Cruciferous Smell? Shake It Off! ~ [Riced Cauliflower Fried Rice]

by Stephanie Tulman on October 8, 2014

Riced Cauli Final 2 Holy smokes!  Today I tried my garlicky hands at ricing cauliflower.  Have you heard of this foodie trend?  It started with people using cauliflower as pizza crust.  But now people are doing wondrous things with ricing cauli!   I am so extremely proud and excited to share with you my latest and greatest, Riced Cauliflower Fried Rice!

Now, like kale and broccoli, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable….. aka, STINKY!  So I’ll be honest, I was really skeptical when I started to ‘rice’ the cauliflower.  That smell, and the thought of my potentially beautiful dish, just did not jive.  Speaking of jive, I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, as I write this.  First episode of Dancing With The Stars, one of the gorgeous couple danced to this song and I can’t help but get psyched when I hear it.  It’s like Pharrell’s Happy; you can’t listen and not smile : )   Ahem, ok, back to cooking….

Riced Cauli Ricing cauliflower is SO SUPER UBER easy.  Honestly.  Do not be scared.   All you have to do is pulse it in a food processor!  Yep!  That’s it!  I started out using a cheese grater.  Took forever.  Go straight for the food processor and DON’T LOOK BACK.  Not only is cauliflower a super healthy vegetable, but it’s a convenient gluten free alternative to rice ; )

Riced Cauli Final If you enjoy this recipe, you will FLIP for my Quinoa Un-Fried Rice.  I use quinoa instead of rice.  Yet another G-Free option!  For the vegetarian fried rice lovers of the world, indulge and enjoy!  For the carnivores of the world, add some seared chicken!

Riced Cauli Zoom I know the cruciferous smell is going to turn you off as it did me, but I PROMISE that as soon as you toss it in the pan with everything else, that smell dissipates. So SHAKE IT OFF and enjoy! ; )

xo, This Chick

Riced Cauliflower Fried Rice

Riced Cauliflower Fried Rice


  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 of a small sweet onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup frozen carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3 scallions, chopped, reserve some dark green for garnish
  • 3/4 Tsp sesame oil
  • 2 large organic eggs, whisked in a bowl
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2.5 Tbsp low sodium, gluten free soy/tamari sauce
  • salt/pepper to taste


  1. Rice the cauliflower by pulsing florets in a food processor until rice-like. Set aside - and hold your nose.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat the oil and then add the onion, peas and carrots. Stir for a few minutes before adding the garlic, ginger, scallions and sesame oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In another smaller sauté pan, scramble the eggs and set aside.
  4. Toss in the cauliflower 'rice' and stir well. Let this cook for about 5 minutes or so and then add the soy sauce. Stir for another few minutes and add in the scrambled eggs. Enjoy!


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda Dement August 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Rice is gluten free so I am confused by the reference to gluten free options to rice?


Stephanie Tulman August 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

Hi Linda, it wasn’t a statement of a gluten free option to rice. Simply, ANOTHER gluten free option, to expand one’s repertoire.:)


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