Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

A bold and comforting fried rice recipe for those on a low-carb or grain-free diet. This amazing paleo cauliflower fried rice is so convincing, you won’t even miss the rice! You can eat your fill without busting your New Years Resolution this year.

Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice #Paleo #GrainFree #Healthy

Let me start out by saying, I love grains. And dairy.

Although I have tried the paleo diet and think of it as a very healthy option (we use it as a cleanse on occasion) I could never give up good bread, cheese, or pasta long term.

Yet it is January, and many of us are thinking along the lines of “low carb”… So, I’ve got a healthy paleo-friendly dinner option to share with you today.

After all, I don’t think I could stand it if I was the cause of your dietary demise… at least not today.

Easy Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice #Paleo #GrainFree #Healthy

Introducing Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice.

No, not a fried rice recipe with chunks of cauliflower in it, but a dish using cauliflower as (or in place of) the rice. I promise, you’ll be shocked at how good it is.

Making Cauliflower Fried Rice #Paleo #GrainFree #Healthy

To make cauliflower fried rice, prepare all your ingredients, just as you would for a classic fried rice recipe: beaten eggs, chopped scallions, carrots, garlic, ginger, chopped chicken, soy sauce, maybe a little chile paste.

Then place roughly chopped cauliflower florets in the food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is chopped to the size of rice.

Making Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice #Paleo #GrainFree #Healthy

Flash fry the ingredients in a wok over high heat, one at a time, to keep them from over cooking. Then flash fry the cauliflower until just barely cooked through, but not mushy. Add all the ingredients into the wok and toss. Viola!

The secret ingredient (other than the cauliflower) is bacon.

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice #Paleo #GrainFree #Healthy

Adding a little bacon to the wok, allows it to mingle with the soy and ginger and provide that unctuous full-bodied flavor traditional fried rice offers.

It’s a mind-blowing option for low-carb dieters.

Cauliflower Fried Rice #Paleo #Healthy #GrainFree

In fact, I don’t know that I wouldn’t chose it over classic fried rice. You’ve got to try this!


Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon, chopped (Uncured Organic Bacon for Strict Paleo)
  • 1 lb. organic chicken breast, sliced into thin pieces
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tb. freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped, greens and whites separated
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup chopped thai basil or cilantro
  • 1-3 Tb. soy sauce (Substitute Coconut Aminos for Strict Paleo)
  • 1 tsp. sriracha or chile paste
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • Coconut oil for frying


  1. Chop the bacon, chicken and veggies so you can work quickly once you start cooking. Cut the cauliflower into florets and place in the food processor. Pulse until it roughly resembles rice.
  2. Heat a large wok (or skillet) over medium heat. Place a rimmed dish to the side of the wok as a holding dish. Add the bacon to the skillet and fry until brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the dish.
  3. Add the eggs to the skillet and quickly scramble. Use your spoon to break into small pieces, then move to the holding dish. If needed add a small amount of oil to the wok. Turn the heat to high and add the chicken, white onion pieces, ginger and garlic. Stir fry until the chicken is just barely cooked through, then add the carrots and cook another minute. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to the holding dish.
  4. Now add the cauliflower "rice" to the wok. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes until soft, but still firm. Add all the cooked ingredients back to the wok, along with the frozen peas, soy sauce to taste, and chile paste. Toss and cook until the peas are warmed through, then toss in the green onion tops and basil. Serve warm with lime wedges.

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46 Responses to “Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe”

  1. #
    Tieghan — January 6, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    Mmm!! I love fried rice, but I also love cauliflower rice! This variation looks amazing. What great idea, Sommer!


  2. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 6, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    So clever Sommer! Have to try this–I’m on a big cauliflower kick lately. And never tried anything like this.


  3. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 6, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    I love playing around with cauliflower. This fried rice looks perfect for this gloomy day we’re having.


  4. #
    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — January 6, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    Love the idea of cauliflower in place of rice in this dish!


  5. #
    Cristina — January 6, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    Fabulous! Right up my family’s alley (we are not labeled anything, we just love healthy.)


  6. #
    Maria — January 6, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Love cauliflower! Great recipe!


  7. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 6, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    I keep meaning to try cauliflower rice but you’ve sold me now that you’ve turned it into fried rice!!


  8. #
    Betty Lynne — January 6, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    I love cauliflower but no one else in this house does. I’m going to try this without telling them what it is and see how they like it. Did that with veggie meatballs one time and my meat-loving boys ate them up!


  9. #
    Paula – bell’alimento — January 6, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Cauliflower is an amazing vegetable! This dish looks amazing!


