Faux Fried Rice Recipe

One of my very first recipes on this blog was for faux fried rice. It’s made using a surprising ingredient- shredded cauliflower! It is still one of my favorite ways to enjoy a delicious dish without too many hip-hugging carbs. I made it again last night (for dinner tonight, long story!) and got some much better photos this time around. It’s also been a pretty popular post on Pinterest (say that 3 times really fast) since us women are constantly looking for ways to cut calories!

faux fried rice

Note: my kids LOVE this. Seriously. It sounds super-weird but they really inhale it and when I first made it they didn’t even know it wasn’t rice!

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Faux Fried Rice
Recipe type: main dish
Cuisine: asian
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Serves: 4
This fried "rice" is actually made from shredded cauliflower and is amazingly delicious!
  • one head shredded cauliflower (use the grater attachment on a food processor if you have one)
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (or more to taste)
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp fish sauce (omit for vegan)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup green onions
  • 1 egg (omit for vegan)
  1. Heat the oil in a wok for about three minutes. Add the cauliflower and don't stir immediately. Let it sit for a minute or two- this helps attain the crispy texture of the fried rice.
  2. Add the garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce and peanuts. Stir occasionally, but allow the cauliflower and peanuts to brown evenly. Add the carrots and egg and stir until egg is cooked through.
  3. Garnish with green onions and fresh mint if desired.


What is your favorite “lightened up” recipe?

from the archives. originally posted 2.19.2014

About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!


  1. Looks delicious. Cauliflower makes great rice sub. I love it shredded and with cheese too.
    Thanks for linking up to our Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.

    PS: you love lovely in your dress in the post below this one for wedding attire.

  2. This recipe is not Whole30 complaint but it sounds delicious!

    • Kelli Hays says:

      You’re right- I added a note that it must be modified for Whole30. The same concept can be applied- just substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce and almonds for peanuts. :)


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