An Asian twist on cauliflower rice, which is not actually rice, but is a delicious sub if you are going low-carb. Call it whatever you want, I eat this stuff with a shovel. 

Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan

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Really though, I had to practice signing my name on an ENTIRE sheet of paper before The Autographing. I’m still giggling that this even happened, it’s so funny to me. I’m a stay at home mom with a glorified hobby, people.

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Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan

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Like, what am I, a unicorn? Only real if you shut your eyes tight??

I saw Joy a few days later and we took a selfie together so that she could prove to her sister that I’m a Real Boy. I mean Girl.

Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan

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Well, at least I’ll have a legend to leave my grandkids. “One time, someone asked me to sign a piece of paper because they liked my food blog.” And they’ll say, “What’s a food blog, Grannie?” and “What’s paper?” and then I will continue baking cookies.

Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan

So! Healthy time! Asian Cauliflower Rice time. Does it taste like rice? Of course not. Don’t be silly. It’s cauliflower. BUT, it does make a great substitute for rice if you are low carbing it this month year (<–I totally have faith in you).  I did an Asian version to go with this Asian Pork Tenderloin I made a while back, which I will be posting soon.


I tried to keep this recipe as simple as possible, but there are some things you just can’t replicate with the average pantry, and one of those things is Sweet Chili Sauce. I bet you a whole pan of brownies you can find it in the Asian section of your grocery store. It’s worth keeping around, the stuff is delicious and I’ve been obsessed with it lately.

You could pair this Asian Cauliflower Rice with curry, stir fry, pretty much any kind of meat, etc. I’m particularly fond of the pork-cauliflower combo myself. (And since I’m basically famous, ya’ll better trust me ;) Let me know what you try!

Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan
Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan
Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan
Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan
Asian Cauliflower Rice from The Food Charlatan

Here is the Asian Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Glaze I mentioned. Goes great with this Cauliflower Rice!

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Asian Cauliflower “Rice”

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
An Asian twist on cauliflower rice, which is not actually rice, but is a delicious sub if you are going low-carb. Call it whatever you want, I eat this stuff with a shovel. 


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced, I used the jarred kind
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger, *
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1-3 tablespoons Sweet Chili Sauce, see photo
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice, half a lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, or to taste


  • Chop the cauliflower into roughly 1-inch pieces (see photos). Don’t worry about keeping the florets pretty, you are going to pulverize them anyway.
  • Add about 1/3 (or even 1/4) of your cauliflower to your food processor. Don’t try to do too much at once; you will get half mush and half chunks. PULSE the cauliflower in 1-second bursts, until it looks about the size of grains of rice. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
  • In a wide-bottom skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the sesame oil. Saute the garlic for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add all of the cauliflower rice. It may seem like a lot, but it will cook down.
  • Stir in rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, salt, and sweet chili sauce. Continue to cook the cauliflower until it is tender, about 8-12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  • Garnish with additional lime and cilantro, if you want.


*Chopped fresh ginger tastes great too. I’ve tried it both ways.
Make sure you taste as you go. My cauliflower was huge, so I added the high end of the ranges given. If you have a smaller cauliflower, go with less.
If you don’t have a food processor, a cheese grater works. A little messy, but does the job.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 969mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Calories: 133
Keyword: cauliflower, rice
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this to accompany a pan fried ahi meal for the family and really enjoyed it! Have made other cauliflower rice recipes in the past with mediocre reception.  Thought this one was really good.  We are GF/soy-free so used coconut aminos in place of soy sauce.  Also didn’t have the sweet chili sauce so just left it out.  Can’t wait to buy some and try it the proper way next time.  Regardless, will make this again! 

    1. I’m so glad it was a hit LS! Good idea subbing the coconut aminos. This would be amazing with ahi! you know what’s up! Thanks for reviewing :)

  2. Thank you for this inspiration. I didn’t have sweet chili oil so I used some siracha and a little peanut sauce I had. It worked great. I followed your other ingredients and it tasted nice.

    1. Ooh love the peanut sauce, that’s a great idea. Also sriracha is always the right choice. Glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting!

  3. This is like crack. I made it to go with shrimp & cashews. I always make extra for someone to take for lunch the next day. No rice my daughter ate the whole thing. Easy to modify, not a fan of cilantro used parsley. 

    1. I feel like it’s a moment in history when any dish made with cauliflower is described as “crack” haha!! I’m so glad you liked it, sounds like it would be good with shrimp and cashews. Thanks for reviewing!

  4. I’m going to make this tonight! It looks and sounds so good! I think I’m going to saute some onion and celery as well to add to it. I’m so excited about all of the flavors. It’s gonna be awesome!!

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