Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice is INSANELY delicious. It's an easy to make and low carb option for when you're craving Chinese takeout. Made with cauliflower, eggs, your favorite veggies, garlic, ginger, cashews, and sesame seeds. Yum!

A close up of paleo cauliflower fried rice in a pan.

What you're looking at here, my friends, is the best damn cauliflower fried rice. It's a big claim, I know. But it's 100% true.

Honestly, I'd even go as far as to say it's the best fried rice ever. (gasp!)

This recipe is meant to serve 4 people as a side dish, but it takes all my will power not to eat the entire batch all to myself. It's that good.

5 reasons you'll love this cauliflower fried rice

  1. Garlic, ginger, scallions, and sesame oil give it SO MUCH flavor. There is nothing bland or boring about this recipe.
  2. Crunchy toasted cashews. Big time in the flavor department AND the perfect bite.
  3. If you can't control yourself (no judgment!) and wind up eating the whole batch to yourself, you can still be happy knowing you're full of healthy vegetables and protein.
  4. Low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo fried rice that magically tastes better than any Chinese takeout I've ever tried.
  5. The perfect recipe for meal prep. Seriously, this cauliflower fried rice is even delicious served cold for tomorrow's lunch. I've tested this enough times to know it's true!

Looking down on a pan of cauliflower fried rice with cashews.

The first time I made this recipe was YEARS ago when I started learning about the paleo diet. I remember being amazed that cauliflower rice could taste so good. Honestly, it still does my head in.

It's so similar to the real thing that even my handsome man, who generally will not eat veggie versions of rice and noodles, loves this recipe. That's how I know it's a real winner. 

How to make cauliflower fried rice

Lucky for us, this recipe is super easy to make.

  1. Saute some garlic, ginger, and scallions. Then add your cauliflower rice, carrots, chili flakes, and coco aminos. ← If eating paleo isn't important to you, feel free to use soy sauce instead of coco aminos.
  2. Let the veggies soften then add some peas and sesame oil to the pan.
  3. Now all you have to do is push the rice to the sides of the pan, pour in some whisked eggs, and scramble them.
  4. Mix the cauliflower fried rice with the scrambled eggs, the cashews, sesame seeds, and some green onions and dinner is ready!

A pan of healthy cauliflower fried rice with carrots, peas, eggs, and cashews.

How to make cauliflower rice

If you're new to using veggies to replace rice or noodles, it might seem difficult. Don't worry, it's really easy. There are a few different ways you can make cauliflower rice:

  1. Buy it! This is by far the easiest. Most stores carry packages of cauliflower rice in the refrigerated section of the produce department.
  2. Use a grater. Take a head of cauliflower and use the large holes on a grater to grate it.
  3. Use a food processor. You'll need to work in a couple of batches and make sure not to process it too much or the texture will be too fine.
  4. Use a knife. When I don't buy cauliflower rice, I use my knife to make it as I find it's the easiest and least messy option. Separate the cauliflower into florets and mince them into rice-sized pieces.

A close up shot of paleo cauliflower fried rice doted with cashews and green onions.

What to serve with this cauliflower fried rice recipe

You could easily serve this recipe as a main dish. If you do, count on it serving 2 people. But it's also great as a side dish. Here are a few of my favorite chicken recipes that I think go great with this cauli fried rice:

A wooden spoon taking a scoop of paleo cauliflower fried rice.

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Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 side servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice is INSANELY delicious. It's an easy to make and low carb option for when you're craving Chinese takeout. Made with cauliflower, eggs, your favorite veggies, garlic, ginger, cashews, and sesame seeds. Yum!


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Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower (about 12 ounces of riced cauliflower)
  • 3 teaspoons avocado oil, divided
  • 4 green onions, chopped (white and green parts separated)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
  • 2 large carrots, diced small
  • ¼ cup coco aminos (can use soy sauce if not paleo)
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • ¼ cup roasted cashews, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Either grate the cauliflower or pulse it in your food processor to make the cauliflower rice.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the light parts of the green onions, the garlic, and ginger. Let them cook for 2 minutes. Add the cauliflower rice, diced carrots, coco aminos or soy sauce, and chili flakes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the peas and sesame oil to the pan and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft and the peas are warm.
  4. Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan and pour the remaining teaspoon of oil into the center and let it warm. Pour the eggs into the pan and scramble them. Once they are cooked stir them into the cauliflower rice. Stir in the remaining green onions, cashews, and sesame seeds.

Notes

If you have raw cashews, roast them in your oven at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes, or until they are golden and fragrant.