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!

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61 comments on “Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

  1. Tieghanposted January 6, 2014 at 7:37 am Reply

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

  2. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)posted January 6, 2014 at 7:46 am Reply

    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 Foodposted January 6, 2014 at 7:50 am Reply

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

  4. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted January 6, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply

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

  5. Cristinaposted January 6, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply

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

  6. Mariaposted January 6, 2014 at 8:18 am Reply

    Love cauliflower! Great recipe!

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted January 6, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

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

  8. Betty Lynneposted January 6, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

    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’alimentoposted January 6, 2014 at 8:36 am Reply

    Cauliflower is an amazing vegetable! This dish looks amazing!

  10. [email protected]posted January 6, 2014 at 9:18 am Reply

    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 Twoposted January 6, 2014 at 9:27 am Reply

    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 Gallamposted January 6, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply

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

  13. Liz @ Virtually Homemadeposted January 6, 2014 at 10:22 am Reply

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

  14. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 6, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply

    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 Sweetposted January 6, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply

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

  16. Coco in the Kitchenposted January 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm Reply

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

  17. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted January 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm Reply

    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 Flakeposted January 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm Reply

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

  19. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm Reply

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

  20. marlaposted January 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Love this healthy take on fried rice!

  21. Shainaposted January 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm Reply

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

  22. Bea Longposted January 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm Reply

    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 Stephenposted January 7, 2014 at 6:00 am Reply

    What a fab idea. Looks great!

  24. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 7, 2014 at 10:25 am Reply

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

  25. Anjaliposted January 7, 2014 at 11:25 am Reply

    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 ……

  26. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted January 7, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply

    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!

  27. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm Reply

    What a great way to do fried ‘rice’!

  28. Kellyposted January 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted January 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm Reply

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

  29. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm Reply

    This looks like some wonderful comfort food!

  30. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 8, 2014 at 2:53 am Reply

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

  31. Carolynposted January 8, 2014 at 8:53 am Reply

    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 Lynneposted January 9, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
  33. Amandaposted January 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Have you calculated how many calories are in this recipe?

  34. Heatherposted January 11, 2014 at 11:19 am Reply

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

  35. Rozanneposted January 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  37. Nutmeg Nannyposted January 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

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

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  39. Yamilposted March 26, 2014 at 10:30 am Reply

    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 :)

    Rating: 5
  40. jaeposted April 17, 2014 at 5:58 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted April 18, 2014 at 5:53 am Reply

      LOL! Thanks for sharing that Jae!

  41. Gayle and Dennisposted April 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

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

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  48. Kara Davenportposted January 7, 2016 at 8:23 am Reply

    Tried this last night, looking for something to do as a side with an “egg roll”recipe i stumbled along. This was PERFECT! I omitted the chicken, and added mushrooms, and since i made “real” rice for my husband, only used about 2 eggs. I will be adding a link to this on my blog as well! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Rating: 5
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  56. Nancy Oarposted July 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

    This was so incredibly delicious! Terrific on it’s own, even though I am not Paleo.  Thanks

    Rating: 5
  57. Teresa F. Craseposted October 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    this definately looks good and am gonna try it

  58. Teresa F. Craseposted October 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Looks so yum. Love the step-by-step picture demo..:-)