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Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Easy roasted cauliflower rice to serve with your main course of choice. This “rice” is a wonderfully healthy rice substitute for those on a grain free diet. Plus it just tastes good!

Roasted Cauliflower Rice! #GrainFree #Paleo #GlutenFree #cauliflower

So… as you can see by the name, this cauliflower rice isn’t really rice at all.

However, if you are on a strict #paleo or #grainfree diet, cauliflower rice is a life saver.

Making Roasted Cauliflower Rice! #GrainFree #Paleo #GlutenFree #cauliflower

And even if you’re not, it’s a fabulous low-carb side dish that everyone in my family loves.

I simply grind cauliflower in the food processor until it reaches the size of rice, then I toss it with olive oil and roast it.

Making Cauliflower Rice! #GrainFree #Paleo #GlutenFree #cauliflower

Once roasted, the cauliflower rice is soft, tender, and fluffy…

Heck, it looks, feels, and even kind of tastes like rice. Who knew?!

The first few times I served this to my family, the kids were halfway through dinner before they realized it wasn’t real rice.

Pretty convincing.

Easy Roasted Cauliflower Rice! #GrainFree #Paleo #GlutenFree #cauliflower

So if you’re looking to lighten up your diet, or are just curious, give cauliflower rice a try.

You can serve it with any of these dishes for a fantastic low carb meal!

Bulgogi Korean BBQ

Triple Pork Fried Rice

Kung Pao Chicken Skewers

Ethiopian Doro Wat

Malabar Chicken

Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 large (2 small) head of cauliflower
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut the cauliflower in half and remove the core and leaves. Roughly chop the cauliflower and place in the food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower is small and fine like rice.
  2. Dump the cauliflower rice out onto a large rimmed baking sheet (If your baking sheet is average sized or small, use two.) Drizzle the olive oil over the top. Then mix with your hands and spread the cauliflower rice out into a thin layer. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Roast in the oven for 5 minutes. Then stir and smooth out again. Roast, another 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Sometimes I like to add a little curry, cumin, or chile powder to the cauliflower rice, depending on what I'm serving it with.

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41 Responses to “Roasted Cauliflower Rice”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 21, 2014 at 4:44 am

    So, after Miami, I NEED this healthy little cauli rice in my life. I love cauli rice, but I have never roasted the cauli beforehand….YUM! Pinned :) So great to meet you!


  2. alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted May 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

    super clever


  3. Tieghanposted May 21, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I love making cauliflower rice, but I never cook it first. Love this idea for a lite summer side!


  4. Jenny Flakeposted May 21, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this forever!! My sister talks about how good it is. This just pushed me over, going to try this week :) Mmmm!!


  5. dcposted May 21, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Wish I had a food processor…this looks great!


  6. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted May 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Good reason to break out the food processor! I’m just waiting for cauliflower prices to drop. They are outrageous right now.


  7. Mariaposted May 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Love cauliflower rice! Great side for any meal!


  8. Ashley M. | Our Full Tableposted May 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    So easy!!! I’m going to have to try this soon!


  9. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 21, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I sooooooo need to try this! And definitely could use a big bowl after our weekend in Miami!


  10. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted May 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I love cauliflower rice, too. So easy, just a little time consuming. We make a stir fry with it. YUM! Thanks for sharing!


  11. Heather Christoposted May 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I am so into this. I have really, really been wanting to try it, and now you have sold me!


  12. Christine from Cook the Storyposted May 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

    This looks like the perfect healthy side dish!


  13. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This is seriously so cool and an awesome alternative to rice!!


  14. marlaposted May 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

    We LOVE cauliflower rice here! Great recipe Sommer :)


  15. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamilyposted May 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

    We have been on a cauliflower kick lately! Love cauli rice and even make a pizza crust out of it!


  16. Gabyposted May 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

    So delicious, one of my very favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower!


  17. capturing joy with kristen dukeposted May 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I’d love to try this, we have been going more grain free around here!


  18. elizabethposted May 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    How long can I keep it in the fridge? Looks DELISH!!


  19. Julieposted May 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I love making cauli rice in the microwave but have never roasted…looks delicious! Sounds like a great way to decrease amount of water in the final “rice”. Thank you so much Sommer!


  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Looks like I need to try this! ;)


  21. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 22, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I love cauliflower rice, it’s so versatile!


  22. Jennaposted May 22, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I need to make this! It looks so light and fluffy!


  23. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted May 22, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Great alternative to rice! I really need to try this!


  24. shelly (cookies and cups)posted May 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I just hopped on the cauliflower rice train, and love it, but roasting the cauliflower?! AMAZING idea!!


  25. Amandaposted May 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

    We have rice so much, definitely want to try substituting it like this. Looks wonderful :)


  26. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treatsposted May 22, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Ooooh what a great twist on rice! Love it!


  27. Cheryl McCraryposted May 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Yours and my friend Adriana told me about you.I love your website and Adriana loves your food.Can’t wait to try your recipes..


  28. Eats Meets Westposted May 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Love how this can be an extremely quick way in getting dinner on the table, yet the flavour doesn’t give anything away! Thanks for sharing Sommer! I have a question though: does the cauliflower have to be very fresh? I do hope this can be a smart, yummy way to use up cauliflower that might be on its way out soon.


  29. Julie Yatesposted May 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I love cauliflower “mashed potatoes” so I’m anxious to give this a try!


  30. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted May 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

    My kids love roasted cauliflower so I can’t wait to try this “rice” version!


  31. BillieOposted May 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Definitely want to try this recipe!


  32. Karenposted May 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I simply put cauliflower raw in foodprocesser till rice like. Then I saute an onion with some butter and garlic and add cauliflower. Put the lid on and let it cook for about 5minutes. Really nice!


  33. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 25, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I’ve really been wanting to try this! It looks so good!


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  36. Mariaposted September 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Finally getting around to trying this. Awesome – added it to a veggie burrito with some cumin and chili powder, very tasty.


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