I’ve been on a low-carb roll these last few weeks with my recipes! This is the third recipe I experimented with during my low-carb diet phase. This Low-Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice was so delicious that I’d eat it any day even if I wasn’t on a diet. Honestly, out of all the fried rice meals I’ve ever made in my life time, this is probably the best one yet.
I chose simple ingredients for this recipe to ensure a quick and efficient meal. I didn’t want anything that required longer cooking so I opted for ready cooked ham for my choice of protein. It was a great choice because the extra salty flavor helped enhance the final taste of this dish and mixed great with the flavor of the soy sauce. Scrambled eggs were my second choice of protein in this dish because they fit the low-carb profile AND they are a must when you’re making any kind of fried rice. The rest of the ingredients consisted of mostly vegetables such as green onions, carrots, cabbage and, of course, cauliflower.
Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable. It’s the perfect choice when you’re trying to replace high-carb, starchy foods but don’t want to feel like you’re missing out. That’s exactly what you get with this recipe because the cauliflower has such a similar consistency to white rice that you might not even notice a difference. And you won’t feel like you’re just eating a salad with some soy sauce on it. ;P
The main thing you’ll need to make your own fresh cauliflower rice is some kind of food processor. I always use the Ninja Chopper in my household (I included a product link below for those interested). If you have a large head of cauliflower, you might have to process it in batches depending on how big of a food processor you have.
WASHING THE CAULIFLOWER
First, you’ll wash your cauliflower thoroughly. It’s preferable to break the cauliflower apart into smaller florets before washing to get a more accurate cleaning. You can then add the florets to a colander and wash them under cold running water for a few minutes. Make sure to dry your cauliflower thoroughly before processing it because any extra liquid will cause sogginess in your cauliflower rice. I suggest first dabbing the florets dry of as much water as possible with a kitchen towel, and then placing them on a second towel to continue air drying for about 15-30 minutes.
PROCESSING THE CAULIFLOWER
Once the cauliflower is thoroughly dry, you can start processing it into rice. Put as many cauliflower florets as you can fit into your food processor and “pulse” a few times until you reach the desired consistency. It should have a “rice-like” look and texture as you can see from the pictures. I was able to yield about 5 ½ cups of cauli-rice from a standard large head of cauliflower. It’s okay if you get a little more or a little less. The recipe will still come together just fine!
I’m really excited with the results of this recipe because it combines my love of fried rice with my desire to eat healthier. It’s encouraging to know that I don’t have to sacrifice some of my favorite dishes thanks to amazing low-carb substitutions such as cauliflower! I hope this Low-Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice helps some of you stay on track with your health and fitness goals as well. Enjoy!
My name is Renee McGinley and I'm a self-taught cook, constantly learning as I go. Please check out my About Me page for more on my recipe motto and cooking style.