How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Learn how to make cauliflower rice with this easy recipe! It's a yummy, nutritious substitute for regular rice in bowls, stir fries, burritos, and more.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice! It’s seems like it’s everywhere and in everything, so I thought I would take a few minutes to “dive deep” on this phenomenon, especially because I keep using it, and now I can just link to this post in future recipes 🙂

So what is it? It’s simply cauliflower pulsed in a food processor until it forms into granules that are about the size of rice. Is it as good as rice? Not on its own, but it’s a great starting point health-wise and texture-wise. When it’s seasoned well and used in a recipe with other great flavors and textures going on, it IS delicious and you’ll feel great about getting more vegetables into your day!

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Stores often sell “riced” cauliflower in bags, but I prefer to make it myself because you never know how fresh those things are! Plus, it’s SO easy to make… here’s how I do it:

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

  1. Cut the cauliflower into chunks, including the cores.
  2. Place into a food processor.
  3. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles the texture of rice. Work in batches, if necessary, and be careful not to over-process or it’ll get mushy.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

After your cauliflower is “riced,” you can use it plain and raw in any recipe that calls for cauliflower rice. Follow the directions in that specific recipe.

If you plan to use your cauliflower rice as a side dish without a recipe, or if you want to sub it for regular rice, I recommend lightly cooking and seasoning it to take off the raw, often bitter, bite. See specific instructions in the recipe below.

How to Cook Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice Recipes

Here are some of my favorite recipes that either use cauliflower rice, or would be delicious with cauliflower rice in place of the regular rice:

Cauliflower Rice Recipes

If you love this cauliflower rice recipe…

Try roasting cauliflower or adding it to soup, pasta, or mashed potatoes next! Or check out this post for more of my best cauliflower recipes.

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How to Make Cauliflower Rice

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Learn how to make cauliflower rice with this easy recipe! It's excellent in healthy stir fries, burrito bowls, fried rice, and more.
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: about 6 cups
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
For seasoned cauliflower rice:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • just of ½ lime
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make sure your cauliflower is fully dry. Chop the cauliflower into large pieces. You can include the cores, but discard the leaves or save for another use. Place the cauliflower pieces in a food processor and pulse until it has the texture of rice. Work in batches if necessary and don’t over process or it will get mushy. Use this raw cauliflower rice in any recipe that calls specifically for cauliflower rice. Continue following that recipe’s instructions.
  2. If you plan to use your cauliflower rice without a recipe (or if you want to sub cauliflower rice for regular rice), I recommend lightly cooking it and seasoning it to take off the raw bite. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the scallions and cauliflower and sauté until heated through, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice to help remove any bitterness from the raw cauliflower.


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  1. Mimi from

    I love food processors!

  2. Gaby Dalkin

    Everyone needs this recipe in their life!!

  3. Thilo from

    I made this today and it was so delicious!

    Best regards from the hotels in Italy

  4. Talita

    I made it with my boyfriend to do some variations on our luch, and it is amazing!
    Thank you very much!

  5. Gerri

    This rice is awesome!
    I have to say I was sceptical at first as my hubby and I have never tried cauliflower rice.
    I doubled up on the lime. Put 1 whole lime 5 scallions, 2 coves of garlic and about half cup of chopped cilantro.
    saved it with steamed chicken with chopped fresh ginger! Yummy!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Gerri, I’m so glad you both loved the cauliflower rice!

  6. cake lover

    awesome recipe its really new recipe for me i like it

  7. June

    Made this tonight but used onion powder. Put my liver & onions with almond flour gravy over it. Delish!,

  8. Bev

    My family loves this! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  9. Fit Food Wizard

    I love cauliflower rice with any kind of meat or even tofu. I will try out your recipe with scallions too, thank you!

  10. Diane

    Hi new cook here. I do not have a food processor will a blender work? How long should it take?

    Thank you.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Diane, a blender won’t work because it’ll puree it before it turns into rice shapes. A food processor is best for this recipe.

      • Elizabeth

        You could just use a cheese grater and it will work fine.

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          that’s a great idea!

    • Kayla Reign

      You can go to the fresh vegetable are and find chopped cauliflower. All you gotta do is cook it. The hard part is already done for you =) hope this helps

  11. Juanita

    How long will riced cauliflower last?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      about 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

  12. Joshua Howard

    Hi! Two days ago I made it and it was the best cauliflower rice I’ve ever tried! Thank you for posting this!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Joshua, I’m so glad you loved it!

  13. Beth Carpenter

    Can lemon juice be used instead of lime when preparing cauliflower rice? Thanks

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yep! I would do 1/2 to 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (to taste).

  14. Linda

    Hi, which blade is best for this? Thank you!

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