Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have never been a fan of fried rice, but lately, I think I’m addicted. Not just original fried rice of course, and you guessed it: Fried “Cauli Rice” or Cauliflower Fried Rice. Whatever it’s called, there is no actual rice in this, and the grain is replaced by grated or pulsed cauliflower, making this an ultra healthy meal.

As I have mentioned in my previous post on Cauliflower Crust Pizza, we have been going through kilos of Cauliflowers lately. And of all the recipes, the fried rice is the simplest and quickest, perfect for a busy lifestyle or pure laziness when I’m recuperating from my weekend gigs. In fact, I’m quite happy to have it few days in a row, just changing around the ingredients to keep it exciting.

Traditionally, fried rice is made with whatever you have sitting in your fridge (at least the homecooked versions are), and it’s generally quite a quick dish. However, with cauliflower rice, the total cooking time is reduced dramatically. Just pulse, chop ingredients, fry everything together and voila! Your lunch/dinner is served.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

It’s entirely up to you what you want to put in the Fried Cauli Rice. I generally add a couple of other vegetables, bacon (or omit for vegetarian if Frank is joining me for the meal), and of course an egg or two would be essential. As for the seasoning, I either stick to just a sprinkling of salt and pepper, or a dash of fish sauce. Sometimes I even throw in some spices for a curried version. It’s extremely versatile.

Love the colours! Eating the rainbow is good for you.

Cauliflower Fried Rice (for 1)
150g Cauliflower
1 clove of Garlic, minced
1 stick Celery, diced
2 Strips of Streaky Bacon, chopped
1 Egg
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
1 teaspoon Fish Sauce*
1 Chili Padi, chopped

Cut or tear the florets by hand, remove excess moisture and pulse in food processor or blender until resembling rice. If you don’t have either of those, you could also grate, or finely dice by knife.

Add bacon pieces into a pan and turn on the heat (generally no oil is needed for this dish, but feel free to use a tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil if not using a non-stick pan), cook bacon until slightly brown.

Add garlic and celery and stir fry for a minute until fragrant, then push everything aside.

Beat egg and pour into the pan and cook until just set. Break up into small pieces and push aside.

Add “Cauli rice” and mix everything together. Cover the lid for 2-3 minutes until Cauli rice is tender. Season to taste before turning off the heat. Sprinkle chili on top. Serve hot.

*If strict Paleo, use Red Boat Fish Sauce or Coconut Aminos.


It’s possible to enjoy a delicious meal and feel good too. The dish above was my lunch yesterday, and today I had another version with Purple cabbage and Mushrooms, which added an extra touch of colour.

Mmm… *Pat Stomach*

Have I convinced you to give Cauliflower rice a try yet? 😉

8 Comments Add yours

  1. so colourful fried rice.

  2. Phong Hong says:

    Kelly, I have tried cauliflower fried rice and it is a God send! I have also eaten the one served at The Salad Bar. Pretty good except that I would prefer if they left out the ginger.

  3. i am intrigued! would love to try it some day!

    i saw a youtuber used cauliflower as a crust base of a pizza! interesting too!

    1. kellysiew says:

      I posted a cauliflower crust pizza recipe not long ago too, I make the pizza almost once a week!

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  5. agentcikay says:

    very healthy indeed.. i’d definitely give it a try.. unless i am running far.. in which case I would need to eat rice 😛 hehe

  6. Maggie Joint says:

    I like cauliflower! Eat it a lit! Thanks for recipe!)
    This is my favourite – Cauliflower buffalo bites Delicious!

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