I have to admit it, I was very highly skeptical when it came time to make this simple cauliflower fried rice. Anita wanted a lower carbohydrate dish she could take for her lunches, and this is the one she picked. Well, my skepticism was unfounded, because it’s not just good, it’s great! By golly, I thought I was eating fried rice!
Making the ‘rice’ is easy. Just chop cauliflower florets fine, until they start to look like rice grains. A quick fry in hot oil, and boom! Cauliflower rice! Great as a side dish, simple cauliflower fried rice can be turned into a main dish in no time by adding cooked chicken.
Simple Cauliflower Fried Rice
- 1/2 head cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil divided
- 4 eggs beaten
- kosher salt
- ground black pepper
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cups carrots finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons ginger grated
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup peas frozen
- 2 cups chicken cooked, cooled, chopped (if serving as a main dish)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons green onions sliced
- 5 tablespoons cashews roasted
- Rough chop the cauliflower and place into a food processor. Pulse a few times until the cauliflower looks like tiny pieces of rice. Do not over process.
- Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower and saute for 5-10 minutes or until tender. Remove to a plate.
- Wipe the skillet clean and add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
- Add the eggs to the skillet, season and cook, stirring scramble for 3-5 minutes or until eggs are cooked through. Transfer eggs to a plate. Wipe the pan clean.
- Add the second tablespoon of sesame oil to the skillet. Add the onion and carrots, cooking for 5 or so minutes, until softened.
- Add the garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the riced cauliflower, frozen peas and diced chicken (if using) to the skillet and cook for another 5 minutes or until cauliflower rice is cooked through, but still is a bit crunchy.
- Add the egg back to the skillet, breaking it up as you stir. Add the soy sauce and stir.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds. green onion and cashews to garnish.
Nutritional values are approximate.