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 March 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

    Hello, I just came across your video on fb and I am so happy. I use cauliflower a lot in my dishes, but never thought of cauliflower rice. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Posted March 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for this video! I tried it last night and it was the easiest process!

  3. Heather
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 2:15 AM | Permalink

    I am looking forward to using this method with my Ninja, little concerned about winding up with mash though. It’s a pulse blender, so I’ll just take it easy with it. One question though, do you think frozen cauliflower will make a difference to this method? I want to make “pizza dough” with the riced cauliflower.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

      It may be worth a try!

    • SumacP
      Posted October 2, 2016 at 11:54 PM | Permalink

      Thank you for the video!!! I don’t have a blender so I did use my NutriNinja. It worked just fine. I used the 32 oz container. It seemed to work best when filled only half full with cauliflower florets and then water to the max fill line. I pulsed it about 5 times. Once I accidentally hit Ultrablend, then “immediately” stopped it when I realized. It was almost perfect. One big chunk left. The big chunks float to the top, so you can see if you need to pulse it again! It takes 3-4 batches to do a whole head of cauliflower. I love this method!

  4. StephS
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM | Permalink

    I finally found some cauliflower in Seoul and riced it using your video. It is amazing! I love it. Thanks for all the recipes.

  5. Valerie
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink

    Great tip! I just processed a HUGE head of cauliflower in less than a minute…and ended up cwith what I think is the perfect texture for rice. (grin) I’m also excited to give your ketchup a try. I love mine a bit spiced, so cloves, bay leaf, allspice, and onion are on the list. I have a recipe I like to make, but the prune puree in yours intrigues me! Thank you for sharing, and doing the video DIYs, too.

  6. Posted August 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    Sort of related–have you subbed cauliflower for rice in recipes that would normally have the rice cooking for longer, like dolmas? How does it hold up?

    • Robin Sue
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

      Just like rice the cauli rice over time get mushy.

  7. Kathi Selear
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    JUST CURIOUS, Is Paleo the same thing as “Puleo” . I’m Italian too
    and never heard this reference from any of my Aunts, uncles or cousins.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

      Not sure if it is the same. My family has a funny way of making up their own words:)

  8. Jan J.
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this! I don’t have a food processor and did not want to grate by hand and make a huge mess so I never riced cauliflower. Now I can! So excited!

  9. Sis
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    I would LOVE to do this to get those good veggies into my kiddos BUT…. that strong cauliflower smell while cooking tips them off every time!

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