How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Have you tried homemade cauliflower rice yet? It's all the rage on the healthy food scene. Swap cauliflower rice in for less-healthful white rice to up the nutritional profile of your recipes. Here we'll show you our favorite method for how to make cauliflower rice.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice: Roast It

For the most flavor, make roasted cauliflower rice:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets.
  • Process florets in a food processor until the size of rice.
  • Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with oil and desired seasonings.
  • Roast at 425 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

Use roasted cauliflower rice in this DIY Burrito Bowl recipe.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice: Boil It

For mild flavor, boil califlower to make cauliflower rice:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets.
  • Combine florets, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 30 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender. Stir occasionally and add water, if needed.
  • Uncover and cook 5 minutes more or until water is evaporated.
  • Mash cauliflower with a fork or use a food processor until the size of rice.

Use boiled cauliflower rice in this Cauliflower Rice Cakes recipe.

 

How to Make Cauliflower Rice: Skillet-Cook It

For mild flavor and quick cooking time, make cauliflower rice by cooking it in a skillet:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets.
  • Process florets in a food processor until the size of rice.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the cauliflower and desired seasonings. 
  • Cook cauliflower 8 to 10 minutes until you see some pieces beginning to brown.

Use skillet-cooked cauliflower rice in this Orange Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice recipe. (We used purple cauliflower here.)

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