Cauliflower rice is an amazing low carb rice alternative - but it's also so much more than that. The dish is also a perfect way to get more vegetables into your diet and to make meal times a bit more interesting.
These cauliflower rice recipes also show that the rice alternative doesn't have to be boring. Instead, it can be filled with flavor and set the tone for your entire meal.
We've recently updated the list to include even more fantastic recipes.
Go ahead, check them out! Don't forget to tell us your favorites in the comments section.
Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice
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This Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice is also keto, paleo and vegan, making it suitable for many different people. But, the real star here is the flavor profile. As Richa highlights, the finished dish doesn't taste like cauliflower at all. Instead, it simply tastes amazing, especially once you get the tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapenos in there.
If all that wasn't enough, the meal also looks stunning in the bowl. It would be a great recipe to impress guests with, even if they're not convinced about cauliflower rice.
Mushroom Cauliflower 'Rice' Skillet Recipe
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Where do I start with this Mushroom Cauliflower 'Rice' Skillet Recipe? Well, for one thing, it's an easy dish to make, taking just 20 minutes from start to finish. The recipe can also be made in a single pan, so there is very little cleanup to worry about. It also takes advantage of some pretty great flavors, particularly the mushrooms.
The choice of ingredients also makes this powerful as a main meal. Mushrooms might not contain as much protein as meat but they still offer some protein and can be satisfying. Finally, the meal works for many diets, including vegan, paleo and even Whole30.
Low Carb Rice Pudding
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This Low Carb Rice Pudding is a creative use of cauliflower rice, making it a perfect addition to the roundup. The recipe is a simple one and a good choice for first thing in the morning, or as a dessert. The carbs are low enough to make this a keto recipe as well.
You could also mix in any flavorings that you would normally include in a rice pudding. The end result isn't exactly the same, of course. But, this recipe is a fantastic way to include an old favorite in your diet.
Turmeric Cauliflower Rice
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We often feature turmeric in articles and this Turmeric Cauliflower Rice is an unusual way to include it in your diet regularly. The turmeric adds a wonderful flavor to the cauliflower rice, making it much more interesting than normal. The choice of toppings also works exceptionally well and makes the dish really stand out.
Easy Asiago Cauliflower Rice
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The best thing about this Easy Asiago Cauliflower Rice is how easy it is to prepare. The recipe only uses three ingredients and takes around 15 minutes to make. This one is best as a side dish and wouldn't have enough protein for a full meal. Still, it's only 3.4 net grams per serving, making it a good low-carb choice.
Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
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Bowl-based meals always work so well. They give you so much flexibility and they're typically easy to prepare. This Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl is no exception to those rules. The main difference is that it relies on cauliflower rice, which isn't a bad thing. The meal also looks amazing on the plate, while giving you all the flavors that Mexican food has to offer.
Keto Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice
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Needless to say, this Keto Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice is keto-friendly. But, it would also be a good side dish for any type of diet and the perfect way to increase your vegetable intake. Don't be fooled by the simple appearance either, this isn't a bland dish at all. Instead, it has some surprising sources of flavor that make it come alive.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice Casserole
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Here's another slightly different one - Mexican Cauliflower Rice Casserole. It's fairly uncommon to find cauliflower rice used in a casserole, but the idea seems to work exceptionally well. It would also be a good choice if you're serving multiple people or if you want leftovers.
In fact, Megan mentions that the leftovers can keep for up to a week in the fridge. That's reason enough to give this recipe a try.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
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This Cauliflower Fried Rice might sound like a simpler recipe but it's still an extremely appealing one. The recipe basically mimics regular fried rice, while producing a meal that is much healthier than normal. Don't worry. The finished recipe tastes great too and there are plenty of amazing flavors included.
Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Chicken Casserole
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I love this Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Chicken Casserole recipe for so many reasons. It's always nice to see a cauliflower rice dish that is simply different - and the casserole style always works so well. I can't help thinking that this would be a great meal to feed a hungry family. There's plenty of nutrition to be had, especially as the dish includes broccoli, cauliflower and chicken.
Keto Mexican Cauliflower Rice
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This Keto Mexican Cauliflower Rice is another recipe that takes advantage of Mexican flavors. Honestly though, that's not too surprising. The flavor profiles seem to work well together, especially as some people don't enjoy the taste of cauliflower on its own.
Besides, the finished dish looks fantastic in the bowl. You could also change some of the ingredients to match your own preferences.
Golden Cauliflower Rice
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Golden Cauliflower Rice is a fun dish if you want something stunning for the dinner table. The recipe is also a versatile one. You could easily use it as a side dish or add in some protein to make it more filling. The recipe also works for many different diets, including vegan, dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free and Whole30. There are also substitutions listed if you want to make an AIP version.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
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If you're a fan of cilantro, then this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is a great dish to try out. It comes from A Saucy Kitchen, which is a site I've only just discovered and absolutely love. All of the recipes are vegan and gluten-free, making it a perfect side for many people. This particular recipe is also paleo, Whole30 and low-carb, which just adds to the versatility.
As for the recipe itself, Sarah uses some great flavors to make the meal more interesting than just cilantro and lime. There are even some unexpected additions in there. But, don't worry, the whole dish comes together nicely.
Roasted Cauliflower Rice
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This Roasted Cauliflower Rice is probably the simplest recipe on this list, although that isn't a bad thing. After all, cauliflower has an interesting flavor of its own. You don't need to completely bury that flavor to get a nice dish. This recipe also works well if you're just learning how to make cauliflower rice, as the author uses a slightly different approach than many of the other recipes on this list.
10 Minute Healthy Cauliflower Rice
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This 10 Minute Healthy Cauliflower Rice is another visually stunning dish to try. I particularly love how fast and easy it is to prepare. This would be the perfect side dish to many different meals. You could even eat it on its own.
