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

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

Ethiopian Doro Wat

Malabar Chicken

Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

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  • 1 large (2 small) head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons 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.

NOTES: 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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  16. Mariaposted September 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 25, 2014 at 12:08 am Reply

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

  20. Karenposted May 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

    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!

  21. BillieOposted May 23, 2014 at 7:50 am Reply

    Definitely want to try this recipe!

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

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

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

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

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

    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..

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

    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.

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

    Ooooh what a great twist on rice! Love it!

  27. Amandaposted May 22, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I love cauliflower rice, it’s so versatile!

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

    Looks like I need to try this! ;)

  33. Julieposted May 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm Reply

    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!

  34. elizabethposted May 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm Reply

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

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

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

  36. Gabyposted May 21, 2014 at 9:57 am Reply

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

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

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

  38. marlaposted May 21, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

    We LOVE cauliflower rice here! Great recipe Sommer :)

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

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

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

    This looks like the perfect healthy side dish!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Love cauliflower rice! Great side for any meal!

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

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

  47. dcposted May 21, 2014 at 6:35 am Reply

    Wish I had a food processor…this looks great!

    • Helenposted March 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

      you can also buy it riced in the produce section of many stores,  Trader Joe’s has it toothedoo

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

    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!!

  49. Tieghanposted May 21, 2014 at 6:26 am Reply

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

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

    super clever

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

    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!