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Paleo Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Rice

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A paleo Whole30 cauliflower fried riceย recipe that’ll change the way you feel about meal prep. It’s the perfect side dish for any protein and tastes delicious alongside eggs for breakfast. Healthy, easy to make and delicious!

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Cauliflower fried rice is the new sliced bread. You’re seeing it everywhere, aren’t you?

Do you want to learn how to make this delicious and easy paleo Whole30 cauliflower fried rice… at home? Without the mess? What if I told you it was SUPER easy and delicious, with aย little help of our friendly neighborhood grocer: Trader Joe’s?

Has the word spread about how convenient and delicious Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower is?!

I am a huge, huge fan of cauliflower rice but not a fan of the mess I am capable of making during preparation. Usually, I just suck it up and embrace the mess since I love cauliflower so much.

Not really though, most of the time I end up cussing under my breath while trying to catch the flying bits of cauliflower in the air.

In all seriousness though, I love working with cauliflower because it is such a versatile ingredient. I’ve roasted it whole in the oven, turned it into a puree/mash and most importantly, transformed it into some incredible fried “rice”.

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A paleo whole30 cauliflower fried rice that’s a real keeper

This recipe for paleo cauliflower fried rice should become a staple in your whole30 meal prep. It’s absolutely wonderful served alongside breakfast and tastes great reheated with leftovers. What’s unique about this dish is that it can also be made vegan.

Simply omit the fish sauce and eggs, and you have got yourself a Whole30 AND vegan cauliflower fried rice dish. I’m so proud, what can I say?

One of the best parts about meal prep is figuring out dishes that you can make ahead of time and store for later use in the week. This is one of them. You can throw it in Tupperware or a gallon freezer bag and toss it in the freezer for up to 1 month.ย Wahoo!

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Did you know paleo cauliflower fried rice can be more delicious than regular fried rice?!

I’m going to be leaving this Thursday morning for Las Vegas. It’s my sister’s 21st birthday so we’re taking her on that monumental trip I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

We go to Vegas way too often. My husband believes it’s an easy & quick vaca… and he’s right. But I’m so sick of it. I’ve been sick of it for years. I can’t wait for our trip to Italy this September. He’s only been off our continent once, and it was actually earlier this year.

Remember how I was complaining about his 10 day trip to Vietnam in March? I managed to survive somehow, and after getting a taste of that, he’s ready to start planning more international trips with me. I’m super excited. Less and less time in Vegas = a happier me.

But this trip is mandatory. We have to show my sister a good time, so it’s happening. I know I’m packing all the healthy snacks… there is going to be some seriously hot weather and plenty of chances to get dehydrated.

I’m taking the necessary precautions to make sure it doesn’t happen to me. Eek.

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Cauliflower fried rice means lower carb- woop, woop!

I love serving this paleo whole30 cauliflower fried rice at summer barbecues. Fried “rice” at a BBQ- say what? It’s really freaking good alongside ribs, grilled chicken thighs… you name it.

I plan on having a couple of gatherings here this summer, and I know this recipe will be one of my go-to side dishes!

I know I’ve been all over the map lately with recipes, you guys. One day, I’m serving up a Whole30 classic and the next, I’m making decadent dark chocolate chip cookies.

That’s just how I roll. At our house, we like to keep things pretty ‘lax. SO long as we are eating real food, made from wholesome ingredients, I tend to eat a bit of everything.

That’s how I wanted to keep my blog structured. I wanted it to be realistic of the type of food we eat every day. Sure, I can churn out 30 super “clean” recipes in a row, but we like to indulge over here!

I hope that’s cool wit’chu. You lemme know.

In the meantime, you need to check out this paleo cauliflower fried rice! ๐Ÿ™‚ I pulled out all the stops to reformulate and rephotograph this classic recipe for you guys (yep, I posted the original recipe almost 2 years ago), and it’s better than ever.

Oh, and if you’re looking for another fabulous recipe forย paleo cauliflower fried rice, come check out my friend Jessica’s. She is notorious for having absolutely fabulous Whole30 content ๐Ÿ˜‰

Be sure to add this fabulous recipe for paleo Whole30 cauliflower fried rice to your Whole30 meal plan(s). It’s going to become a staple in your kitchen like it has in ours. You can thank me later… okie? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Paleo Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Rice

A Paleo Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe that'll change the way you feel about meal prep. It's the perfect side dish for any protein and tastes delicious alongside eggs for breakfast. Healthy, easy to make and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil, split in two
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 4 medium carrots shredded
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 heads of cauliflower, riced or 3 bags of Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce omit for vegan
  • 8 eggs whisked & cooked (scrambled)
  • fresh parsley chopped- for topping
  • green onions sliced- for topping
Info
Cook Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Votes: 6
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Recipe Notes

You can make this Paleo Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Recipe with bags of frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's or by using fresh heads of cauliflower. Substitute each bag of frozen riced cauliflower for one head of fresh cauliflower.

