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Low Carb and Delicious Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Cauliflower rice is a staple of those on the keto diet. Instead of simply giving you the plain keto cauliflower fried rice recipe, I’m going to jazz it up and give you my keto cauliflower fried rice recipe.

This keeps things a little more interesting; you can have this as a meal by itself. If you want to use this as a keto side dish, simply leave out some of the additions and keep the recipe simple.

Cauliflower is an excellent keto-friendly vegetable since it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to prepare, and takes on the flavor of your entree if you’re using it as a side dish.

This makes it the perfect rice or mashed potato substitute for those meals that need something to sop up the gravy.

I’m in love with the diversity of cauliflower, adding different seasonings, sauces, and cheeses to it, all the while switching up the flavor profile while keeping my meals low carb.

Here’s my go-to cauliflower fried rice recipe for a simple weeknight dinner or side dish.

Challenges When Switching to the Keto Diet

One thing people often complain about when switching to the keto diet is looking for good substitutions to some of the foods they have eaten their entire lives.

Switching to keto comes with many challenges.

While we can’t eat pizza, potato chips and french fries anymore, or cakes, cookies, donuts, you’ll be surprised to know there are many fantastic alternatives to all of these that may even be even more delicious.

I promise!

While making the move from regular rice to healthy cauliflower fried rice may seem odd, you’ll soon find out that the latter tastes a million times better.

The same goes for switching up regular mashed potatoes to cauliflower mash. To be honest, the cauliflower mash has so much flavor to it!

Here are a few articles you might like that will help you understand the keto diet, get you started and ensure you stick to it. You may slip and fall off every now and then and that’s ok too. Remember, the name of this site is on and off keto for a reason!

How to Make Riced Cauliflower

First things first! How on earth do you make riced cauliflower? It’s pretty simple, actually!

You can either use a cheese grater, choosing the larger hole sizes, or a food processor. That’s it, that’s all. Told you it was simple.

What You Need to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

Once you have riced the cauliflower, here are some ingredients and equipment you will need to whip up your keto cauliflower fried rice.

Equipment

  • Cheese grater or food processor
  • A wok

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 4 cups cauliflower riced
  • ½ cup green peas and carrots frozen or canned (these are optional as peas and carrots are not keto-friendly)
  • 2 stalks green onion sliced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

If you’ve ever made fried rice, and I’m sure you have, you already know how simple it is to make. Here are the step-by-step instructions.

  • Heat one tablespoon butter in a wok or large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until eggs are cooked through. Transfer eggs to a plate and set aside. 
  • Add remaining butter, riced cauliflower, peas and carrots (optional), green onions, fresh ginger, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes—season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, until frozen veggies are heated through and tender, approximately 5-6 minutes. 
  • Add tamari, sesame oil, and scrambled eggs to the wok or skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and heated through.
  • Remove from heat and top with additional green onion, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy!  

Variations to Try

While I prepared this recipe with frozen peas and carrots, we know those two veggies are not keto-friendly. Here are some variations to try to add to your cauliflower fried rice recipe instead.

  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • mushrooms
  • spinach

You can also make this dish as a full meal by adding the following meats/fish/protein sources.

  • chicken
  • turkey
  • steak
  • tofu
  • shrimp
  • scallops

So, you can see, this dish is extremely versatile! You can prepare it to your liking, any way you want. Either as a side dish or a main course, you can’t go wrong with this scrumptious and easy to make dish.

What to Serve This Dish With

If you are making it as a side dish, this low carb cauliflower fried rice will pair very well with just about anything really but here are some options for you.

How to Store Leftovers

This dish can be stored in the fridge in a glass container for up to one week. However, if you are using meat in this dish, I would recommend only up to 2 days.

You can also freeze this but to be honest, I’m not fussy for thawed out and reheated veggie dishes. I find they lose their texture and flavor a wee bit.

Keto Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

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Keto Cauliflower Fried Rice

The perfect quick weeknight keto dinner for busy low carbers. This is a great way to jazz up this staple keto side dish. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 4 cups cauliflower riced
  • ½ cup green peas and carrots frozen or canned
  • 2 stalks green onion sliced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

Instructions

  • Heat one tablespoon butter in a wok or large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until eggs are cooked through. Transfer eggs to a plate and set aside. 
  • Add remaining butter, cauliflower, peas and carrots, green onions, fresh ginger, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, until frozen veggies are heated through and tender, approximately 5-6 minutes. 
  • Add tamari, sesame oil, and scrambled eggs to the wok or skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and heated through. Remove from heat and top with additional green onion, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy!   

Notes

 
*Nutritional information based on using tamari, rather than coconut aminos

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1503IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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