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Cauliflower rice is a great substitute for white rice. It's packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals that are good for your heart and body. Stir frying cauliflower rice in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic cloves, ginger root,

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How to cook cauliflower rice for stir fry

This {20-Minute} Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry Bowl is colorful, crunchy and packed with healthy veggies and a tasty peanut-Asian sauce.

A black bowl filled with Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry with chopsticks on the side.

Cauliflower Rice is popular these days, and for good reason. This super nutritious alternative to rice is not only healthier, but also has a very similar texture. And once you start sautéing veggies and adding in all the amazing flavors of this recipe, you won’t be able to tell the difference.

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Cauliflower rice is also a great option if you’re looking to cut carbs, and it’s also loaded with fiber, vitamins C, and B6 and potassium. And bonus- it has much less calories than rice.

Trader Joe’s is even on board the cauliflower rice wagon with their Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry. I like that version too, but I much prefer to make it myself at home, because I know EXACTLY what is going into it. No weird preservatives; just homemade deliciousness.

This Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry Bowl is so unbelievably flavorful, especially if you top it with this Crispy Sesame Tofu.

How to make this Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry Bowl:

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In a food processor, add the cauliflower florets, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pulse until the texture is coarse resembling rice, about 20-30 seconds.

2 photos showing cauliflower florets being turned into rice using a food processor.

Note: you can buy pre-packaged cauliflower rice to make this recipe. I would recommend though, if you do, buy it super fresh, as packaged cauliflower rice can go bad quickly. I, however, always prefer to use fresh organic cauliflower, as it’s so easy to turn it into ‘rice’ using my food processor.

After the cauliflower rice is ready, you can make the sauce. In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and stir with a whisk. Set aside.

Next, in a large saucepan or wok, heat 2 teaspoons of sesame oil over medium heat. Add the broccoli and shredded carrots (STEP 1 below) and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the edamame and green onions and heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through (STEP 2). Remove the veggies from the skillet and set aside.

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Add the cauliflower to the skillet (STEP 3) and cook for 5 minutes, until cauliflower is soft. Remove from heat and add the veggies and sauce (STEP 4). Stir (STEP 5).

5 photos showing the sequence of making Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry in a wok.

It’s as easy as that, and it’s ready to serve. Be sure to try out Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry bowl topped with my Crispy Sesame Tofu, shown together in the photo below. YUM. =)

A white bowl filled with Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry topped with Crispy Sesame Tofu.

This Cauliflower Rice Bowl is so quick and easy, and filled with colorful vegetables containing so many amazing nutrients for your body. Top it with some Crispy Sesame Tofu or Air Fryer Tofu for a fuller meal. I hope you enjoy!

Looking for other Asian-inspired healthy dishes? Try one of these:

  • Stir Fry Zen Crunch Bowl
  • Sesame Broccoli Noodle Bowl
  • Edamame Sesame Quinoa Salad
  • Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce

Helpful Tools:

  • Wok- this is a must-have for Asian cooking, as the heat is distributed more evenly than traditional pans, which will lend to a better final dish!
  • Small whisk- this is my favorite tool for whisking sauces.
  • Food processor- this piece of kitchen equipment is essential for turning the head of cauliflower into “rice”.
  • Zester- I use this tool for much more than just zesting lemons and limes. I also use it to mince garlic and ginger.
  • Santoku Knife- this is my all-time favorite knife for chopping vegetables.

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your photo with #veggie__chick on Instagram. I just love to see my recipes being made in YOUR kitchen!

Update Notes: This post was originally published in April 2016, but was republished in December of 2019 with new photos, tips and FAQs.

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