I’m always terribly late to food trends. I didn’t discover kale chips until 2012 or chia seeds until 2014. Despite owning a zoodler for more than a year, until earlier today I had yet to actually make zucchini noodles, and I am woefully late to the wonder that is cauliflower “rice.”
Cauliflower rice is basically cauliflower rubble, aka the little bits that are formed when you run a cauliflower through a food processor (or, since I don’t own one, chop and chop and chop and chop). (Ok fine, truth time: I bought a bag of pre-“riced” cauliflower for an absurd price and that plus avocado toast is why I’ll never own a home. Or something like that.)
Once you have your cauliflower pieces, the possibilities are endless. Some people roast it. Others create a Mexican-style pilaf. I followed Skinny Taste‘s lead and made a quick fried rice, sauteeing the cauliflower in a flavorful blend of sesame oil, garlic, ginger, scallions and soy sauce. The cauliflower gets tender but stays toothsome, and has a fluffy texture that’s actually kind of similar to couscous. I could see myself making this often, since it’s an easy side dish for teriyaki salmon or a quick stir-fry.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (green parts only) + more to garnish
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, grated
- 1 cup frozen peas, carrots and corn mix
- 1 16-ounce bag of cauliflower crumbles (defrosted if frozen)
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a generous pinch of salt.
- Heat the olive oil in a large wok or skillet on medium heat. Add the eggs and cook, breaking the eggs into small scrambles, until set. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- Heat the tablespoon of sesame oil and add the garlic, scallions and ginger. Cook for 1 minute, until the garlic is sizzling, then add the peas, carrots and corn mix. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes, until the vegetables have begun to soften and brown.
- Add the cauliflower crumbles and the soy sauce. Mix well, then cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and increase the heat to high. Cook, stirring frequently, until any liquid has burned off and the cauliflower begins to brown, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the scrambled eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then top with the scallions and serve.