How to Make Cauliflower Rice without a Food Processor

Riced cauliflower cooking on a cast iron skillet

Let’s talk cauliflower. More specifically how to make cauliflower rice without a food processor!

Cauliflower is one of those foods you either love or hate. It gets a bad rap and there are a lot of memes that go around regarding cauliflower. I always chuckle, but honestly, I really don’t mind cauliflower. Especially cauliflower rice! It’s the perfect way to incorporate more veggies into your diet (or cut back on grains).

Frozen cauliflower rice is tremendously popular, and during different periods of time stores have had difficulty keeping it stocked.

cauliflower rice piled on a cutting board

Let me tell you a secret. I don’t buy the frozen packages. Homemade cauliflower rice is so fast and easy, anyone can do it! It will also save you money! Depending on size, one head will give you about 2 bags (so in my area, that means half price)! I’m all about finding easy ways to save.

So, how to make cauliflower rice without a food processor?

All you need a a head of cauliflower, a cutting board, grater, and a big skillet.

You can’t get much simpler than that.

First, rinse and dry your cauliflower and then start grating! I grate all the way down the florets not worrying about avoiding the stem. After all, it’s all in such fine pieces and will be cooked anyway. If the stem bothers you, you can remove your florets before you grate and then won’t get any of the stem.

cauliflower rice in a large pan

All that’s left to do, is cook it. I always cook mine in a large skillet. I heat the skillet and add a little oil before dumping in the homemade cauliflower rice. Let cook over medium heat until it’s at your preference of tenderness. Add a little salt at the end of cooking if desired.

If I’m using is for something like fried rice, I made sure to pull off of the heat a touch early because will cook a few minutes longer when added to the fried rice ingredients. (You can use this recipe and simply swap the rice for cauliflower.) To use as a rice replacement in dishes like stir fry, butter chicken, or to serve with roasted sausage and veggies cook to your desired softness. When used more as a side, I always use salt!

See, homemade cauliflower rice is a breeze! Enjoy!

cauliflower rice on a cutting board and in a skillet

How to Make Cauliflower Rice without a Food Processor

How to Make Cauliflower Rice without a Food Processor
  • Head of cauliflower
  • Oil, drizzle
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Rinse and dry the head of cauliflower. Remove the green leaves.
  2. Use a box cheese grater to grate the head of cauliflower until the florets are entirely grated. If you don't want any of the stem in your rice, remove florets before grating.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. (If you don't have a large enough skillet, cook in a couple of batches.) Put a drizzle of oil in the skillet and add the grated cauliflower.
  4. Cook until the cauliflower is your desired texture and season with salt.

rice cauliflower with a cheese grater

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