Top tips for how to make the best roasted cauliflower rice. This recipe is a delicious and healthy alternative to white rice! (grain free, gluten free).
I hope your July 4th weekend was as fun and relaxing as ours! After all that cobbler and ice cream, though, it’s nice to get back on the healthy train.
So today seemed like a great time to share my Top 5 tips for making the best cauliflower rice! It’s gluten free, grain free, and 100% unprocessed!
Even if you eat “real rice”, it’s a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your meal, and you might be surprised by how much you like it!
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How to Make the Best Cauliflower Rice
5 Top Tips For Making Roasted Cauliflower Rice
There are lots of recipes and tutorials out there for ricing cauliflower. Here are my top 5 tips for success:
1. Shred It
You can use the standard chopping blade of your food processor (I’ve done it before with success), but the result is more of a couscous texture than that of long grain rice. You also have to work in batches, which I’m never a fan of if I can avoid it. I much prefer quickly feeding handfuls of florets into the chute of the food processor, one after another, with the shredder blade in place. It shaves time off the prep and gives the “rice” a more authentic, longer grain shape.
2. Season It
Just as with “real rice”, the right amount of butter and salt take this cauliflower rice from good to great! I add plenty of melted ghee and sea salt before cooking, then usually sprinkle a little more sea salt on it just before serving.
3. Roast It
Stovetop cooking works if you’re able to stir often (think stir fry) to prevent sticking and burning, but roasting is my favorite. It’s a simple, hands-off method so you can prep the rest of your dinner while the oven does the work. You could even roast a tray of okra or broccoli at the same time!
4. Serve It
I prefer to serve cauliflower rice alongside really flavorful main dish recipes – Lemon Feta Chicken and Easy Salmon with Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale come to mind. And, don’t forget, you can always blend cauliflower rice 50/50 with regular cooked rice – this is a great approach if you’re new to cauliflower rice, or are serving it to “real rice” lovers!
5. Sell It
Here’s the deal. Cauliflower rice is NOT rice – never will be. But it’s a pretty close second. I don’t try to pull one over on my family by calling it rice. I tell them I’m serving shredded and roasted cauliflower that looks, tastes, and feels a lot like rice. That way, everyone knows what to expect, and is happy when they get it.
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 1/4 cup pastured ghee melted
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash the cauliflower, then cut into large florets (not larger than the width of the food processor chute)
- Divide the riced cauliflower between two baking sheets.
- Drizzle 2 Tbsp of melted ghee over each pan, then use clean hands to "massage" until rice is fully coated with ghee.
- Sprinkle generously with sea salt and roast for about 25 minutes, or until browned to your liking.
- Makes 4-6 cups.
1. I used lighter baking pans but you'll want to shorten the cooking time and may need to stir halfway if you're using darker roasting pans.
2. Time saving tip: shred two heads of cauliflower and freeze half for later use!