Brown Butter Cauliflower Rice
This Cauliflower Rice recipe makes a family favorite side dish and is a favorite way to get kids to eat more vegetables. Just a bit of brown butter packs a ton of flavor.
This easy Brown Butter Cauliflower recipe is naturally gluten free and low carb. It is also paleo-friendly and Whole 30 friendly if you just substitute the butter with ghee.
I’m now officially a two-kids-playing-sports mom. For a couple weeks now The Hubby and I have been juggling the two kids on different teams with practice at the same time at two different fields. But Saturday was the true kickoff to the season.
We had two sets of pictures, two games, and the Opening Day ceremonies. And with a few quick stops home for potty breaks, it also meant two little boys running through my house without taking off their dirt-covered sneakers and cleats.
Let’s not forget about mealtimes, where a good fraction of food ends up on the floor. Then there are those days they want to take out the play-dough or glue, or they want to help me cook or bake. I do a pretty good job myself spilling food, especially when I’m making and photographing multiple recipes in one day.
So add two little boys to the mix, and you can imagine what happens. Heck, even on a normal day I tend to be a little messy, like the time I was making cauliflower rice and had a bit of a blender explosion that Little Dude never lets me forget.
But I swear they get more cauliflower rice on the floor when they are eating than I got on the floor when my blender exploded…
This Brown Butter Cauliflower Rice recipe is pretty much a staple in our house.
What’s cauliflower rice?
Yes, as I said, my kiddos don’t love rice. The Hubby, though he does like cauli-tots, is not a big fan of when I vegetable-ify everything. This is a compromise that everyone actually enjoys.
Of course, I’m not sure if this truly qualifies as a recipe. It’s more like a technique, but it’s a technique that gets my family to eat more cauliflower. You’ve probably heard of cauliflower rice, where you basically chop up cauliflower in your food processor or blender to a rice-like consistency.
There are a couple of ways to do this. I didn’t invent these techniques. But I guess you can say I did “invent” my way of cooking it. So here goes…
How do you make cauliflower rice?
- With the food processor, I usually cut the cauliflower into florets, then pulse till I achieve a rice-like consistency.
- Another way is to put the florets into a high-powered blender, like a Blendtec or Vitamix, then pulse till it’s riced and drain well.
- Or you could use some elbow grease and a box grater! Burn calories while you make riced cauliflower.
- I start by browning butter in a pan.
- Then I let the “rice” cook till it too gets nicely brown and nutty, and slightly dried out. This is how my hubby really likes it. When I’ve put it into bowls loaded with things like stir-fried beef, Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken or salsa chicken, he has had to take a few bites to realize it’s not really rice.
It’s also really good if you take my recipe for Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes and pile it on top of the brown butter cauliflower rice instead of on buns – perfect for a low carb dinner! My kids would rather have this cauliflower rice recipe than real rice any day! #MomWin!
Is cauliflower rice gluten-free?
Cauliflower is a healthy vegetable, so yes, cauliflower rice is gluten-free. It is also a low carb staple, so if you are on a keto diet, this cauliflower rice recipe is the perfect addition to your cauliflower rice repertoire.
If you use ghee instead of butter, it’s also a yummy and easy paleo side dish or something to enjoy while you taking on the Whole 30. But I just love it and will eat it 365 days of the year!
If you like this cauliflower rice recipe, try these other healthy side dishes:
- Browned Butter Whipped Butternut Squash
- Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
- Browned Butter Peas and Carrots
- Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Manchego Cheese
You could also change up your cauliflower rice recipe by making what Kalyn’s Kitchen calls The Best Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion.
Turn it into a meal with Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet Dinner from All Day I Dream About Food.
Or try this Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice from the Reluctant Entertainer.
And don’t forget, you can transform cauliflower into almost everything!
Brown Butter Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Cauliflower rice is delicious on its own. But when the flavor is amped up with brown butter, the cauliflower takes on a nutty taste that is absolutely delicious! This is a healthy side dish and a great way to get kids to eat veggies!
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Brown Butter Cauliflower Rice
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 1 Tablespoon butter or ghee
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Cut cauliflower into florets. In batches, pace cauliflower in a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until it achieves a rice-like consistency.
- In a large pan over medium heat, melt butter and allow it to sizzle until it gets lightly browned in color.
- Add the cauliflower and salt, then stir to coat completely, and smooth to a single layer.
- Stir every 4-6 minutes. After about ten minutes the rice will start to brown on the bottom, so you may have to stir more frequently.
- Cook for a total of 20-30 minutes, until tender, browned and slightly dried out.
Originally published Apr 19, 2016.