The fastest way to “rice” cauliflower: video

I eat cauliflower often, especially cauliflower “rice”. It makes a tasty paleo side dish in lieu of rice. I have tried many ways to “rice” cauliflower, from chopping it by hand, placing it in the food processor, or grating it, with all of them proving to be a pain in the bum. Then I had remembered how my friend’s mom used to make her coleslaw. She placed rough chopped cabbage in her blender, filled it with water, and presto, she had the most perfectly chopped cabbage for slaw. Eureka! It works for cauliflower too. Very easy to do, and even easier clean up. Store some cauli “rice” in a Mason Jar for quick and healthy side dishes during the week.

Enjoy the video and take a shot of your favorite espresso (or spirit- gasp!) every time I say “so”. You’ll be buzzed by the end, I promise.

If you think this idea is pretty cool, please share.

Here is one of my recipes using the “riced” cauliflower- Lemon Couscous Pilaf.

Also my video showing you how to make Stir-fried Cauliflower Rice.
Then for some Tex-Mex, try my Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice.

My blender is a vitamix-prep (Himself likes smoothies), but you can use a regular blender working in smaller batches which is still faster than a hand grater and loss of fingernails- ouch.  The canning funnel used in the video is this one.

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  1. Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    I can’t believe how quick and easy this was! Thank you so much for the tip. I usually put off ricing cauliflower because it just seems like such a time consuming process, but this was so easy!

  2. Barbara
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

    I just tried this in my regular old blender and it was fantastic. In less than 10 seconds I had my cauli riced and in the colander to drain. I love to make this for breakfast all fried up with bacon, onions, spinach leaves and a fried egg on top.

    • April Buchwald
      Posted June 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      Barbara, love your breakfast recipe using the cauli rice. This is all new to me and reading through the ideas and recipes for cauliflower rice, yours jumped out to me as I love breakfast foods. What a way to start the day!!

  3. Yvonne M.
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    I was just wondering how well you drain it? I mean is it OK to have some water in it? I’m figuring I can always cook it a minute by itself to “dry” it out, right? Thanks!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

      You can leave a bit of water if you want, but could cause spattering if you were to stirfry it.

  4. bbnibs
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    This was awesome! I am on a low carb diet (thank you hypoglycemia!) and have been looking for great and tasty substitutions for my favorite dishes. This little tidbit of knowledge will go a long way Ü

    • kathryn
      Posted April 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

      Thank you for this excellent idea!

  5. Posted January 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    Great idea … thanks! I took your shot idea, but instead of drinking every time you said “so”, I tipped one every time I thought you were going to chop off your fingers, which was every time you picked up your blade to chop. Please roll your fingers under when using a knife … I’d like you to be able to continue to share your ideas!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

      I’ll do a few shots with you if I cut my fingers off! Good advice:-)

  6. Barefootcookingirl
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    Hey Robin Sue – I’m loving your cauliflower rice idea in the vitamix! But, mine seems to come out too fine. I know your video shows you only blending for a couple seconds, but are you using speed 10 and High?
    Love your site! BCG

    • Robin Sue
      Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

      Try a lower speed and you can also try smaller batches

  7. Jonathan
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

    This was very helpful, thanks! I’m just wondering, around how long does the cauliflower keep when “riced?” Also, would you know if it’s alright to freeze the cauliflower rice then just thaw it when you’re ready to cook? I mean, would it affect the flavor/texture etc? Thanks again!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

      I keep it for around 3 days in the fridge. It does freeze well

  8. Falicia D.
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM | Permalink

    6 seconds in my blendtec and it was more like cream of rice. It went strait thru the fine strainer. any advice? Thank you

    • Robin Sue
      Posted February 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

      Try a lower speed for less time. Be sure there is plenty of water to churn the veg. Hope it works. I turned my back on it once and had cauli mash for dinner;-)

  9. looseal
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM | Permalink

    Can’t stop reading it PA-LAY-OH.
    Great tip on using the blender. Haven’t tried it yet but will do. Made it with the food processor and well it wasn’t as easy as your blender method.

  10. Deb
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This worked like a charm!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

      You are very welcome!

  11. Barbara
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    I guess I’ve been “ricing” my cranberries for over 40 years, LOL! I have a cranberry salad recipe that we always enjoy on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and when I’m smart enough to freeze a package or two, even in the summer. I’ve always chopped my cranberries this way, and now I’m going to do my newly purchased head of cauliflower, then put it in my newly purchased dehydrator! Loving it! What else can we rice?

    • Robin Sue
      Posted March 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

      I was thinking of ricing mushrooms next

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