Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice

Rice made from cauliflower topped with parsley in brown bowl

Do you love the idea of eating low carb? This Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice is the dish you need! It's the perfect substitute for rice, without giving up on the texture and taste. It's also vegan, gluten-free and takes just 10 minutes to make!

Rice made from cauliflower topped with parsley in brown bowl

Cut out the carbs and whip up this simple keto-friendly side dish. Most people say it's the perfect alternative and can't really tell a difference!

The great part about using a head of cauliflower to make cauliflower rice is that it keeps the dish inexpensive. Good food at a great price? Count me in every time!

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Why This Recipe Works

This easy cauliflower recipe works because it takes just 10 minutes to make. When it comes to cutting carbs, it really doesn't get any easier than this.

  • It's the perfect way to get that rice texture without the rice carbs
  • You can season cauliflower rice the same way that you'd season rice
  • Leftover cauliflower rice reheats and warms up really well

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients needed to make instant pot cauliflower rice

Cauliflower - A medium head of cauliflower works best. Using your food processor to cut it into pieces will speed up the prep time tremendously.

Olive oil - You can also use coconut oil or avocado oil as well. You can add a little more than 1 teaspoon if needed.

Scallions - Chop them up so that they're not a big texture.

Salt & Pepper - To taste.

Garlic powder - Minced garlic would also be really good!

Onion powder - Just a little bit pairs really well with the rest of the ingredients.

Lime juice - Fresh lemon juice could be a great option also. Optional.

How to make Cauliflower Rice

All you need are the simple ingredients listed above to get started! You'll have hot and fresh cauliflower rice in no time at all!

Step One: Chop up the head of cauliflower or put it into the food processor to let it do all the hard work. Put it into a bowl to have ready to pour into the Instant Pot.

Step Two: Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot.

Step Three: Press the saute button for 5 minutes.

Step Four: Pour in the diced cauliflower and scallions. Add the salt and pepper and the rest of the ingredients and stir.

Step Five: After 5 minutes have passed, serve and enjoy!

Variations

Use different seasonings - The great thing about cooking up riced cauliflower is that you can make it taste like whatever you want. Seasonings like chili powder add heat, or you can add Everything Bagel Seasoning, too.

Add butter - I'm a sucker for adding a little bit of butter to any of my rice recipes.

Add cilantro - Fresh cilantro is the perfect ingredient to give the rice a refreshing taste.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't be tempted to use frozen cauliflower rice. Can you? Of course - but it won't taste the same as chopping up a head of cauliflower.
  • If the rice is dry when it's cooking in the Instant Pot, you may need to add a tad bit more oil. You can also pour in a smidge of bone broth as well for flavor.

How to Serve

The great thing about this dish is that it's really versatile in how it can be served. You can load up a bowl and enjoy it or make it the perfect side dish for any meal.

I love pairing it with Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast.

Recipe FAQs

How do you make cauliflower rice not soggy?

To not make the rice soggy, be sure that you don't add too much oil and don't overcook it. Both of these cooking techniques will make it soggy.

Is cauliflower rice supposed to be crunchy?

The texture of cooked cauliflower rice should have a slight crunch but not be anything like the crunch of eating raw cauliflower.

How many calories are in 1 cup of cauliflower rice?

There are just 25 calories in one cup of cauliflower rice. Now you can see why it's such a great alternative for those who want to cut calories and carbs.

Instant Pot gluten free and low carb recipes

Are you looking for even more gluten-free recipes? Here are some other great options that you'll love!

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Rice made from cauliflower topped with parsley in brown bowl

Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice

Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice is the perfect low carb dish! It's the perfect way to cut carbs without cutting the flavor.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, gluten free, Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice, ketogenic, paleo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup scallions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • lime juice optional

Instructions

  • Chop up the head of cauliflower or put it into the food processor to let it do all the hard work. Put it into a bowl to have ready to pour into the Instant Pot.
  • Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot.
  • Press the saute button for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the diced cauliflower and scallions. Add the salt and pepper and the rest of the ingredients and stir.
  • After 5 minutes have passed, serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 38kcal Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 2g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0.2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 31mg Potassium: 328mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 83IU Vitamin C: 48mg Calcium: 30mg Iron: 1mg

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Notes

  • Don't be tempted to use frozen cauliflower rice. Can you? Of course - but it won't taste the same as chopping up a head of cauliflower.
  • If the rice is dry when it's cooking in the Instant Pot, you may need to add a tad bit more oil.
  • You can also pour in a smidge of Instant Pot bone broth for flavor.
  • Looking for more flavor? Feel free to add chili powder or Everything Bagel Seasoning.
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