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Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac

Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac is a delicious low-carb side dish for any time of year! And if you use frozen cauliflower rice like I did, this is quick and easy to get on the table. 

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Finished dish for Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac

It’s been more than ten years since I first tried cauliflower rice, and since that time I’ve started liking it a lot more and also discovered frozen cauliflower rice! And recently when I made this Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac using frozen cauliflower rice, it was so good I knew I had to update the recipe on the blog with that suggestion! The frozen cauliflower rice eliminates the step of chopping up the rice in the food processor, and cooks a bit more quickly as well.

And cauliflower rice is so versatile for a low-carb side dish. I’m a huge fan of green onions so Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion is probably the version I make most. But if you have some of the middle eastern spice called Sumac (affiliate link), I urge you to try this version with a few fried onions for flavor and a generous sprinkling of Sumac on the top. I’d love this as a side dish for most anything cooked on the grill.


Steps for making Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac

Steps for making this recipe:

(This is just a summary of the steps; scroll down to see complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Chop onion into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil, then add onions, turn heat to medium and let them cook. Be sure to turn them a few times so they don’t burn. Cook until the onion is nicely brown.
  3. While onions cook, break the frozen cauliflower apart inside the bag. (Or if you prefer fresh cauliflower, follow steps in the recipe to make the fresh cauliflower into “rice”.)
  4. When onions are nicely browned add the cauliflower and more olive oil, season generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and turn heat to medium high.
  5. Let cauliflower cook, turning often, until liquid has cooked off, and it’s lightly browned and cooked to your liking.
  6. Sprinkle cauliflower generously with Sumac (affiliate link) and serve hot.
  7. I didn’t think it reheated particularly well, so I’d only make enough for one meal. You can refrigerate the uncooked ingredients separately to make it again another day.

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Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This would be a great side dish for Greek Lamb Souvlaki, Very Greek Grilled Chicken, or West African Chicken and Peanut Stew with Chiles, Ginger, and Green Onions

More Low-Carb Cauliflower Recipes To Try:

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cauliflower Hummus from A Veggie Venture
Easy Cheesy Baked Keto Cauliflower from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Paleo Dirty Rice from Elana’s Pantry
Twice Baked Cauliflower from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Finished dish for Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac

Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac is a delicious low-carb side dish and using frozen cauliflower rice makes this extra easy.

Ingredients

  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • two 12 oz. pkg. frozen cauliflower rice (see notes)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • generous amount of Sumac for seasoning (or see notes below for other options)

Instructions

  1. Chop onion into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Heat the olive oil, then add onions, turn heat to medium-high and let them cook until they're nicely browned, about 10 minutes. Be sure to turn onions a few times so they don't burn.
  3. While onions cook, break the frozen cauliflower apart inside the bag. (Or if you prefer fresh cauliflower, follow steps below the recipe to make the fresh cauliflower into "rice".)
  4. When onions are nicely browned add the cauliflower and the other tablespoon olive oil, season generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and turn heat to high.
  5. Let cauliflower cook, turning often, until liquid has cooked off, and it’s lightly browned and cooked to your liking, probably about 8-9 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle cauliflower generously with Sumac (affiliate link) and serve hot.
  7. I didn’t think it reheated particularly well, so I’d only make as much as I would eat at that meal.

Notes

To make this recipe with fresh cauliflower: Trim leaves and some of the stem from the cauliflower and cut into thick slices. Use a steel blade in the food processor. Add the sliced cauliflower and pulse until the texture resembles rice, or slightly bigger. (You may need to do that in two batches.)

I highly recommend the Sumac (affiliate link)used here to season the cooked cauliflower, but if you don't want to buy that use sweet or smoked paprika or even Spike Seasoning (affiliate link).

This recipe created by Kalyn, inspired by several rice recipes in cookbooks and on food blogs. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Of course Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac is a perfect choice for any low-carb diet plan, although you might want to use less onion if you’re being really strict on carbs. It would also be approved for all phases of the original South Beach Diet.

