Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

This Chinese-style cauliflower fried rice is a healthy, low-carb dish that’s hearty enough to serve as a main course.

cauliflower fried rice

Cauliflower rice, or cauliflower grated into rice-like bits, really does taste similar to rice, or at least it behaves similarly by soaking up all the flavor of its seasonings. In this quick and easy cauliflower fried rice recipe, I sauté grated cauliflower with aromatics, vegetables, soy sauce, and eggs, much like Chinese-style fried rice. It’s a healthy, low-carb dish that’s hearty enough to serve as a main course.

What You’ll Need To Make Cauliflower Fried Rice


You’ll likely be able to find grated cauliflower in the produce or frozen vegetable section of your supermarket. But if not, it’s simple to make using a food processor (use the grating disc) or hand grater.


How To Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

As with any quick stir-fry, it’s important to have all of your ingredients prepped before you start cooking.


Begin by heating a few teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and a pinch of salt and cook over medium heat until scrambled.


Set the eggs aside, then sauté the scallions, ginger, and garlic in oil until softened.


Add the grated cauliflower, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, and salt. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes.


Add the peas and carrots and continue cooking until the cauliflower “rice” is tender-crisp and the vegetables are warmed through, a few minutes.


Stir in the rice vinegar, sesame oil, dark green scallions, nuts (if using), and scrambled eggs.


Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve hot and enjoy!


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Cauliflower Fried Rice

This Chinese-style cauliflower fried rice is a healthy, low-carb dish that’s hearty enough to serve as a main course.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, light and green parts separated (you'll need 5-6 scallions)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger, from a 1-inch knob
  • One 2-lb head cauliflower (or 2 pounds ready to cook' cauliflower)
  • 4-5 tablespoons soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian/toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews or peanuts (optional)


  1. Grate the cauliflower in a food processor fitted with the grating disc. Alternatively, grate on the large holes of a box or hand-held grater. Set aside. (Skip this step if using 'ready to cook' cauliflower rice.)
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a large (10 or 12-inch) nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and a pinch of salt and scramble until the eggs are cooked. Transfer to a small plate and set aside. Wipe the pan clean.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan and set over medium heat. Add the light scallions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the grated cauliflower, 4 tablespoons of the soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes. Add the peas and carrots and continue cooking until the cauliflower "rice" is tender-crisp and the vegetables are warmed through, a few minutes. Stir in the rice vinegar, sesame oil, dark green scallions, nuts (if using) and eggs. Taste and adjust seasoning (adding the remaining tablespoon of soy sauce if necessary). Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Serving size: about 2 cups
  • Calories: 273
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Sodium: 1717 mg
  • Cholesterol: 93 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • I LOVE this. I added celery and mushrooms and shrimp and it was so good that I was thrilled and grateful to have found this. I’ve made it twice and made it even a little hotter the next time and this time I’m using scallops…thank you!! I’ve shared this site and recipe with several friends.

    • — Lore Murdock on January 14, 2022
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  • I made this last night for myself on stir fry night. I also used coconut aminos, but found I had to add some salt because it is not salty like soy. I was not a super fan, thought it was ok but not great. However I just ate the leftovers for lunch and it was so delicious! I don’t know, maybe the flavours need to meld a bit longer or something? Or the ginger/garlic flavours developed overnight? At any rate I am a converted fan and in future will make lots so I have leftovers again! Maybe even made in advance.

    • — Squeaky on January 13, 2022
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  • This cauliflower fried rice is definitely a hit in my household. Even my pickkkky husband loves it. So tasty! Instead of soy sauce I use coconut aminos (so my 12 month old can eat it too) and it tastes great. I’ve made this recipe many times already and will continue to do so. Thank you for your delicious recipes! Makes me feel (and look) like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen 😅

    • — Jenelle on January 9, 2022
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  • I appreciate the inclusion of uncomplicated plant based recipes. My goal is to serve them three to four times a week. Keep ’em coming. This one is on the next grocery run.

