The flavor of garlic and the crunch of green onion makes this Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion THE BEST way to cook cauliflower rice! Chop up your own cauliflower in the food processor, or use purchased riced cauliflower for this tasty side dish.

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Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion finished dish in serving bowl

Cauliflower rice has turned into one of those food fads that actually stick around, and a couple of different versions of it have already been posted on this blog. Both of those are delicious, but this recipe for Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion is the BEST cauliflower rice, and this is the one I find myself making over and over.

After I recently made it three times in a couple of weeks, I wondered if this recipe was too simple to be worth a new post on the blog. Then I happened to be having dinner with a friend, and when I mentioned cauliflower rice she had never heard of it! So that convinced me that it was my duty to share this easy and amazing  recipe that I’m so mad about.

I don’t find chopping cauliflower in the food processor to be that labor intensive and I kind of prefer the freshly-chopped cauliflower. And when I make my own I like to use 4 cups of riced cauliflower. But you can use pre-chopped or frozen cauliflower rice if you prefer, just check the cooking time on the package to see if it needs to be adjusted a little.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • smallish same-size cauliflower pieces, stems included (or bag of riced cauliflower)
  • olive oil
  • cloves of garlic
  • green onion
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

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How to Make Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. If you’re making your own riced cauliflower, start with smallish pieces of cauliflower and buzz it in the food processor until it’s finely chopped.
  2. Also prepare 6-8 large cloves of garlic, slicing them in half, and slice a cup of green onions.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and cook the garlic slices just long enough to “season the oil” with garlic flavor. (This only takes a minute or so; don’t let the garlic burn.)
  4. Remove the garlic and add the cauliflower and season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Cook the cauliflower over medium-high heat, stirring often, until it’s just starting to soften and lose the raw flavor, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat, stir in the green onions, and serve.

The Best Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion found on KalynsKitchen.com

I promise, people will devour this, especially if you serve it with some kind of tasty saucy meat or vegetables over the top!

More Recipes Using Cauliflower Rice:

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Baked Chicken and Cauliflower Rice ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cauliflower Dirty Rice with Andouille Sausage ~ Always Order Dessert
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Rice Greek Chicken Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

I think this Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion is the BEST cauliflower rice, and it's the one I find myself making over and over.

Ingredients

Ingredients If You're Chopping Your Own Cauliflower

  • 4 heaping cups smallish same-size cauliflower pieces, stems included
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 8 large cloves of garlic, peeled and cut in half lengthwise if really big
  • 1 cup sliced green onion
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Ingredients If You're Using a 12 oz. Bag of Riced Cauliflower

  • 1 bag (12 oz.) riced cauliflower from Trader Joe’s or other store
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onion
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the cauliflower, including the stems, into smallish same size pieces until you have 4 generous cups of cauliflower pieces.
  2. Using the steel blade, process 2 cups of cauliflower pieces at a time in the food processor, buzzing it in short bursts until it’s finely chopped enough to resemble rice, but slightly larger. I use my beloved Cuisinart 7 Cup Food Processor (affiliate link) for this, which does a great job.
  3. If you’re using a bag of cauliflower, just open the bag!
  4. Peel garlic cloves and slice in half lengthwise.
  5. Chop enough green onions for the amount of cauliflower you’re using.
  6. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until it feels hot when you hold your hand there; then add the garlic cloves and stir-fry until you smell garlic.
  7. As soon as you see the tiniest color change in the garlic, IMMEDIATELY remove the garlic and discard. (Don’t let it brown or the garlic will leave a bitter taste.)
  8. Add the cauliflower to the hot pan and season generously with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  9. Stir fry the cauliflower, turning it over often, until it’s starting to soften and lose the raw taste, about 3-4 minutes. (Taste a little to see if it’s done to your liking; I prefer it still slightly crisp.)
  10. Turn off the heat, stir in the green onions, and serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 5.4gSaturated Fat: .8gUnsaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 7.6gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 2.3g

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cauliflower rice is a great dish for most any low-carb eating plans, including low-carb, Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, and the South Beach Diet!

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2016, and has been popular ever since! It was last updated in 2021.

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