Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Looking for an easy, healthy side dish that’s lower in carbs than traditional rice? Look no further than my Cheesy Cauliflower Rice! Made from frozen cauliflower rice, it’s cooked on a skillet, seasoned, and crowned with melting cheese in less than 5 minutes with no prep work required. Dive into this creamy, cheesy delight and elevate your dinner tonight!

Cheesy cauliflower rice served in a bowl being scooped with a spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re on the hunt for an easy, healthy side dish that’s both flavorful and satisfying, look no further than my Cheesy Cauliflower Rice! Inspired by my nephew’s love for cauliflower rice, this dish takes the simplicity of pan-fried cauliflower rice from my Cajun Cauliflower Rice dish and adds the element of melting cheese on top from my Bacon Cauliflower Gratin, resulting in a unique and delightful creation that so easy to make!

It’s a quick and hassle-free way to enjoy your veggies, offering tender, creamy cauliflower with a hint of heat, all blanketed in melted cheese! Perfect for anyone seeking a fuss-free recipe that I know your whole family will love! Dive into this delicious dish today and treat your taste buds to a cheesy delight!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower Rice – pre-made fresh or frozen cauliflower rice. You can usually find frozen cauliflower rice in most supermarkets. No need to blend from cauliflower florets.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted butter.
  • Salt sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper ground.
  • Cayenne Pepper ground peppers, optional.
  • Shredded Cheese pre-shredded cheese in a package. Cheddar, mozzarella, Mexican blend, colby jack, are good choices.

Ingredients to make cheesy cauliflower rice on the counter top.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Large Skillet

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Use a roomy Skillet to give the cauliflower rice plenty of room to cook.

Step 1 Start by placing the frozen cauliflower rice directly into a large frying pan and cook it under medium heat for 2-3 minutes and occasionally stir. Once tender, add butter, allowing it to mix in with the cauliflower until completely melted. Season the dish by sprinkling in salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and a hint of cayenne pepper, ensuring to mix well for even flavor distribution.

Frozen cauliflower rice being cooked in a large skillet.

🍳 Pan Frying Pro Tip

For optimal texture when pan-frying cauliflower rice, Avoid Overcrowding the pan. Giving it ample space allows moisture to evaporate effectively, ensuring ideal results.

Step 2 Transfer into a bowl, sprinkle cheese and microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese.

Seasoned cauliflower rice topped with shredded cheese in a bowl.

🧀 Cheese Melting Pro Tip

To achieve optimal cheese melting, you can use an oven set to 375°F and Bake for 5 Minutes. This method ensures even melting and enhances the texture and flavor of the cheese topping.

🌿 Garnish Pro Tip

For an elevated presentation, garnish your dish with freshly chopped Parsley. This adds a vibrant pop of color and a subtle herbal flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this cheesy cauliflower rice with hearty baked Trader Joe’s Meatballs, a green salad dressed in Caesar Dressing, and a bowl of Creamy Chicken Soup for a satisfying and balanced meal.

Cheesy cauliflower rice served in a bowl topped with fresh parsley.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen cauliflower rice?

Yes, you can definitely use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen cauliflower rice. However, please note that the cooking time will be shorter when using fresh cauliflower rice compared to frozen. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the cauliflower reaches the desired tenderness before adding the cheese.

How long should I cook the cauliflower rice before adding the cheese?

You should cook the cauliflower rice until it's tender to your liking before adding the cheese. Cooking times may vary depending on your preference for the texture of the cauliflower rice.

Can I add other vegetables to the cheesy cauliflower rice?

Yes, you can definitely add other vegetables to the cheesy cauliflower rice! Onions, carrots, peas, and tomatoes are some great options to consider. Adding these veggies not only enhances the flavor but also adds color and nutrients to the dish.

 

Cheesy cauliflower rice served in a bowl being scooped with a spoon.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, simply transfer them to an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. This method will keep your leftovers fresh for 5-7 days.

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Cheesy cauliflower rice served in a bowl being scooped with a spoon.

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Indulge in the savory delight of my Cheesy Cauliflower Rice recipe! With just a handful of ingredients, transform ordinary cauliflower into a creamy, cheesy sensation that's perfect for any meal. Easy to make and bursting with flavor, this dish is sure to become a favorite at your table.
4.73 from 11 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: cheesy cauliflower rice
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 160kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make a cheesy cauliflower rice recipe on the counter top.
  • In a large skillet, add frozen cauliflower rice and cook for 2-3 minutes or until preferred tenderness is attained. Add butter and mix until melted.
    Frozen cauliflower rice being cooked in a large skillet.
  • Season cooked cauliflower rice with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and optional cayenne pepper and mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle shredded cheese and microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
    Frozen cauliflower rice being cooked in a large skillet.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Calcium: 143mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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