You’d never guess these cauliflower rice recipes actually begin with a vegetable.

By Betty Gold and Grace Elkus
Updated August 12, 2019
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Cauliflower has been popping up everywhere in grocery store aisles, restaurant menus, and home kitchens as a swap for meat, pizza crust, flour, and more. Between Whole30 and the keto diet, the low-carb Brassica has found a lot of fans in recent years. Indeed, cauliflower rice is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to jump on the bandwagon: a whir in the food processor is all it takes to transform cauliflower florets into light and fluffy “rice.” Use it in stir-fries, homemade sushi, as a simple side, or make one of the easy options below.

Here, we've chosen six cauliflower rice recipes that are so tasty, no one will believe you swapped in healthier ingredients.

Victor Protasio

First things first. Making your own cauliflower rice is not only easy, it’ll save you money, too. Thanks to your food processor, this simple method transforms a head of cauliflower into 6 cups of cauliflower rice, basically double what you’d get if you bought it pre-made.

Get the recipe: Homemade Cauliflower Rice

Grace Elkus

Forget potatoes. Tots made out of cauliflower rice are just as tasty, thanks to a handful of breadcrumbs, a generous amount of cheese, and a sprinkling of chives (which add a subtle oniony flavor). You’ll feel so much better about feeding this cauliflower rice recipe to the kids (they’re baked in the oven instead of deep-fried), and we guarantee they’ll gobble ‘em up.

Get the recipe: Parmesan Cauliflower Tots

David Malosh

Stir-fry cauliflower rice with ginger and garlic, fold in lime juice, chile sauce, and other zesty flavorings, and end up with a guiltless version of a Chinese takeout favorite. Cheers!

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with Ginger and Soy

Grace Elkus

This Mediterranean-style flatbread—topped with hummus, veggies, and cheese—will give cauliflower pizza crust a run for its money. The cauliflower rice mixture bakes into cheesy, golden-brown perfection, and your family will never know the star ingredient is a veggie. Feel free to experiment with any flavor of hummus, such as roasted garlic or roasted red pepper.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Flatbread With Hummus and Artichokes

Grace Elkus

Replacing Arborio rice with cauliflower rice is a simple way to transform creamy, indulgent risotto into a healthy weeknight staple. The best part? The dish comes together in just 15 minutes, meaning the comforting cauliflower rice recipe will be ready in the time it takes to set the table. If you’re not a fan of beets, try making this disk with any root vegetable, such as butternut squash or roasted carrots.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Rice “Risotto” With Beets

Grace Elkus

Coated in Parmesan for a crunchy, golden coating, these pancakes are great as a side dish alongside a protein for dinner or served with a dipping sauce for a party appetizer.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Rice Pancakes