflower Rice

In any recipe that you use rice, you can almost always use riced cauliflower. We love to use it in soups and especially love to enjoy it as a side dish to many of our chicken recipes. In fact, here are some of our favorite dishes we serve over this riced cauliflower:

Use in a soup. Instead of using regular white or instant rice, just use cauliflower rice for a more healthy, but still hearty and flavorful addition.

Use to make pizza crust! It’s really yummy. You can even do a version of mashed ‘potatoes’ with it. Possibilities are endless!

Cauliflower Rice on a blue plate

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5 from 8 votes

Cauliflower Rice Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This tasty low-carb side dish will knock your socks off with how yummy it is! Cauliflower rice will be your new go-to healthy side dish!
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes


  • 1 lg cauliflower cut into lg chunks
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
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  • Place cauliflower chunks in a food processor and pulse until broken down into rice-size pieces. 
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; add cauliflower ‘rice’, salt, and pepper. Cover skillet and cook until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff ‘rice’ with a fork.


Calories: 41kcal, Fat: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    I actually enjoy all dishes made with cauliflower. So tasty and light in nature. Never have been dissapointed.

  2. Kristi says:

    5 stars
    What a siMple Recipe and easy to snaek into Dishes that Id normally use white rice for. My kids couldNT even tell.

  3. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    I love the option of cauliflower rice! It’s so light & fluffy & guilt free!

  4. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    5 stars
    This couldn’t look any more perfect! So vibrant, healthy and yummy!

  5. Jamielyn says:

    5 stars
    Love cauliflower rice! Can be used so many different ways!

  6. Kara Cook says:

    5 stars
    I made a relish tray for a church activity last night and have a bunch of cauliflower left over. I’ll have to give this a try!

  7. Billy says:

    5 stars
    Love cauliflower rice! There is so much you can do with it and it’s such a great healthy alternative. Looks awesome!

  8. Anna says:

    5 stars
    I am obsessed with cauliflower rice! So good and tasty!