    • — Dorothea on January 9, 2022
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  • Love the cauliflower fried rice. Have added shrimp, diced leftover chicken. Going to try tofu next.

    • — Sandra on January 6, 2022
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  • Didn’t have any sesame oil so I just skipped that ingredient. I read the comments, copied someone and added chicken strips. That took it to the next level. Definetly recommend. I went back for seconds.

    • — Rusty on January 2, 2022
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  • In the “What You Need” photo, there is a bottle of dark soy sauce displayed; yet in the ingredients list and procedure, only “soy sauce” is named. Do you use regular or dark soy sauce for your recipe?

    • — Sarah on December 5, 2021
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    • Hi Sarah, Either one will do. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 6, 2021
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  • I made it last night. All I can say is:MY FUSSY EATING HUSBAND LOVED IT! And I did too. I used Trader Joe’ stir fry veggies. Can’t believe how much it tastes like rice! But so much healthier. And EASY!

    • — Kathy Moore on November 17, 2021
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  • We use Bragg’s instead of soy sauce and that cuts the sodium some what, my calculation is 930 mg per serving. This is a fantastic recipe and you can feed it to people who don’t think they like vegetables.

    • — Ruth Beckett on September 28, 2021
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  • We found a new favorite and will definitely be adding this to our rotation! I was fourth bite in and couldn’t wait to have it again. We used frozen cauliflower and added a few shitake mushrooms and some cut up grilled chicken for a little protein. Absolutely delicious!!

    • — Hope on August 21, 2021
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  • So delicious, and super easy! Have made a few times, definitely a new fav in the rotation of healthy eating! The perfect side dish or hot lunch. I used frozen cauliflower and just cooked until all the liquid was absorbed. Your recipes always kick a**! Thank you! 😊

    • — Catherine on August 13, 2021
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  • Hi, do I need to let frozen cauliflower defrost first?

    Thank you!

    • — Michelle on July 27, 2021
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    • Yes, I would defrost it first. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 27, 2021
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  • Another winning recipe from Jenn & Once Upon a Chef.

    This is an amazingly easy recipe that has more flavor than other fried rice recipes I’ve made. You would almost never know that it’s cauliflower and not rice. My wife raved about it!

    The only thing I may do next time is use a little less oil when frying the cauliflower so it’s a bit firmer. But that’s a minor fix.

    Overall, a great recipe!

    • — S. Zoller on July 1, 2021
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  • Thanks for the recipe. I’m on my third week of very low carbs so this was helpful.

    Years ago I learned from a Cantonese chef to use sugar and salt in fried rice, and no soy sauce. So I modified it accordingly. I also separated the yolks from the egg whites and mixed the yolks in with the cauliflower rice before frying.

    • — Adrian Martin on June 7, 2021
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  • Been cooking cauliflower rice for a bit now and this was great. I didn’t add the sugar but did add two cups of rough chopped cabbage and dry fried tofu and it was great. Thanks for the recipe. Will make again.

    • — Chase on May 13, 2021
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  • I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower rice but keep eating it because well… it’s better for me than potatoes or rice. THIS IS AMAZING… and has opened my eyes to how versatile cauliflower rice can be! Thank you for a great recipe… it’s delicious! This will most definitely be one of my go-to items for our weekday menus!

    • — Melissa B on April 13, 2021
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  • Love this recipe! I don’t think there could be any better recipe for cauliflower rice!

    • — valarie hoover on April 11, 2021
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  • Yummy, will use your cauliflower fried rice recipe again and again.

    • — Judy on April 2, 2021
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  • Jenn, this is so good! I have made it a few times, but decided to add ground pork tonight like in your Thai style pork fried rice recipe. I grated the fresh cauliflower and let it get a bit crispy in the skillet after the pork was cooked. It turned out better for me than the bagged cauliflower rice—-not watery. Then followed the rest of the steps. You can get creative with the veggies! Sauteed some diced red pepper in it. It was a very colorful, tasty complete meal!

    • — Lynn on March 17, 2021
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