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    40 Comments on “Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac”

  1. I love the idea of cauliflower with fried onions and sumac! But I might be lazy and just steam coarsdly chopped cauliflower and toss it in the caramelized onions and then sprinkle the dish with sumac. (I adore sumac and have only relatively recently discovered how wonderful it is.)

  2. Yum! Looks and sounds delicious! Saving this recipe, thank you!

  3. You may already know….but I just got my Penzey's catalog and they now have "sumac."

    Dawn

  4. Daily Chef, glad you liked it, and I think under curry or stew is the perfect way to eat this, as long as you have flavors that blend with cauliflower.

    Joanne, thanks. Fun to hear from a non-dieter who likes this too.

    Anon, no one has called me sugar for a long time now! Definitely you're going to survive (and thrive!)

    Diane, I like it a lot, but you do have to be sure you like cauliflower, and if you're serving it under something it has to blend with the flavor of cauliflower.

    Maria, not sure if this will fly for someone who doesn't like cauliflower, let me know.

    Christine Sumac tastes a bit like lemon with a slight bitter undertaste, very good!

  5. I'm a cauliflower lover – mashed, pureed, steamed, roasted – I love it all. This is a great recipe that I'm sure I'll use often. I've never tried sumac but if you like it, I think I would too. 🙂

  6. Love this recipe. Josh doesn't like cauliflower but maybe I can trick him with this dish:)

  7. I'm with the others that mashed cauliflower never appealed to. I am however very intrigued by this recipe. I can't eat rice so this could be just the substitute I've been looking for. I usually use quinoa but this could rock my world. Just came home with a new head of cauliflower and will be making this on Monday!

  8. This sounds so delicious.

    Sugar,I think you're going to help me survive this diet.

  9. I actually love cauliflower rice (or I just love cauliflower) even though I am nowhere near a South Beat Diet lifestyle. I love the spices you topped it with. Delicious.

  10. Wow. This was delicious. I don't follow the south-beach diet, which allowed me some liberty with the curry I had the rice with…and it was amazing! thanks!

  11. Karina, thank you! I definitely liked it; perfect to serve with curry.

    Nicole, glad you like the sound of it.

    Ricki, sounds interesting.

    Year on the Grill, not too bad with the food processor, but by hand I think it would be a messy job.

    Dara, I really like it chunky like in this photo. I agree, cauliflower is good with so many flavors.

    PJ glad you like it, and such a great way to use Sumac.

    Hippie Family, good timing, huh?

    Ross, glad it was a hit.

    Amy, thanks for sharing that. So nice to know that the food is appealing even to people who aren't dieting.

  12. Even though I don't follow South Beach, your blog is my favorite for healthy new recipes. Thank you so much for all you do! My family and I are healthier because of your great recipes.

  13. This one's a hit in my household. Wife thought it was couscous at first. Thanks, Kalyn!

  14. I just heard about this! I can't wait to try it and the recipe was almost hand delivered!!

  15. cauliflower rice is such a great idea! you have cooked it to perfection so it still retains a very fluffy texture like real rice. I love sumac on pretty much everything, great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  16. I have come to appreciate the flavor of cauliflower over the last several years. In particular, I like how easily it pairs with so many herbs, cheeses, and other vegetables. I'm very intrigued by the texture of this dish and am looking forward to trying it.

  17. I have had them, and they do take quite a bit of work, But they sure are worth it when lots of goodies are tossed in… like these

  18. Sounds wonderful. I love new ways to use cauliflower! I didn't like mashed cauliflower, either, until I pureed it with roasted parsnip and some white beans (yum). Have you tried the raw cauliflower "fried rice"? Also quite delicious!

  19. Love this idea! I'm a big fan of cauliflower and I only recently tried it pureed (and loved it). I'm gonna give this a try next! 🙂

  20. The idea of mashed cauliflower never appealed to me either until I saw your pureed cauliflower with garlic, Parmesan and goat cheese. I bet this recipe is a winner, too. Sounds fabulous.