Go Back Email Link
+ servings
Whole cauliflower against a white background
Print Recipe
4.28 from 11 votes

How To Make Cauliflower Rice

A popular low-carb alternative to regular white or brown rice, cauliflower rice is a great basic recipe you can easily make at home.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Anytime
Keyword: cauliflower rice, how to make cauliflower rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 65kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil of choice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove the green leaves from the cauliflower and set them aside (see the notes for tips on what to do with them.)
  • Using a sharp knife, remove the stem from the cauliflower, cut off any gnarly bits and chop into thick matchsticks.
  • Cut the rest of cauliflower head into evenly sized florets.

Blender or Food Processor

  • In batches (the size of your machine will determine how much you can get in there, but don't fill it more than 1 layer deep) pulse in one-second bursts until the cauliflower resembles grains of rice. 
  • Use a tamper to push down or a spatula to scrape the sides as needed. I use this food processor.

Chopping with a Chef's Knife

  • Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the cauliflower florets into small 1-inch pieces. Then chop into smaller grain-sized pieces until you have worked your way through the whole batch.

Box Grater

  • If you don't have a food processor or a good knife, then use the largest holes on a box grater to grate the cauliflower until it resembles grains of rice.

To Saute/Stir Fry

  • Heat a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add in 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice or butter and sauté the cauliflower rice until tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Season to your liking.


Uncooked cauliflower rice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a day.
Cooked cauliflower will last a bit longer in the fridge than when it is uncooked. Store cooked cauliflower rice in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Raw cauliflower rice can be frozen and stored in the freezer in an airtight container or ziploc bag for about a month.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg