Savory Riced Cauliflower – Low Carb Side Dish

Savory Riced Cauliflower - You can make this dish even if you only have frozen cauliflower on hand.

Last week, I wanted to make riced cauliflower, but unfortunately, we didn’t have any of the fresh stuff. We often by frozen bags of cauliflower for steaming in the microwave, so I wondered if I could still make riced cauliflower despite the moisture from the frozen stuff. I did, and it was delicious. 

While I’ll always prefer the fresh stuff because it’s drier and fries up better, this absolutely works in a pinch for any of your simple low carb meals. It’s also great if you’re on a budget, because the bags of frozen cauliflower can often be bought for a buck, while a head of frozen cauliflower is around $3 or more here. Either way, it’s a win-win.

I didn’t snap a picture of the ingredients, because by this time, my husband was bemoaning the fact that he was “starving.” I just rushed through it and served it up with these low-carb meatloaf muffins.

Savory Riced Cauliflower

Here’s the recipe. Use it. Eat it. Yum.

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Savory Riced Cauliflower - Low Carb Side Dish

Donella Crigger
This low carb side dish can be made from frozen cauliflower. It has a savory flavor that pairs well with meatloaf and other comfort foods.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Low Carb, Side Dish
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


  • Defrost the frozen cauliflower by running warm water over it. Drain well, and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Put the cauliflower in your food processor, or use your blender on the "chop" setting. Pulse a couple of times until the cauliflower is small like rice.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet. Add cauliflower, onions and carrots. Cook until veggies are almost done.
  • Season with 1 tsp. seasoned salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown, stirring frequently.

If you’re looking for more ways to make cauliflower more interesting, check out our recipe for Mexican Cauliflower Rice!

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If you liked this post, you’ll LOVE this recipe for low carb meatloaf muffins!

Low carb meatloaf with riced cauliflower

12 thoughts on “Savory Riced Cauliflower – Low Carb Side Dish”

  1. This sounds delicious! I need to make more of an effort to cook low carb side dishes. Hubby thinks every meal should have some sort of bread as a side!

  2. I love cauliflower. Another way it is good is if you cut it up smallish and then roast it til it is crispy like a french fry 🙂

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  4. Gonna try this tonight or tomorrow with broccoli since that’s in the freezer. My mom brought us over meatloaf yesterday – Score!

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