Cauliflower Fried Rice (Paleo)

Cauliflower fried rice is the side dish of dreams.

Cauliflower Fried Rice (a.k.a. Paleo Fried Rice)

How was your weekend? It was sunny and 70 degrees where I’m at, so I spent much of the weekend outside, sunburning my eyebrows (I kid you not. I always forget to put sunscreen on my eyebrows, but it’s always worth the sting).  I went for a romp in the back country, ate a couple of pounds of Whole Foods salad bar, ran all the errands, and even gifted myself with a new nose ring. Chocolate was consumed, wine was drank, life is beautiful.

Let’s talk rice.

When I was a kid, I loved when my mom came home from work with a box of Chinese takeout. I’d go straight for the fried rice and hoard it to myself while my brothers and sister settled for the chow mein, because what baby wants, baby gets (I’m the youngest. Can you tell? Spuh-OILD). As you know, I’m also a major fan of cauliflower rice, so I slammed the two concepts together and made cauliflower fried rice (which happens to be paleo-friendly).

 

Fried rice is so enigmatically delicious it’s impossible to make at home, right? Wrong. It’s more simple than you’d think!

The basic order of operations for making traditional fried rice is:

1.) Cook some rice.

2.) Saute the cooked rice with some carrots, green onions, garlic, and peas with soy sauce and sesame oil.

3.) Scramble an egg or two.

4.) Add said scrambled egg(s) to the fried rice.

5.) Devour.

Since we’re using grated cauliflower instead of rice, we get to skip step one and simply saute everything together in a big skillet or wok. I really think the scrambled egg is the clincher in this equation…it shalt not be skipped. Unless you have a deep-seeded hatred for eggs, in which case, skip away. Instead of using soy sauce, I prefer to use coconut aminos (same idea as liquid aminos), but either one will work just fine (just note that soy sauce is not paleo if you’re trying to be strict about it). I also skipped the peas and added red cabbage because peas aren’t my jam, but cabbage is.

Cauliflower Fried Rice (a.k.a. Paleo Fried Rice)

I’m thinking this cauliflower fried rice would go excellently alongside my Crock Pot Parsnip and Lamb Curry with Spinach, Fennel and Parsnip Stir Fry, or Spring Green Vegetable Stir Fry with Ginger-Lemon Sauce.

Because: cauliflower.

Cauliflower Fried Rice (a.k.a. Paleo Fried Rice)

Cauliflower Fried Rice (Paleo)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or grass-fed butter separated
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ yellow onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large head cauliflower grated
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 large carrot peeled and grated
  • 5 stalks green onion chopped
  • 1 cup red cabbage thinly sliced
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small skillet, add about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or butter and heat to medium. Add the eggs and scramble them using a wooden spoon, until fully cooked. Remove from heat, and set eggs aside.
  2. In a large wok or saute pan, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the yellow onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the grated cauliflower and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally until cauliflower has cooked down and begins turning light brown, about 8 to 12 minutes. Add the coconut aminos and continue to cook about 3 minutes. Add the grated carrot, green onion, cabbage, and cooked scrambled eggs and continue cooking just until the newly-added veggies are warm and green onion is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Serve as an entree or alongside your favorite entree.

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Comments

  1. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Sunny and 70 degrees?! I would die for weather like that right now. . it was so cold on Saturday here in Wisconsin, like -8. and I won’t even mention the wind chill. . anyway.. love this cauliflower fried rice! I’ve had something like this before and loved it! your dish is gorgeous!

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  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    The weather has been so beautiful lately! I’ve been wearing shorts outside and blinding everyone that I come into contact with because my legs are so white. Can your eyebrows give my legs some of their color please?

    Speaking of color, I love that you thought to add cabbage to this recipe! I’ve made cauliflower fried rice and it was delicious but it didn’t feel satiating enough on it’s own. I bet the cabbage solves that problem and it looks pretty too!

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  3. Julie

    So, Jerry doesn’t get the Paleo thing. He thought you added cauliflower to fried rice. Yeah. I’m not sure he’s ready to go 100% Paleo. But! This looks delicious, so maybe I can fix it one night for him anyway. And is this the nose ring we discussed while waiting in line for lunch after our tattoo session? Can’t wait to see it (and you)! xoxo

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    1. Julia Post author

      LOL, I love it! I realized after I posted the recipe, that I should probably have been more clear about the cauliflower actually being the rice. Le sigh..bygones. Love you guys and can’t wait to see you too!!!!

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  4. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    The weather has been very tough here in Canada. I spent my entire weekend at home because it was solo cold to be outside. Hopefully in march we will have better weather.

    I still haven’t made cauliflower rice yet. Do you believe that? This looks so good and beautiful. Thanks for inspiring me to get on the cauliflower rice wagon! Pinned!!

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  5. Isadora

    I’m a fried rice lover too! When we get Chinese takeout I usually just order fried rice as my whole meal! I still haven’t tried cauliflower rice, but I LOVE the idea of using it to make a fried rice! Amazing! Your weekend sounds amazing, eyebrow sunburn and all! I did a lot of wine drinking and chocolate eating myself and now I need something delicious like this to counteract everything else I consumed this weekend 🙂

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  6. Joanne

    I scrambled eggs into my pad thai a few weeks ago and now I’m OBSESSED with the concept. Scrambled eggs in everything! But especially cauli fried rice. Love it!

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  7. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    We’re totally the same – I hogged all the fried rice to myself too! I’ve still never made cauliflower “rice” but this dish sounds so simple and easy to make that I’m definitely going to make it a weeknight dinner soon!

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  8. Jillian

    Made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! Question, though: The cabbage made the egg turn blueish…but yours looks so lovely and yellow in the picture! How did you manage that? 🙂

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    1. Julia Post author

      So glad you made and enjoyed it! My egg actually did turn blue after it had sat for a while. I took the photos immediately after mixing everything together, so the cabbage didn’t have a chance to work its blue magic yet 😉 Thanks for the sweet note!

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