If you find yourself asking What is Riced Broccoli, then look no further! Riced Broccoli is a great grain free alternative to serve up with your next meal. It is easy, versatile, gluten free, paleo, whole 30 compliant and just delicious. Plus it is a fantastic way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables for big or little people. Find out how to make it and serve it in my step by step instructions.
Have you guys tried out Riced Broccoli yet? I know the whole cauliflower rice thing has been all over the internet for the past year or so, but while I was at Trader Joes last week I noticed they now stock broccoli rice. I was tired and looking for an easy out for dinner, and bought the bag of pre-riced stuff. Sometimes you just gotta go with what’s easy, right?
Well, EVERYONE loved it! It was so quick to cook up (it cooks in 6 minutes, so even faster than throwing normal rice in the rice cooker). AND I didn’t have to fight with the kids to eat their greens, because ‘green rice‘ is apparently beyond awesome!!
The next night I made it again, but riced it myself. Let me tell you, we are officially hooked!
So…What is Riced Broccoli and What Do I Do With It?
Well it’s just that. Broccoli that has been prepared in a manner so that it resembles rice. You simply cut it into florets and then chop it finely or throw it in a blender or food processor and whizz until it resembles rice.
I use this for my ricing (and so many other) needs:
Broccoli rice is:
- low carb;
- whole 30 compliant;
- gluten free;
- fiber rich;
- nutrient rich, containing everything from vitamin C, E, K, to folate, calcium, potassium, omega 3, 6 fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber;
- a great alternative to grains.
How Should I Serve Up My Riced Broccoli?
Try serving it up in place of your normal rice in:
- fried rice;
- rice salads;
- salad bowls like this brown rice sesame bowl (just switch the rice for riced broccoli);
- in these broccoli and feta fritters;
- In this pesto broccoli rice from My Sequined Life.
Or this is my absolute favorite way to enjoy:
And get this, you can even freeze it too! So, if you happen to overcommit with the Costco sized broccoli (you too?), you can blend it up, pop it in a ziploc and store that stuff in the freezer until needed. How could you say no?
Have you tried riced broccoli yet? What is your favorite way to serve it up? I love hearing from you, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you went. Happy Eating.
If you find yourself asking What is Riced Broccoli, then look no further! Riced Broccoli is a great grain free alternative to serve up with your next meal. It is easy, versatile, and just delicious. Plus it serves as a fantastic way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables for big or little people. Win.
- 2 heads broccoli
- 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, for cooking
- salt and pepper to taste
Cut the broccoli heads into large florets and peel the outer layer off the stem and cut into chunks
In batches (the size of your machine will determine how much you can get in there, but don't fill it more than 3/4 full) pulse in one second bursts until the broccoli resembles grains of rice.
Use a tamper to push down or a spatula to scrape the sides as needed. I use this food processor.
Use a chef’s knife to cut the broccoli florets into small 1-inch pieces. Then chop into smaller grain sized pieces, keeping some of the florets intact.
If you don't have a food processor or a good knife, then use the largest holes on a box grater to grate the broccoli until it resembles grains of rice.
Add 1 inch of water to the bottom of a saucepan with lid. Add in the broccoli and turn the stove top to high heat. Pop the lid on the pan and allow to steam for 3 minutes, remove from heat, strain and serve.
Heat a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add in 1 tbsp cooking oil of choice or butter and sauté the broccoli rice until tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season to your liking.
To freeze store uncooked rice broccoli in large ziploc bags. Allow to thaw and then cook as directed. You can also store it in the freezer after it has been cooked but you may need to stir-fry it once thawed to remove excess moisture.