Info
Cook Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Votes: 6
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Recipe Notes

You can make this Paleo Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Recipe with bags of frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's or by using fresh heads of cauliflower. Substitute each bag of frozen riced cauliflower for one head of fresh cauliflower.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil, split in two
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 4 medium carrots shredded
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 heads of cauliflower, riced or 3 bags of Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce omit for vegan
  • 8 eggs whisked & cooked (scrambled)
  • fresh parsley chopped- for topping
  • green onions sliced- for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat a large saute pan on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Heat up ghee add diced onions and carrot. Cook until onion looks translucent.
  2. Add garlic cloves and cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add in riced cauliflower. Carefully break down the cauliflower with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook the rice until it looks soft and tender. This can take anywhere between 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add in the spices until well combined. Stir in coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar and fish sauce. Cook on medium-high heat until the cauliflower rice reaches your desired doneness (this took me another 7-10 minutes!)
  5. Carefully stir in the scramble eggs. Stir for about 1 minute until everything has been well combined. Remove from the heat.
  6. Serve with your favorite meat, fish or with eggs for breakfast.
Nutrition Facts
Paleo Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 371mg 15%
Potassium 370mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 103%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 comments

  • JenZ

    November 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I’m going to try this tonight but only have cauliflower florets, so I thought I’d mention that you can rice cauliflower easily in the blender. Just put in the cauliflower and a little water, run the blender on whatever moderate speed you have available, then drain the water when it’s done!

    1. The Movement Menu

      November 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Oh, 100% absolutely.. thank you for bringing this up . I need to add that tidbit to my post. Please let me know how your “rice” turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Juli

    November 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Where do you find dried shallots? Also, can I use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos or would that mess with the texture/taste?

    1. The Movement Menu

      November 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Hey Juli! Dried shallots I got from Penzey’s spices, but you don’t need them. You can throw in some onion powder instead ๐Ÿ™‚ You can use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos… coconut aminos are less acidic and more sweet but it won’t mess with the texture at all and very little with the taste. I say go for it and let me know the result!

  • New to cauliflower rice

    January 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    While I know you can “rice” cauliflower, I’m just too lazy. Mashed cauliflower is a big favorite of mine, but it can be a lot work. I tried making the TJ’s cauliflower rice but didn’t know how (just went off the instructions on the bag and guessed as I went along). I’m looking forward to trying out your version very soon!! Thanks for this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Movement Menu

      January 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      You’re so welcome. Please let me know how it turns out… I agree, I make a huge mess whenever I rice cauliflower ๐Ÿ™‚ haha

  • jessica

    February 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Have you ever tried this with the riced cauliflower that isn’t frozen? my TJs sells a fresh version and I’m wondering if I’d need to tweak the recipe at all. Thanks!

    1. The Movement Menu

      February 12, 2016 at 10:22 am

      No, it should be the same regardless ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sparky

    January 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    fyi soy sauce would not be whole 30 compliant

    1. The Movement Menu

      January 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Hi there. Yeah, of course not. Where do you see soy sauce in the recipe?

  • Tina

    May 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    This looks so colorful and healthy, a great way to serve up some veggies to my family:)

    1. The Movement Menu

      May 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      EXACTLY. Gotta get those veggies in ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alena Artemenko

    May 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is so delicious!!!!!!! Thank you!

    1. The Movement Menu

      May 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      You’re so welcome. Did you already try it? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Eleonora

    June 6, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Looks scrumptious!

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  • Lizzie

    September 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Ahhhhhmazing!!!! Chinese food is a HUGE staple in our house – hubs is a French chef so I think sometimes he wants an opposite flavor profile. I’m doing whole30 and he’s doing it outside work. We made another recipe earlier this week that didn’t call for cooking it as long and it was awful. The cauliflower almost took on a horseradish taste not being cooked long enough. Tonight I made this topped with Whole30 Mongolian beef and omigod… first night I’ve felt excited about dinner that I cooked in FOREVER!!

    1. The Movement Menu

      September 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Lizzie, wow this comment turned into a mile-wide smile over here. Thank you so much for taking the time to type that up. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and YES- if cauliflower isn’t cooked long enough, it will take on a funky taste! Can you do me a favor and rate the recipe (using the 1-5 star rating system towards the bottom of the recipe post)? That helps me out a ton! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lindsay

    September 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

    This may be a stupid question- but do you scramble the eggs and cook in a separate pan and then add the cooked eggs to the “rice” mixture? Or do you mix the raw eggs up and add the raw eggs to the “rice” mixture and cook until scrambled consistency?

    1. The Movement Menu

      September 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      You can do either, to be honest. I did the latter ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Marci

    September 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Does this travel well?? Tips for bringing to potluck?

    1. The Movement Menu

      September 24, 2017 at 10:43 am

      It sure does!!! I’d absolutely bring it to a potluck!

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  • Eileen

    October 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Looks great. I’m looking forward to incorporating into the whole 30 menu for my husband and I.

    1. The Movement Menu

      October 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Yes, please do! And let me know what you think!!!

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