What's more, the combination of flavors and textures makes it hard to even tell that this is cauliflower, rather than regular rice. It could be the perfect way to introduce someone to cauliflower rice, especially if they're not convinced about the idea.
Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice
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This Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice is great if you want something a little unusual for your dinner table. The first difference is the spices. They give the dish a great color and do wonders for the flavor profile as well. The recipe also uses more coarsely chopped cauliflower than many of the others. Of course, you could chop the cauliflower more finely if you wanted to.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
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If you like flavor filled meals, check out this Mexican Cauliflower Rice. It makes such an engaging dish, one that's perfect if you want to impress company. The choice of flavors is particularly good. The end result is a meal you're not going to forget any time soon.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
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If you want a good keto option, you can't go wrong with this Cauliflower Fried Rice. The most interesting thing has to be the presentation. In fairness, you could do this with most of the recipes on the list - but I just love the way that this one has turned out.
The recipe itself makes good use of flavors and textures to create something that truly tastes engaging. You don't have to worry about this being less appealing than conventional fried rice either. You might even prefer this version.
Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice
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Many cauliflower rice recipes are vegetarian but this Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice breaks that 'rule'. The recipe is a little different in other ways too, which simply means that you should try it out. The use of pork also means that this is a fairly high protein meal, which should make it satisfying. You could simply serve this on its own and it would be more than enough for a meal.
Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice
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If you want a different combination of flavors, look no further than this Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice. The dish may look typical but there are a few interesting flavor choices that really make it come alive.
The page also includes various tips and tricks about making cauliflower rice, to ensure you get the best possible result. Honestly, the recipe is worth checking out for that information alone.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
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This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is the second recipe on the list that uses the same flavor combination. But, that's not a bad thing. Flavors tend to get repeated because they work together so well and that's precisely what happens here. You end up with a very simple meal (or side dish) with some great flavors.
In fact, the author describes this as a Tex-Mex flavor profile and I'd tend to agree. Either way, it's a good recipe to try out, especially if you're looking for something easy to prepare.
Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice
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This Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice might seem simple - but that doesn't stop it being an appealing side dish. The simplicity is also a good thing, as it means you can pair this with many other meals, or simply eat it on its own. As the name suggests, this is a cheesy and garlicky dish. It also relies on butter, so the end result is much creamier than some of the other items on this list.
But, don't take my word for it, try the dish out for yourself.
Indian Cauliflower Rice
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I love the way this Indian Cauliflower Rice looks in the pan. There is such a great combination of shapes and colors. The ingredients would also make this a very filling dish, with some interesting textures. What’s not to love? Oh, and it’s also a very easy meal to prepare, taking around ten minutes or so from start to finish.
20 Minute Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
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This 20 Minute Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry is another fast dish that you can try out. As you can probably guess from the image, the recipe uses Asian-inspired flavors. The marinated tofu is an options component. You could leave that out if you’re not a fan of tofu. But, it sounds amazing, so I’d recommend trying the recipe as a whole at least once.
Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice
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Rice is typically excluded on a paleo diet. So, recipes like this Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice are a perfect way to get the flavors and texture that you’ve missed, while still following the paleo approach. The dish is also packed with veggies. This makes it a great side dish, giving you all your vegetables in one go.
The recipe has also received a ton of positive comments – suggesting that it truly is a winner.
Parmesan Pesto Cauliflower Rice
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This Parmesan Pesto Cauliflower Rice has such a fun combination of flavors. I love this aspect because many cauliflower rice recipes are pretty similar to each other. The recipe is also a fairly simple one. Most of the work goes into making the pesto, rather than the rice. You could potentially use store-bought pesto instead, although homemade is always better.
Paleo Spicy Korean Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice
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Here’s a fun recipe to try - Paleo Spicy Korean Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice. The name is a bit of a mouthful, but it works perfectly with the recipe. For this one, the ground beef is the main focus. That’s where all of the flavors are centered. The cauliflower rice simply makes a nice contrast, bringing the whole dish together well.
Stir-Fry Cauliflower 'Rice' with Tofu and Vegetables
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If you’re a vegan, this Stir-Fry Cauliflower 'Rice' with Tofu and Vegetables recipe is a great one to try out. The inclusion of tofu makes this a higher protein dish than normal. It also means you could easily have this as a main meal, rather than on the side. As the color suggests, this recipe is also full of flavor, which is one more reason to try it out.
Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower 'Rice'
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Cilantro and lime seem to be a common flavor for cauliflower rice and this Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower 'Rice' recipe is another example. But, the recipe is unusual too. It is packed with many more flavors and ingredients than you might expect, including black beans, tomatoes and corn. The finished meal looks fantastic on the plate and would taste amazing too.
Cilantro Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
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Speaking of cilantro, here is another Cilantro Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice recipe. Even so, the meal is quite different. For one thing, the cilantro lime flavor applies to the chicken, not to the cauliflower rice. The post is also video-based and focuses on meal prep concepts. It’s easy to see why too. The finished meal would reheat easily. It’s also a great source of nutrients and protein.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Rice
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This Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Rice is a very simple cauliflower recipe – but it’s one that you shouldn’t skip past. The use of parmesan cheese simply works so well, especially when combined with the herbs. This is a great way to get cauliflower into your diet regularly. The recipe would also be perfect for a simple side dish or even just as a snack.
Whole30 Fried Cauliflower Rice
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If you’re on a paleo or a Whole30 diet, this Whole30 Fried Cauliflower Rice is a fun choice. It can be made in roughly 20 minutes and uses an interesting combination of flavors. The real star of the dish is homemade Asian sauce. This would taste so much better than anything you get from the store and isn’t difficult to make either.