Best Ever Cauliflower Rice

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The Best Ever Cauliflower Rice Recipe – delicious easy low carb rice that is quick and easy to prepare and packed with rich buttery flavor even picky eaters love!

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Easy Cauliflower Rice

This easy cauliflower rice is a complete knockout – great in salads, bowls, and alongside dinners you’d normally add rice to.

It is very low in carbs and calories, but with a rich buttery flavor – you’re going to love it!

You can use store bought pre-riced cauliflower, or use chopped cauliflower florets or a whole cauliflower head – this recipe is incredibly versatile.

Serve this rice alongside pork tenderloin, pot roast, carne asada, or baked chicken breasts!

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do.

browned cauliflower rice in a white bowl.

How to Rice Cauliflower

If you can’t grab a bag of riced cauliflower from your grocery store (which does make this recipe much faster and easier, but can add to the cost), you can easily rice cauliflower at home.

To rice cauliflower, rough chop cauliflower florets and stems in a food processor until you have small bits.

Make sure to chop, don’t blend.

Is Cauliflower Rice Low Carb?

This recipe for cauliflower rice is low carb diet compatible and keto diet approved, as we’re using whole, fresh cauliflower that has not been processed.

Eating fresh, healthy, whole foods is a great way to feed your family – regardless of your diet or eating plan.

We designed this recipe to be adaptable to any herbs or spices you’d like to add to the recipe, but please consider the carb count of anything you add if using a pre-mixed spice packet like taco seasoning or ranch dressing powder.

How To Cook Cauliflower Without Smell

Cauliflower, and all cruciferous vegetables, can give off a bitter, funky smell when you cook them – so we’re adding some acid from lemon juice to help combat the funky aroma cauliflower can give off.

Baking in the oven also helps to reduce cauliflower cooking smells by slow-roasting, giving it a nice nutty aroma, instead of a bitter smell.

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Other Cauliflower Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this delicious easy cauliflower rice recipe, check out some of our other cauliflower packed dishes that will get even the pickiest of eaters asking for more!

You can find our entire cauliflower recipe archives here.

What to Serve With Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice goes will all sorts of main dishes and sides – but we love serving it with tasty low carb dishes like our famous baked pork tenderloin, air fryer chicken drumsticks, Easy Skillet Balsamic Chicken, Sheet Pan Mojo Chicken and Fajita Vegetables, Steak & Sriracha Lettuce Wraps, or delicious prime rib!

Check out some of our favorites below:

You can see our complete keto recipe archives here.


How long does cauliflower rice last?

Cauliflower rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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The Best Ever Cauliflower Rice

The Best Ever Cauliflower Rice – delicious easy low carb rice that tastes buttery and rich with very few calories!
Course Cauliflower
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, cauliflower rice, gluten free, keto rice, keto rice recipe, paleo rice, rice, whole 30 rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 106kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 1 cauliflower bag pearled cauliflower or 1 head diced finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder you can also use garlic salt, but if you do, do not use additional salt or salted butter
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large baking dish, add cauliflower and smooth to make an even spread across pan.
  • Drizzle olive oil or melted butter, lemon juice, garlic, and salt over top.
  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve and enjoy, or let cool and use for meal prep!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1208mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g

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About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Cheryl Deger says:

    Morning, I’m making your THE BEST EVER CAULIFLOWER RICE this morning. I’m ricing my own cauliflower in food processor then baking flowing your recipe. My question is: After baking, how long will this keep in my refrigerator? I would like to be able to use it with various other meals throughout the week. Thank You.

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      I keep cooked cauliflower for 4-6 days in an airtight container in the fridge.