Learn how to make cauliflower rice with and without a food processor! In a few simple steps, you will have a healthy, low-carb, paleo alternative to rice that can be used in a variety of ways, in just about any dish that calls for grains, like rice or quinoa.
How to rice cauliflower
What you’ll need
Cauliflower: Look for a firm unblemished white head with compact florets. The outer leaves should be green and fairly fresh looking. The larger the cauliflower, the more rice you’ll get.
Oil: Just a bit of heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil is needed for sautéing. If you prefer, you can also cook the “rice” with a bit of butter and/or another oil of your choice. Avocado oil is another great option.
Salt and pepper: Simple seasoning that enhances the flavour of the “rice”. You can add other seasonings that you like, too.
Prepare the cauliflower
Before you proceed with the methods below, prepare the cauliflower by:
- Wash the whole head and thoroughly dry it.
- Remove all the green parts and discard them.
- Cut the cauliflower in half and remove the core.
- If you’re using a box grater, chop it into large chunks.
- If you’re using a food processor, chop it into small florets.
How to make cauliflower rice using a grater
Grated cauliflower rice is fairly quick and easy, so if you don’t have a food processor, no problem. Just grate large chunks of cauliflower into rice using the medium-large-sized holes (the side commonly used to grate cheese) of any hand-held or box grater.
This method is a little messier than using a food processor, but it’s also handy if you don’t have one or don’t feel like getting yours out. It also works well if you only need a small amount of cauliflower rice.
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