Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with Bacon and Shrimp

Cauliflower fried rice with bacon and shrimp

Cauliflower fried rice with bacon and shrimp

Just yesterday I was listening to a podcast on super foods, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that cauliflower is one of them.  I love it and eat it all the time.  So I was happy to hear that there are so many benefits to incorporating this lovely vegetable into one’s diet.

The other night, I made a huge batch of Cauliflower Fried Rice for myself (Denis and Jamie don’t eat cauliflower… 😦   They don’t know what they are missing!).

I had thought I had already done a fried rice post here, but it turns out I haven’t!  Fried rice is a favorite in our household.  I don’t make it the traditional way — I always add bacon.  We love the smoky flavor it imparts.  And you don’t have to use as much oil — everything gets mostly cooked in the bacon fat.  I add a bit of water later on and steam/braise the fried rice until everything comes together.  Then I season it all with sesame oil (a must!) and soy sauce.  When the kitchen begins to smell like smoky bacon and nutty sesame oil, people will come wandering in, mouths watering.

Since I didn’t feel like eating a ton of rice, and because there wasn’t enough anyway, I made mine with cauliflower rice recently.  It was really delicious and much lighter, but filled with as much flavor.  This is a perfect alternative for people who are reducing their starch intake.  Half a head of cauliflower makes a lot of “rice”!  You can eat tons of it with abandon, knowing you are getting a ton of nutrients, fiber, and protein.

cauliflower fried rice 3

Cauliflower Fried Rice

1/2 head of cauliflower

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 medium onion, diced

2 slices of bacon

2 sprigs of green onion, sliced finely

2 cups of veggies (I used zucchini, steamed broccoli, and frozen corn and peas)

1 cup of shrimp (deveined and cleaned), or cooked chicken, ham, cubed tofu, or other protein of choice

1 teaspoon sesame oil


1 tablespoon soy sauce

1.  Process cauliflower in a food processor until it has the consistency of rice.  Set aside.

2.  Cook egg in a small skillet on stove.  Remove to cutting board and chop coarsely. Set aside.

3.  Cut bacon into small pieces using kitchen shears.  Heat a large cast iron skillet or non-stick pan.  Add bacon.

4.  When a bit of fat has rendered from the bacon, add the chopped onion.  Saute until almost translucent.  Add other vegetables and meat if you are using it.  When softened, add cauliflower.  Drizzle with sesame oil. If pan seems dry, add a bit of water and cover pan with a lid.  Turn down low and braise until vegetables are cooked to your liking.

5.  Add soy sauce, chopped egg, and scallions.  Stir to incorporate.  Serve immediately.

Makes 2-4 servings.


Note:  You can also use about 2-3 cups of leftover cooked rice in place of the cauliflower (or a combination!) to make regular fried rice.

My regular fried rice with bacon

My regular fried rice with bacon




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31 responses to “Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with Bacon and Shrimp

  1. Yum, two of my favorite things, cauliflower and BACON! I’ve made cauliflower rice, but never thought to use bacon and bacon fat. I have all the ingredients and will be making a big ol’ batch up tomorrow!

  2. It looks delicious! Will have to try it! 🙂

  3. I’m a huge cauliflower fan and this looks amazing. I even make a Mac and Cheese that uses Cauliflower as part of the sauce. It’s not paleo or anything, but the cauliflower in tastes like cheese!

  4. Pork and shellfish is one of my favorite combinations. Looks great!

  5. This looks fantastic. I love cauliflower, but it’s one of those veggies like Brussels sprouts that I think really require a cook who knows how to make them. It sounds like this turned out really well.

    • Another SIMPLE way to cook it is to roast it — just toss with olive oil and season with salt and roast for about 20-30 minutes(stirring after about 20) in a 400 degree oven! Brussel sprouts are also great this way!!

  6. Both look yummy! I don’t have a food processor… any ideas for “ricing” cauliflower without one?

  7. I can’t believe your boys won’t try this…it’s fried and has bacon! I love cauliflower for its versatility! Happy Nesting.

  8. The bacon must add a nice and delicious kick of flavour in this ‘rice’ what a wonderful idea 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. This is fabulous and flavorful. My husband didn’t think he liked cauliflower until he actually tried it!

  10. OMG! Absolutely wonderful! I’m gonna try it!

  11. I followed your recipe yesterday. YUM! Even my Texas meat-and-potatoes hubby loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I loved your broccoli soup made with cauliflower instead, so I’m sure I will love this great idea of cauliflower fried rice, too! (Of course I’ll skip the bacon and just use corn oil instead, lol) sounds excellent! ♥♥♥ ;^)

  13. This is spectacular. I dont normally fancy cauliflower but I find as I grow older, my palate is changing and so I am becoming more appreciate of new meals and recipes. I love 🙂 fried rice, so I am definitely going to try. Not to mention the fact that it has in bacon and sweet corn, two of my favourites.

    This is really nice

  14. Perfect 🙂 thank you very much this is very tasty !!!

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