Learning how to make cauliflower rice is easy. How to make it amazing is even better!
Cauliflower rice and lime in a brown bowl

Once you learn how to make cauliflower rice, my way, you will love it in so many ways. Even for the seasoned cauliflower “haters” I will show you a way to love cauliflower rice.

I have never been a huge fan of cauliflower at all. So, I have been experimenting with different ways to make cauliflower rice taste so much better.

Follow my easy step by step instructions and simple tips to make this fabulously versatile keto rice alternative in a few different ways.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice with a Box Grater

With this method, there is no fancy equipment needed. If you don’t have a grater you might be in trouble, but I am sure you can find one in your grocery shop for only a few dollars.

Simply cut the cauliflower in halves or quarters, removing the leaves and grate on the largest grater on the box grater. The cauliflower will resemble rice.

grated cauliflower rice
Grate with a box grater

How to Make Cauliflower Rice in a Thermomix

Just because I have one, making cauliflower rice in the Thermomix is my preferred method. It is just so quick and easy and works the same every time.

I don’t use any guided cooking methods, but I have made this that many times I have it down to one simple way to make and cook every time I make it.

Basically, just chop all the cauliflower into small florets.

Chopped cauliflower on a wood cutting board
Chop into small florets

Then place into the Thermomix and chop 5 sec/speed 5. I always use the same speed and time and it always comes out pretty perfect.

My tip is just to make sure if you have a lot of the core to make sure it is chopped just as small as the florets so you don’t end up with larger chunks.

I then just scrape from the bowl and steam or use as below

Cauliflower Rice in a Food Processor

Making cauliflower rice in the food processor is also super simple and fast.

Same as the Thermomix cauliflower rice recipe, simply cut the cauliflower into small florets and process. I choose to do short bursts of the turbo button or onto high speed and check the consistency of the rice. You want to be the size of a grain of rice. Be careful not to over-process.

How To Cook It

Here are just a few ways to cook riced cauliflower.

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet/pan and sauté rice 5-8 minutes until cooked to preference. Season to taste.
  2. Steam cauliflower in a steamer over boiling water for 3-8 minutes or cooked to preference.
  3. Place the cauliflower rice into the Thermomix steaming basket. Add 400g of water to mixing bowl and steam 10 min/120°C/speed 3. (It takes longer due to the water having to come up to temperature.

Ways to Serve Cauliflower Rice

There are so many ways to use cauliflower rice. I love to use a few of the methods below to flavour the rice and take away the funky cauliflower smell (and taste) in most dishes.

Combine cauliflower with spring onion, spinach and herbs. Leave the grated/processed rice to soak in it overnight. This imparts the flavour of the spinach and green onion into the rice, and in this case, makes green rice.

This can also be done with stock, coconut cream, saffron, tomatoes and more. So many options. But, this is a great way to flavour the rice to remove the smell and taste, or just make a more fragrant rice.

Even just mixed with all the great flavours of keto fried rice recipe, you will never know this is a low carb rice alternative in your dinner.

Serve with simple weekday favourites like our Savoury Mince and Red Pickled Onions.

Of course, cooking in a sauce like my amazing new Spanish Chicken and Rice in my cookbook, The Healthy Family Keto Cookbook.

More Recipes to Try

Here are just a few of my favourite recipes to serve cauliflower rice with. You can make it the star of the dish, or a great accompaniment for a keto curry dish, a stir-fry, burgers and loads more

  1. Sweet and Sour Pork
  2. Butter Chicken
  3. Chiang Mai Curry Chicken
  4. Cauliflower Wraps
  5. Penang Style Curry Chicken

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Cauliflower rice in a brown bown with lime and flowers

How to make Cauliflower Rice

Learning how to make cauliflower rice is easy. How to make it amazing is even better!
5 from 53 votes!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 15kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 10 serves
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  • 600 g (4 cups) cauliflower (4 cups)



  • Cut cauliflower into small florets and pulse in a food processor in short bursts until cauliflower resembles grains of rice.
  • Steam, fry or microwave until soft, this takes around 3-8 minutes.


  • Cut cauliflower into small florets and mix 5 sec/speed 5. Scrape from bowl in to steaming basket.
  • Pour 400g water into the mixer and insert steaming basket. Cook 10-14 min/120°C/speed 3. Check consistency and extend cooking time if needed. Season to taste.


600g of cauliflower is equal to approximately 4 cups, or 10 serves.
Cauliflower rice can be made ahead and frozen in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 3 months. I do this often with cauliflower, so it never goes to waste and I can stock up when cauliflower is cheap.
More Recipes?
Check the blog post above for more uses and links to recipes to use cauliflower rice

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.98g | Protein: 1.15g | Fat: 0.17g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 179.4mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 1.15g | Vitamin C: 28.92mg | Calcium: 13.2mg | Iron: 0.25mg | Magnesium: 9mg | Net Carbs: 2g
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52 responses to “How to make Cauliflower Rice Super Tasty”

  1. Robyn

    When freezing cauliflower rice (made from blitzing fresh cauliflower), should you cook it before or after freezing?

  2. Ann

    Frozen cauli rice is best heated in microwave from frozen for a couple of minutes. Then snip corner of bag and squeeze and twist. Loads of water comes out and fry in a wok with a little coconut oil any any flavourings eg garlic / 5 spice. Stir fry til dry and cooked. Tastes much better.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks for tip Ann.

  3. Cristina

    Hi. Do you have a recipe using frozen cauliflower florets? Somehow, when I use a thermocooker, the caulirice turns to mush, compared to using a processor and cooking on stovetop.

  4. ANNE K

    5 stars
    I love faux rice but have never found a good way to reheat at work the next day for lunch. I have a 5 minute slot for the microwave and/or flat sandwich press. Any suggestions? Thx

  5. Jessica Kirk

    5 stars
    Always looking for ways to make this versatile side. Looking forward to serving this to the familly.

  6. Katie

    5 stars
    Made this for the family and it was a hit!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thats awesome Katie. Thanks for letting us know.

  7. Erika

    5 stars
    Cauliflower rice is awesome and the flavors you used here sound so good!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Erica! Cauliflower rice is awesome, when it doesn’t taste like cauliflower lol.

  8. Jere Cassidy

    5 stars
    So many great tips for this cauliflower rice. That burger bun caught my eye, I will have to give that a try for sure.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      That is awesome Jere. Yes that recipe is a popular one too. Let us know if you enjoy it.

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