Cauliflower Fried Rice

Let me state the obvious: I’m from the Philippines and I love rice. Rice (specifically white Jasmine) is a staple and is served at almost every Filipino meal. Growing up I remember eating it almost every night, and never thought twice about it. Sometime around high school we switched to brown rice, which was our attempt to be a little healthier. But as I’ve gotten olden (and as my metabolism has come to a screeching halt) I’ve had to reevaluate my rice consumption and come up with creative ways to use substitutes. 

Recently I saw a package of Riced Cauliflower from Trader Joe’s. And it looked so much like actual rice so I grabbed a bag. (You can find it in the refrigerated produce section.) 

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I’d heard about using cauliflower for fried “rice” before but everything I had seen involved grating a whole cauliflower and that seemed like too much work. I am so glad I gave cauliflower a try because this recipe is such a good hack for traditional fried rice. Both rice and cauliflower have basically no taste – they take on the flavors of whatever they are cooked with. So give this recipe a shot and you’ll see that the taste and consistency of this Cauliflower Fried Rice is spot on!

Ingredients

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How to make it

Start by cooking the bacon to your desired level of crispiness. I tend to chop the bacon into small pieces, then fry until crisp. You can also bake it, then chop after it’s cooked. Put the cooked bacon on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

Heat a wok over medium high heat. Add sesame oil. Then add garlic, onions, and ground ginger. Stir to cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

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Add riced cauliflower, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes. Add defrosted vegetables and stir occasionally for another minute.

Make a well in the middle of the wok and add the beaten eggs. Stir the eggs in the middle of the well for a few seconds then toss all the veggies with the eggs and stir occasionally until they’re cooked (about 2 minutes).

Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sriracha to veggies. Stir to combine.

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Finally, turn off the heat. Add the cooked bacon and stir to combine. 

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Top w/sesame seeds and green onions. Then, enjoy it without any of the guilt!

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This recipe is a perfectly delicious, healthy, and fast alternative to traditional fried rice!
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Serves 4
A delicious, fast, and healthy alternative to traditional fried rice!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound Riced Cauliflower (see note below)
  2. 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  3. ½ sweet onion, diced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  6. 2 beaten eggs
  7. 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  8. 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  9. 1 teaspoon Sriracha (add more for more spice)
  10. 1 cup frozen vegetable mix: corn, peas, carrots, green beans (defrosted and drained of excess water)
  11. 6 oz uncured bacon, chopped & fried
  12. Green onions & sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon to your desired crispiness. Put on paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Heat a wok over medium high heat. Add sesame oil. Then add garlic, onions, and ground ginger. Stir to cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add riced cauliflower, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes. Add defrosted vegetables and stir occasionally for another minute.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the wok and add the beaten eggs. Stir the eggs in the middle of the well for a few seconds then toss all the veggies with the eggs and stir occasionally until they’re cooked (about 2 minutes).
  5. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sriracha to veggies. Stir to combine.
  6. Finally, turn off the heat. Add the cooked bacon and stir to combine. Top w/sesame seeds and green onions.
Notes
  1. You can find riced cauliflower at Trader Joe's. If you can't find it, get a medium-sized head of cauliflower. You can rice it with a cheese grater or chop it into smaller pieces and throw into a food processor.
  2. Tip: You can leave the bacon out for a vegetarian meal!
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4 thoughts on “Cauliflower Fried Rice

  1. I’ve always have a thing for rice. This looks delicious and so healthy!!
    Thanks for the recipe. Now I have to go to Trader Joe to grab a bag of cauliflower rice

    1. So do I, Amy! I think this is a nice little alternative to keep it healthy from time to time 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  2. All is know is that sometime between maybe last year and this very moment I’ve become completely obsessed with the idea and practice of piling a bunch of foods in a bowl and calling it all fun bowl names.

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