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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

4.97 from 29 votes

This easy cheesy cauliflower rice recipe is so rich, creamy, and delicious, it is definitely one recipe that you need to try to believe!

Keto Cauliflower Rice (low carb recipe)

I made the cheesy cauliflower rice for five different friends, and we all thought exactly the same thing as soon as we tasted it:

None of us could get over how much this recipe somehow tastes shockingly similar to actual macaroni and cheese!

With just 5 ingredients, the cheesy cauliflower makes a great low carb and healthy side dish that’s super quick to prepare, and leftovers reheat well too.

For dessert, make this Brownie in a Mug

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

How to make cheesy cauliflower

Gather all ingredients, and take out a medium sauté pan.

If using butter, melt it on low-medium heat. (If using oil, just add it in the next step.)

Add the cauliflower rice and salt to the pan, and continue to cook – stirring occasionally – until the rice is completely soft and tender.

Turn the heat down to low, and add the milk of choice and shredded cheese. Stir constantly until the cheese has melted and the rice thickens. Serve and enjoy.

Leftovers can be refrigerated in a covered container for 3-4 days and reheated.

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How To Make Cauliflower Rice

Keto cauliflower rice

The recipe can be customized to fit many different diets, including keto, sugar free, gluten free, egg free, dairy free, paleo, and vegan.

It reminded us of mac and cheese, with a creamy tetxure somewhat similar to risotto.

Serve the riced cauliflower in the same way you would rice – as a side dish to compliment your favorite protein source and vegetables, or as a main dish with the protein and vegetables stirred in, adding a side salad if desired.

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Riced Cauliflower Frozen Whole Foods

Cauliflower rice ingredients

For the milk: You can use your favorite milk, cream, coconut milk, or nondairy creamer for the recipe. I recommend using an unsweetened variety since the recipe is savory.

For the cauliflower rice: Most regular grocery stores and health food shops should have frozen cauliflower rice from brands such as Bird’s Eye, Green Giant, Trader Joe’s, or Cascadian Farm. I used one full package of Whole Foods brand, which is 12 oz.

For the cheese: I used shredded cheddar (Follow Your Heart brand) for the rice shown in the video and photos, but I don’t see why mozzarella or Italian or Mexican blend wouldn’t also work if you want to change up the flavor. For vegan cauliflower rice, just choose one of the many brands of plant based cheese on the market, such as Violife or Miyokos.

For the butter: The recipe works with olive oil or butter (such as Earth Balance, Melt Organic, or Smart Balance Light for a low calorie option). If you try subbing tahini or cashew butter, be sure to report back! I wouldn’t recommend omitting the fat completely, because it helps to add richness and mask the cauliflower flavor.

Add-in ideas: Feel free to stir in a handful of fresh or frozen peas, roasted broccoli or corn, or even some bacon bits (many brands are actually vegetarian). Or add your favorite protein source, such as baked tofu or black beans.

*Here are 25 more healthy and delicious Cauliflower Recipes.

Above, watch the cheesy cauliflower recipe video

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice (healthy keto side dish recipe)

The recipe was inspired by my Vegan Cheese Sauce, Vegan Mac And Cheese, and this Cauliflower Mac And Cheese.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

This easy and low carb cheesy cauliflower rice recipe is a delicious and secretly healthy side dish.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 3 – 4 servings
5 from 29 votes


  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (12 oz)
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter spread
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (for vegan, I list some brands above)


  • *Be sure to watch the recipe video above if you're a visual person. I used frozen cauliflower rice but think fresh would also work.
    In a medium pan, melt the butter or oil on low-medium heat, then add the cauliflower rice and salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is completely soft and tender. Turn heat to low, add the milk and cheese, and stir constantly until cheese melts and rice thickens to desired texture. Serve hot.
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Published on May 12, 2021

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  1. Brigetta says

    Ooohhh YUM! Love the healthy fats, veg and protein:) Can you sub nutritional yeast for the cheese? We have the Trader Joe’s brand and it’s delicious!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Katie hasn’t tried that yet, but we’d love to know how it tastes if you experiment. Be sure to report back if you do!

  2. Pat Nelson says

    5 stars
    It was delicious, even though my vegan cheese could have melted better. I added some freshly ground pepper and about 2 tbsp of Bob’s Red Mill nutritional yeast and it was awesome! I didn’t add any salt to the cauliflower because I know that Daiya cheese is plenty salty already. Definitely a keeper, thanks!

  3. Brittany says

    4 stars
    I really enjoyed the taste of this dish however I never unstable how people cook with frozen vegetables without the outcome being very watery. I scooped off about 1/4 cup water after the calliflower rice thawed in the saucepan but after adding the milk the consistency was watery again. I added some arrowroot diluted in a tbsp of water so I’m hoping it’ll thick in the refrigerator before I reheat leftover tomorrow. Any tips on cooking with frozen veggies to get rid of the water content after sautéing till thawed?

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! Just keep cooking until the water evaporates. It’s water, so it will eventually just cook off 🙂

    • Sarah says

      Hi Brittany, if you are using frozen cauliflower rice a good trick is to microwave it for a couple minutes in the bag. Then cut the corner of the bag open and squeeze the water out before you dump the “rice” into a pan. I saw this trick on YouTube and it helps tremendously! I think it also helps the vegetable absorb more of the sauce flavor too. I hope this helps!

  4. Mrs Fishie says

    5 stars
    MIL and I like cauliflower so five stars from us. Hubs and kid do not but both are it so they give it a three — average is four but forget them. Thinking May add chunks of ham and make main dish!

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