  10. #
    Annie@ciaochowbambina — January 6, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    It’s time to dust off the wok! Great idea! This recipe is a keeper…I love how bright it looks and how healthy it is. Thank you!


  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 6, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    that totally does look like rice!! i bet i wouldn’t miss it either! wow, i love this idea!! cauliflower has sooo many uses!


  12. #
    Claire Gallam — January 6, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    This looks amazing! I love that it’s paleo too!


  13. #
    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — January 6, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    I love carbs too! But this looks wonderful for a change :)


  14. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 6, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Love the flavors in the friend rice, Sommer! Also, that KitchenAid food processor is awesome! I use mine all the time!


  15. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 6, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    I am a huge fan of cauliflower dishes. This looks fantastic!


  16. #
    Coco in the Kitchen — January 6, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    Very clever. I love cauliflower. This looks delicious.
    It’s on the menu for this w/end!


  17. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 6, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    There’s no way I’m giving up carbs…ever! I love fried rice, and, even more, I love that you added cauliflower. Yum!


  18. #
    Jenny Flake — January 6, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    Oooo, what a great idea! Love everything cauliflower!!


  19. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 6, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    It’s amazing all the forms cauliflower can hold up to! Cool “rice”!!


  20. #
    marla — January 6, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

    Love this healthy take on fried rice!


  21. #
    Shaina — January 6, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    Sounds delicious! I’d love to give this a try with the bacon.


  22. #
    Bea Long — January 6, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

    I have to agree with Iron Chef Zakarian, I am so done with the Paleo Diet and all those kale dishes but I definitely will try this recipe! Thanks!!


  23. #
    Ruth Stephen — January 7, 2014 @ 6:00 am

    What a fab idea. Looks great!


  24. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — January 7, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Sommer, hope you had a wonderful holiday!
    I’m loving this dish – I need it in my life! ;-)


  25. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — January 7, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    Looks great, will have to try this with the next cauliflower head! Also really fond of the ginger in here, I’m obsessed with it right now!


  26. #
    Anjali — January 7, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    This is a fab idea , I make two things with Minced cauliflower which might interest you .Loved your site , will visit again , would really appreciate if you visit my space too at ……


  27. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 7, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    What a great way to do fried ‘rice’!


  28. #
    Kelly — January 7, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

    I made this for my low carbing husband tonight. I used mushrooms and broccoli instead of peas and carrots to make it really low carb. It was awesome! I don’t eat meat, but I had some ‘rice’ with soy. Loved it!


    • Sommer — January 7th, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

      Oh Great!! Thanks for coming back to comment Kelly. It’s so nice to hear you (he) enjoyed it! :)


  29. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 7, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    This looks like some wonderful comfort food!


  30. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 8, 2014 @ 2:53 am

    I love cauliflower rice, this is such a great way to dress it up!


  31. #
    Carolyn — January 8, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    Welcome to the dark side, Sommer! I don’t do full paleo either but it can be sooooo delicious when it’s done right!


  32. #
    Betty Lynne — January 9, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    I made this for dinner last night and it was amazing! So fresh and yummy. No one in this house, except me, likes cauliflower, but they ate it right up and declared it delicious! I love the cilantro and lime juice which gives it an unexpected flavor. Another hit Sommer!


  33. #
    Amanda — January 9, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    Have you calculated how many calories are in this recipe?


  34. #
    Heather — January 11, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I’m making this tonight! I have everything in my fridge! Go figure….


  35. #
    Rozanne — January 13, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    This was. . .no, IS the most amazing dish! What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much!


  36. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — January 15, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    Oh yum! This dish is so full of flavor :) I can’t wait to make it myself!


  37. #
    Yamil — March 26, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dish. My boyfriend was very skeptical all throughout the meal preparation but started coming around when the aroma started filling the house. He was then convince after he had his first bite. He even had seconds!! total success and now he’s eager to try healthier dishes. I’m so happy :)


  38. #
    jae — April 17, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    I made this for myself tonight. My husband made himself Cheerios.

    “You want some?” I asked, pushing the dish across the table.
    “…That’s really good,” he said after tasting it. “What is it?”
    “I hate it.”

    Yeah, I basically am married to a seven-year-old; thanks for noticing. But anyway, this dish was bomb! Strong work!


    • Sommer — April 18th, 2014 @ 5:53 am

      LOL! Thanks for sharing that Jae!


  39. #
    Gayle and Dennis — April 23, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    New to paleo style eating,this is a great,yummy recipe,really glad we tried it, thanks so much



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