Low Carb Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Or: How I got my nephew to eat cauliflower! This is developed from the cauliflower confetti rice recipe that I posted that under a former s/n I can't access - it is low-carb/diabetic diet friendly and fooled an entire dinner party last week - they swore they were eating rice. It's great with grilled meats and is easily adapted into a main course casserole. You can take this in any direction you like by just changing the spices: East Indian, Greek ... you may also add garbanzo beans and a little smoked Spanish paprika. It's even good cold. As the second reviewer said, it makes a huge batch: I changed the yield/number of servings to reflect that a little more accurately. And the reviewer who made fritters out of the leftovers? GENIUS.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grate or process the head of cauliflower to the texture of rice (I pulse it in the food processor in two or three batches).
  2. Chop the garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini and celery. You can do all of this in the food processor.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saute pan.
  4. Saute the vegetables together until heated through.
  5. Add stock and lower the heat, stirring often.
  6. When cauliflower starts to soften, add the tomato paste and spices and cook over low heat until the texture of cooked rice.
  7. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  8. Add more stock or broth as neecessary as the vegetables cook to maintain the rice texture.
  9. This can be made ahead and it freezes well.
  10. You may add cooked chicken or sausage or cheese to this to make a one-dish meal.
Most Helpful

this is a very good low carb recipe it makes a lot but I used it in place of rice in stuffed bell peppers and last night I added low carb baking mix and eggs and made fritters thanks for a great recipe

Chef susan from Sandpoint,Idaho January 19, 2011

This was GREAT! I probably processed my cauli a little too much it ended up like couscous. It was nice and spicy, and tasted like spanish rice without all the carbs! And it made a huge batch! We're still working on it... next time I'll try freezing some of the leftovers.

kyla July 16, 2008

made this to take on a 2 hr trip for a family get together, the family never guessed it was not rice. Made for Pac fall 2007

Tina Madden October 15, 2007