Since I’m now pretty much cauliflower’s biggest fan, and found it such a good replacement for bread in my cauliflower pizza, I thought I’d see how it held up as an alternative to a different carb – rice! I’ve seen cauliflower rice all over the web, but rather than serve it plain, I decided to use it in one of my favourite rice dishes, and make cauliflower fried rice.
Another roaring success.
Cauliflower can literally do no wrong in my eyes at the moment.
Cauliflower rice is basically just raw cauliflower whizzed up in a food processor until it resembles rice – it only takes a few seconds. Then you can steam it or sauté it however you please. Because it’s just 100% vegetable, I wasn’t expecting it to be remotely similar to ‘real’ rice – I thought it might be one of those things that looks the part, but actually tastes a bit rubbish.
Buuut, it was actually more similar than I thought it would be! It’s definitely a little softer, with a finer texture and less of a bite to it (actually more similar to quinoa than rice), but even so, it was definitely a great substitute. I added a handful of stir fry veg to add a bit more texture (a mixture of carrot, cabbage and beansprouts), and with the usual additions of eggs and plenty of soy sauce, it tasted just like egg fried rice! Especially if you’re serving it alongside your favourite Chinese veggie dish, it totally hits the spot and makes a great low-carb alternative to rice.
Low-carb cauliflower fried rice
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- 350 g cauliflower around 1/2 a head
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 75 g mixed stir-fry vegetables
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- Black pepper
- Break the cauliflower into small pieces, and put them into a food processor (do a couple of batches if you only have a small one). Blitz for a few seconds, until the mixture resembles rice.
- Heat the oil in a wok, and add the cauliflower rice. Cook for several minutes over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower begins to turn just slightly golden brown.
- Add the garlic and vegetables, and cook for a further 4-5 minutes.
- Make a well in the centre of the pan, and break in the eggs. Break the yolks, and scramble them gently, trying not to pull in too many of the other ingredients. Cook over a fairly low heat, gently scraping the eggs off the bottom of the pan, until they are nearly cooked. Gradually mix the other ingredients in with the eggs until the eggs are fully cooked.
- Add the soy sauce and plenty of black pepper, mix well, and serve warm.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.