How to make cauliflower rice with a food processor

Cauliflower rice is a versatile ingredient that can be worked into several different recipes including various types of soups, salads or sides. Its neutral taste makes it easy to add all kinds of flavors and is a low-carb vegetable alternative to grains that takes less time to cook. Read on to learn how to make cauliflower rice and expand possibilities in the kitchen by using a food processor.

Cauliflower rice recipe

Using a food processor to make cauliflower rice is a simple method that allows you to streamline the process and make delicious dishes with ease.


One head of cauliflower will yield about 4 cups of rice, or 8 half cup servings.

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • Knife

  • Food processor

  • Large skillet


Preparing tools and ingredients to make cauliflower rice will take about 10 to 15 minutes.


Once your cauliflower rice has been ground up in the food processor, it will take about 8 minutes to cook.


The total time to make cauliflower rice will take about 20 minutes.

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Step 1: Wash

Thoroughly wash and dry the cauliflower, removing all of the greens.

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Step 2: Cut

Use a knife to cut the cauliflower into small chunks, removing thick stems before placing the florets into the food processor.

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Step 3: Process

Place the cauliflower florets into the food processor, filling it until it is ¾ of the way full. Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to work in batches. Use the multi-purpose s-blade to pulse the cauliflower until rice is formed.

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Step 4: Cook

Once your cauliflower rice is chopped, place it into a large skillet and cook it over medium heat. Allow it to cook for around 8 minutes and season as desired.


Alternatively, you can also roast cauliflower rice on a baking sheet at 400°F for around 15 minutes. If using this method, lightly drizzle with oil and sprinkle with seasoning or fresh herbs.

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Which food processor blade is best for making cauliflower rice?

Multi-purpose s- blades are the most effective when it comes to making cauliflower rice. A standard accessory for most food processors, they allow you to break down a variety of ingredients with control and precision.

Can I make cauliflower rice without a food processor?

While using a food processor is one of the fastest and easiest ways to chop cauliflower into rice, there are a handful of other methods that can also be used. Chopping by hand, using a box grater, or substituting a food processor for a blender are all techniques that can also make cauliflower rice.

Can I use the stem when making cauliflower rice?

While it is possible to use the stem when preparing cauliflower rice, using only the florets will allow for more uniform results. Removing the stems and processing only the florets ensures the cauliflower can be precisely broken up into a fine rice texture.

Should I cook cauliflower rice before eating it or using it in recipes?

Cooking cauliflower rice will soften it for a more rice-like texture and is a great chance to infuse it with flavor while sauteing or roasting. However, if you prefer a fresh, crunchy texture, you can eat it raw. Depending on the recipe being used, it can be enjoyed after being cooked in a skillet or straight from the food processor.

How can I season cauliflower rice?

There are several ways that you can season cauliflower rice, such as with soy sauce or simple salt and pepper. You can also try simmering it in a bit of flavorful broth or liquid such as coconut milk along with fresh herbs or ground spices. If you are incorporating the rice into a dish, you can refer to the recipe to see what kinds of seasoning is specifically called for.

Can I freeze cauliflower rice?

If you don’t plan on using your cauliflower rice right away, it can be prepped and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Place the contents into a resealable plastic bag prior to cooking. You can leave the bag in the refrigerator if you plan to use the rice within the next few days, or store it in the freezer for up to six months.

What can I make with cauliflower rice?

There are several cauliflower rice recipes that you can try to both make a delicious meal and incorporate more vegetables into your diet. Use your food processor to add a creative twist to cauliflower rice salad with dukkah and yogurt or spicy cauliflower rice bowl with chimichurri dressing. For a creative twist, try adding cauliflower rice to these classic recipes:

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