Chinese-style cauliflower fried ‘rice’

Did you know that you can grate cauliflower and fry it, as a delicious rice substitute?  Cook it alongside some red onion, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and egg, sprinkle it with coriander and chilli and you have a gorgeous, filling, low calorie dinner.  This Chinese-style cauliflower fried ‘rice’ takes 20 minutes to make and is also great with added prawns or tofu!  You could  use spring onions instead of red onions.

cauliflower fried rice

Grating cauliflower is easy and only takes a couple of minutes.  I grate it whole, using what I can of the florets and leaving the stalky bit in the middle.

The recipe is based on one from and recommended by my very helpful friend Noush!

Chinese-style cauliflower fried ‘rice’ – serves 2

Sesame oil

1/2 red onion or 4 spring onions, chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed or finely chopped

1 head cauliflower, florets grated

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Good splash soy sauce

1 red chilli, finely chopped

Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

Heat a good glug of sesame oil gently in a frying pan and add the onion and garlic.  After a few minutes and once the onion has softened add the grated cauliflower and stir regularly.  Add a little more sesame oil if need be.  After a couple of minutes make a well in the middle of the pan and add the beaten egg, stirring it in the middle of the pan and keeping the rest of the cauliflower mixture to the side.  Keep stirring the egg until is scrambles (don’t worry if some of the cauliflower mixture gets mixed up with it).

Mix everything together for a few more minutes, adding a good splash of soy sauce until it is salty enough.  Spoon in to bowls and scatter over the chilli and coriander.  Eat and feel satisfied!


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