Ahhh… Cauliflower — the bane of my existence. Everyone is using Cauliflower as a substitute for everything these days. Substitute for rice, potatoes, bread, ice cream….. life….. etc, the list goes on!
I disliked cauliflower all my life until I started a Ketogenic Diet. The day I started Keto, I took a head of Cauliflower, raised it up in the air and blessed it with my presence. We were meant to be. Is Cauliflower the answer to my rice prayers?
…. not quite. But pretty damn close.
But Cauliflower smells like…
Let me tell you about my first time….. first time ricing a head of Cauliflower, that is.
JUST FYI: I truly never warmed up to the taste of Cauliflower. Even now. I have to mask the taste for me to enjoy it. But I’ll get to that in a bit.
Looking through the “Googles“, I found video instructions on how to make riced Cauliflower. Here’s what the instructions said:
- Throw Cauliflower in the food processor
- And go to town.
Don’t do that. Nope. Want to know why?
BECAUSE CAULIFLOWER (DURING THAT PROCESS) SMELLS LIKE TURTLE POOP. *cries*
That’s right. I said it, it had to be said. And I’ll keep saying it! Cauliflower police, come at me! I’m ready to fight.
I wore a mask that day. My apartment smelled like weasels snuck in, farted and enjoyed margaritas for hoursssss. I swore up and down I would never rice another Cauliflower ever again.
I threw in the towel (and the riced Cauliflower) and went to Trader Joes and bought ready-made riced Cauliflower in a bag. I thought I had it made.
RICED CAULIFLOWER IN A BAG? ARE YOU SERIOUS? IS THIS THE ANSWER TO MY CAULIFLOWER PRAYERS?
…. not quite. But almost.
Back in the day, Trader Joes only had Organic Riced Cauliflower in the frozen section. I must have snagged 2-3 bags when I saw them. They changed the game up and started carrying regular Riced Cauliflower in the produce section, but back then they didn’t.
So it was either the frozen Riced Cauliflower or smell farts the whole day. Close call, but I chose the frozen riced Cauliflower every time.
Naturally, I wanted to make Cauliflower Fried Rice. I just started Keto and one of the things I missed was… rice. Rice everything. So I followed more instructions from the “Googles” and found a simple & easy recipe for “Cauliflower Rice”. Here’s what the instructions said:
- Heat Pan. Throw in oil and riced Cauliflower.
- Add Salt and Pepper.
- Sauté until Cauliflower is cooked through.
So.. it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Honestly, let me say this — it was probably my fault for following it to a T, knowing that I don’t like seasoning things with just salt and pepper. I threw in the towel and swore up and down that I wouldn’t eat Cauliflower Rice ever again.
Instead of ricing the Cauliflower in the food processor/grater or buying bagged Riced Cauliflower, I decided to try a rough chop. SUCCESSSSS. No more super gag-inducing turtle poop smell! I mean… there was a slight smell. But it never got to the point where I had to search for weasels in my apartment.
Also, having different sized pieces of Cauliflower helped with the texture. I tend to have a gag reflex for weird textures — Cauliflower happens to be one of them. But a rough chop helped with that. If you also have adverse effects with textures, try a rough chop and see if that helps.
And of course, feel free to rice your Cauliflower any way you like! This is just a preference of mine.
What’s that green stuff?
It’s Edamame! It’s usually housed in a cute little pod — so snug.. so happy. I like eating Edamame plain but I love it in Cauliflower Rice. It adds some texture and a slight crunch to the dish. Edamame comes shelled in a bag like this or you can find ready-to-eat ones. I know Trader Joes carries them!
I was thinking about adding scrambled egg to this, but decided against it because of the Shrimp. I suppose you could omit and add scrambled Eggs, Carrots (if you like to live dangerously!), green onions, etc.
It’s also great with Tofu! I just like using Shrimp because it lessens the taste of Cauliflower, because even to this day I’m not fond of it. I’ve got to cover it up in sauce, roast it, or in this case, toss some shrimp up in that!
And with that said.. here’s the recipe!Print
Cauliflower rice doesn’t have to be boring! Try my Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice — it pairs nicely with steak or grilled chicken!
- 1 lb Peeled Raw Shrimp
- 900g Raw Cauliflower
- 10g Garlic
- 30g Onion
- 3–4 oz Ready-to-eat Edamame
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1–2 tbsp Refined Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)
- In a small bowl, mix salt, black pepper and shrimp together. Set aside.
- On medium heat, using a skillet*, heat up oil and sauté garlic until slightly brown. Add onions and caramelize.
- Turn heat to medium-high and add the cauliflower.
- Add Soy Sauce and toss to coat. Keep the heat on medium-high. Toss frequently for 5-7 minutes.
- Once cauliflower is halfway done, add the Shrimp. Turn heat on high and toss frequently for 10 mins. You don’t want the cauliflower to burn, but at this point, almost all of the water from the cauliflower should be gone, especially if you used fresh cauliflower. If not, keep tossing the cauliflower to prevent from burning.
- Add Edamame once Cauliflower is cooked to your liking. Mix well.
- Turn off heat & toss some green onions on top and serve.
If you use a skillet or frying pan, try to use one that’s around 12″. My pan is 14″ and it works well. You can also use a wok!
- Method: Stir Fry
- Cuisine: Asian
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