Dirty Cauliflower Rice

Dirty Cauliflower Rice is an easy to prepare side dish which uses just a few common ingredients and yields tasty results.  Dirty Cauliflower Rice is a versatile side dish with just enough flavor to be enjoyed on its own or serve as a tasty complement to a main course, especially fish and chicken.  We really enjoy Dirty Cauliflower Rice as a side dish with Tilapia and Shrimp Veracruz. Relatively guilt-free in terms of carbohydrates, Dirty Cauliflower Rice is a great substitute for rice, with a nice subtle flavor of its own; its gentle texture and color bring interest and add to the enjoyment of eating it. Reheat any leftover Dirty Cauliflower Rice in a wok or frying pan and serve topped with a fried or poached egg for a satisfying breakfast or lunch.

Dirty Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cooking Time: 20 minutes, Total Time: 35 minutes. Serves: 4 as a side dish.

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  • 1 head raw Cauliflower
  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • Pinch coarse Sea Salt
  • ½ cup thinly sliced Green Onions/Scallions


  1. Rinse the cauliflower, trim and discard the green outer leaves. Cut away and discard the core, then cut the cauliflower into pieces and rice in a food processor.
  2. Heat the extra virgin olive oil and unsalted butter in a wok over a medium high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the cumin and sea salt to the wok, swirl and cook, uncovered, for 1 minute.
  3. Add the riced cauliflower to the wok, raise the heat the high and stir fry until the cauliflower has softened and is beginning to brown.
  4. Add the green onions/scallions to the wok, mix into the cauliflower and stir fry until the green onions/scallions are beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer the Dirty Cauliflower Rice to a bowl and serve immediately.

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