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. avatar Joyce
    Posted 05/28/2012 at 6:57 AM | Permalink

    OMG-so easy! Even I can do this! I need ways to add more veggies into my diet-this is perfect! Where did you get the funnel for the mason jars?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 05/28/2012 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

      The funnel is this one…

      Thanks Joyce!!

    • avatar steph
      Posted 09/23/2014 at 6:05 AM | Permalink

      Can you tell me which blender setting you used? Thanks!

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 09/23/2014 at 7:19 AM | Permalink

      I turn up the speed slowly then do a quick blitz on med high. Don’t over process or you will have mash;)

  2. Posted 05/28/2012 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    Love it! Do you have any recipes with rice cauliflower to share?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 05/29/2012 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

      Fallon- I will be coming out with more other than the one mentioned in the post. Stay tuned! R

    • avatar Lisa
      Posted 10/15/2015 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

      The first time I accidentally overprocessed so I drained, put in a baking dish, mixed with some softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar, more cheddar on top, baked at 375 until it was a bit firm and cheese melted, delish, just like cauliflour mashed potatoes. I guess cheese isn’t paleo though.

  3. avatar Jenn in GA
    Posted 05/28/2012 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

    Brilliant! Been “pa-leo” now for about 45 days, & love riced cauliflower! Thanks for the tip! Going to use it for my cabbage too! Wd love to hear more about your paleo journey &, of course, any recipes you find that you like.

  4. Posted 05/28/2012 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

    Great idea!!!

  5. Posted 05/28/2012 at 10:39 PM | Permalink

    wow, super smart idea with the water! i never would have thought of that but i can imagine that saves so much time!

  6. avatar KP
    Posted 05/29/2012 at 1:28 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip about cauliflower– and thanks for teaching me to say pal-eo right! (I have been saying it the same way as your Ma!). One question– you say to treat it like rice, so does that mean I need to cook it before eating it, or is it ready to go out of the jar? Thanks again!!

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 05/29/2012 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

      Yes you will need to cook the cauliflower. It can be steamed, roasted (with a bit of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil) and sauteed. I will post a video later in the week of me making a very simple stir-fried rice dish with it. Stay tuned!
      Robin Sue

  7. Posted 05/29/2012 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    What a great idea. Looking forward to more recipes using rice cauliflower.

  8. Posted 05/29/2012 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

    I’d never heard of ricing cauliflower – what a clever idea and very good job on the video.

  9. Posted 05/29/2012 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    I am sure if one can get innovative, can try the same recipe with few other vegetables too. Thank you so much for this. Awesome!

  10. avatar LaLaLand
    Posted 05/30/2012 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    WOW! Thanks so much for sharing. This will save my fingernails. I have been ricing my cauliflower the old fashion way…using a grater. You are a life and fingernail saver!!!

  11. Posted 05/30/2012 at 5:05 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing. I’m just starting g-free and this is inspiring.

  12. avatar Linda Kucharski
    Posted 06/02/2012 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    just tried “riced” cauliflower for the first time. Your tip of using the blender was genius! So easy. I made it stir fried with Scallions, garlic, olive oil, and some shredded cooked chicken. I seasoned it with Braggs liquid amino’s (soy sauce substitute) Very satisfying, I did not miss the rice at all. Thanks. Next I am going to try it with a basil pesto……the possibilities are endless.

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 06/02/2012 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

      I am so happy you “made it your own” by adding the garlic and chicken! You are so right, we can make this so many different ways. Thanks for coming back and letting me know, and for your kind words!
      Robin Sue

  13. Posted 06/03/2012 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Oh my gosh – this is so awesome!! I CANNOT wait to try it!!! Thanks so much.


  14. avatar Suzanne Sjögren
    Posted 06/06/2012 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    Excellent! Thanks for the great video I will try this tonight!

  15. avatar Heather Blair
    Posted 06/17/2012 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

    This is perfect!! Riced cauliflower helps me get through my paleo cravings. I’ve tried to rice cauliflower in so many ways and it usually ends up as mashed cauliflower. This was very easy and it comes out PERFECT. The only problem I had was that my colander has bigger wholes the the little rice pieces, so I lined it with a coffee filter and it took a little longer to drain, but all came out great. Can’t wait to make your stir-fried cauliflower rice this week for dinner!! Thanks Big Red Kitchen!

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 06/17/2012 at 6:01 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Heather! You are the best- miss working out with you girl! Hope your knee heals up soon!

  16. Posted 06/19/2012 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

    I tried cauliflower rice for the first time tonight, and used your method–wow. A few pulses in my Blendtec and it was done! You’re brilliant :) I sauteed it in butter and served with meatballs and a green bean salad.

  17. Posted 08/27/2012 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

    Trackbacked twice, cause this is truly genius! :)

  18. avatar Barefootcookingirl
    Posted 09/14/2012 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

    Hey and don’t forget to keep that water from your “rice” or any other veggie you chop in your vitamix- it’s a great start for soups! Love your site. Just found it today. You rock! :) BCG

  19. Posted 09/14/2012 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, this is fantastic! I came here from the jalapeno-cheddar cauliflower “muffin” recipe at “I breathe… I’m hungry…” and after a night of trying to chop cauliflower into little bits, I am excited to try this method for the next batch. Thank you!!!

  20. avatar Kristen
    Posted 09/19/2012 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    What method to do recommend for making “steamed rice”, and how long do I need to cook it?

  21. avatar Dawn
    Posted 09/25/2012 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    What is the brand of your blender and where can you purchase it?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 09/25/2012 at 4:12 PM | Permalink

      It’s a Vita Prep from Restaurant Depot.

    • avatar Edit
      Posted 11/21/2012 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

      Do you think it is possible to make it in a smoothie maker? Or does it have to be sharp blades blender?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 11/21/2012 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

      I haven’t tried it in a smoothie blender so I don’t know if it would work or not. You can try a small amount and see

  22. Posted 10/11/2012 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!

  23. avatar Barbara
    Posted 10/20/2012 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.

    • avatar April Buchwald
      Posted 06/02/2015 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!!

  24. avatar Yvonne M.
    Posted 12/28/2012 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!

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 12/30/2012 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.

  25. avatar bbnibs
    Posted 01/16/2013 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

    • avatar kathryn
      Posted 04/16/2014 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

      Thank you for this excellent idea!

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