How to Make Homemade Cauliflower Rice
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Rice, rice baby…
Are you a cauliflower rice fan and find yourself eating it multiple times a week? Whether it’s as a filler for casseroles or even by itself as a keto side dish, learning how to make cauliflower rice from scratch is a must!
I’ve perfected the recipe for making homemade keto-friendly cauliflower rice and it’s kind of life-changing.
Let’s talk about the cost breakdown of store-bought vs. homemade cauliflower rice:
I love the convenience of just throwing a frozen bag of store-bought cauliflower rice into the microwave and having it ready in just a few minutes. But let’s do some math here for a second:
- $2.48 frozen prepared cauliflower rice x 2 days a week x 52 weeks = $257.92
Let’s also mention that this will result in 3 – 1/2 cup servings, so 1 1/2 cups total, meaning the per cup cost is $1.65. 😱
However, with our recipe, you’ll end up with 6 cups of cauliflower rice from one cauliflower head, meaning at around $2.77 for a fresh cauliflower head (my cost), your per cup cost is only 46¢, that’s 70% less!
And if we assumed you enjoyed 3 cups of homemade `cauliflower rice a week (the equivalent of 2 frozen packages), you’re looking at only $72.02 in cauliflower rice costs for the year, $185.90 less than buying pre-made!
Here are a few recipe tips to keep in mind when making cauliflower rice from scratch:
- I used my food processor to pulse the cauliflower into granules, but Lina tested the Vitamix out, and you can even use your Vitamix blender to get the same consistency.
- I recommend working in smaller batches so you can have greater control over the consistency (Lina says the same thing when using a Vitamix or blender)!
- Make sure to flatten out the bag of rice before placing it in the freezer. It will take up less room and will be easier to reheat when you’re ready to serve it.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice
yield: 6 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 10 MINUTES
Make delicious cauliflower rice from scratch for freshness and cost savings, too!
- 1 head of cauliflower
- Ziploc bags
- paper towels
Remove core and green leaves from cauliflower. Cut florets into medium-size pieces. Wash cauliflower florets and pat dry.
If using a food processor or Vitamix blender, add a handful of florets and pulse 5 to 7 times until you get a granular rice texture. You might have a few larger pieces and if so, just pull those out and pulse them in your next batch.
Pour all your cauliflower "rice" into a large bowl. Once you have processed all florets, you can now bag and store your cauliflower rice.
Add a piece of paper towel inside the Ziploc bag (this will help absorb any access liquids). Add in 2-4 cups of cauliflower rice and press down flat and seal. Store in the freezer until you are ready to use.
Cooking frozen cauliflower rice:
Microwave: Poke three small holes in the ziploc bag and toss in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second intervals. Mine took less than 2 minutes to cook.
Stovetop: If you are pan-frying the rice, place rice in an oiled or non-stick skillet over medium heat and sauté for 10 minutes, turning over rice occasionally. Season as desired. Enjoy!
Need some ideas for how to use your cauliflower rice?! Check out these 3 easy skillet meal ideas!
Yield: 6 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: 35 Calories | 0g Fat | 7g Total Carbs | 4g Fiber | 3g Protein | 3g Net Carbs
Delicious, easy, and saves you a ton of money!
As you can see, it’s pretty simple to make your own cauliflower rice at home. I love that this homemade keto-friendly rice only requires a head of cauliflower, a food processor, and a freezer for storage to have the freshest cauliflower rice around. Better yet, at a huge cost savings!
I loaded some up with leftover ground beef and cheese for a mini taco bowl as a super quick, easy, and budget-friendly meal. Having cauliflower rice on hand acts as the perfect vessel to serving up last night’s dinner in a flash.
I can’t wait to hear your creative uses for your own homemade cauliflower rice!
Now that you’ve made cauliflower rice, try it out in our Keto Burrito Bowl!
Thanks for freezing instructions! Have you tested this for longer term freezer storage, like is it still good 3 or 6 months later? Not that I think it’ll last that long in my house, but I would love to make a huge batch so I only have to cheese to one mess.
You’re welcome, Scarlet B! It looks like cauliflower rice can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-6 months.
Do your remove the paper towel before freezing? It seems like it would make a terrible mess if you didn’t?
Hi Michelle! Yes, you remove the paper towel. Sorry for the confusion!
Been making the cauliflower rice here at home all summer. I have found that the large grate blade ( like I use for cheese) on the food processor works the best!!! Goes thru once and I do not have to worry about over processing in the bottom of the processor or blender.
Hi Becky! Great tip. I once used a smaller blade myself & accidentally made mashed cauliflower instead! Thank you for letting us know❤
Easiest way I found is to chop it in even chunks and fill up to half of my Vitamix, add water and put on low. Drain and squeeze out excess water and put on kitchen towel to absorb rest of water. Repeat.
Awesome! Thanks for the tip!