Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower fried rice

One of our many guilty pleasures is Chinese take out. We order from our favorite take out place at least once a month for our fix and always get a pint or two of fried rice. Whenever we get this as take out we always get it as a side but a few months back we decided to try to make Cauliflower Fried Rice at home but…. healthy.

Cauliflower fried rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Healthy spin on Fried Rice, so good you think it comes with the calories.
Course Main Course
Keyword Cauliflower, Fried Rice, Healthy, Pork
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger chopped
  • 1 cup green onion chopped
  • 3 tbsp garlic chopped
  • 2 cups kimchi chopped as needed
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 3-4 carrots sliced thin
  • 2 cups cabbage chopped roughly
  • 2 cauliflower heads chopped finely like rice leave stems out
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • soy sauce to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup salsa verde for garnish
  • 1 lemon for garnish

Sticky Rojo Pork

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup gochujang
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh ginger chopped
  • ¼ cup green onion chopped
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil


Sticky Rojo Pork

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Put all ingredients but pork in blender and blend until smooth
  • Marinate pork chops in rojo sauce for 1-2 hours
  • Bake pork chops on rack over a pan for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 125°
  • Turn oven up to 450° for 4-5 more minutes to crisp the pork and internal temperature is at least 145°
  • Remove from oven and set aside to be used in Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

  • Chop all ingredients listed above to their desired state
  • In large sauté pan add canola and sesame oil over high heat
  • Add garlic, ginger, and green onion. Stir and cook till fragrant. 3-5 minutes
  • Add 2 tbsp salt to pan
  • Add kimchi and 1 tbsp of butter. Stir until butter melts and let sit for 2-3 minutes over medium heat
  • Add 2 tbsp salt, mushrooms, carrots, and cabbage. Toss well with other ingredients
  • Move ingredients to side of pan to create open space. Add egg an scramble in sauté pan
  • Add olive oil and cauliflower to pan and mix well
  • Dice pork and add to pan with cauliflower fried rice
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes stirring as needed
  • Add soy sauce and additional butter to taste
  • Add additional rojo sauce to desired spiciness and serve
  • Garnish with lemon squeeze, salsa verde, and additional rojo sauce if wanted

Cauliflower has been the biggest blow ups of the last decade. Cauliflower tots, buffalo wings, steaks, rice, this list is endless really. So we thought it was the perfect veggie to make in this Fried Rice to cut the carbs and keep the flavor. The best part, you cannot even tell this isn’t rice. I promise you. I know people say that but this is uncanny. Maybe it’s the flavor and the texture mixed in that mimics your favorite take out spot so well. Whatever the case is, I am amazed.

Cauliflower fried rice ingredients

Make sure to cook the pork thoroughly and chop the veggies before you start really making this Cauliflower Fried Rice. Once you start heating both oils in the pan this recipe goes quick! We typically cook the pork first, dice it up and put it in small dishes off to the side. The same goes for the veggies. Measure out the butter too. It makes cooking this recipe so much easier.

Veggies being sauted

The first time we tried making Cauliflower Fried Rice will go down in history. All over the place, what a disaster. We didn’t have the pork done, or the cabbage chopped thinking that we would have time. As you can image, it made for a very tense cooking situation until I dropped the rojo sauce all over the floor.

That’s when the salsa verde came into this Cauliflower Fried Rice. We wanted something to top this dish and make it a little more saucy. We were planning to use the rojo sauce but since we didn’t have any left salsa verde it was. And what a GREAT accident that ended up being.

Cauliflower fried rice
Cauliflower fried rice

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