Aug 19

Thai Cauliflower Rice

Doing the cauli-rice thing.

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When you need a dinner side dish, which is pretty much every night, you could make this. No, you should make this. Well I don’t know, you can do what you want but if you were me, the you-me would make this for a dinner side.

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And besides there being a random succulent in these pictures that I bought at Ikea and am keeping in our guest bedroom…there’s also coconut milk and sweet chili sauce.  Oh yes.  You mix the two together into a creamy sauce and pour it over pretty much anything and can call it thai.  That’s probably not completely true.  But.  We do what we want here.  

And while I don’t do spicy…I’m very pro sweet chili sauce. It’s a bottle full of delishishness. (i realize that’s totally not a word.)

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So what are your thoughts on cauliflower rice? I’m in the camp that says I’m way late to the cauli-rice making party but it’s a nice way to switch up your dinner side dish game.  Because if you’re like me your side dishes may very well consist of baked sweet potato fries and side salads.  So basic.

But not basic in a fun, trendy way. But basic in a way that it’s ohmegosh so simple and boring.

We (i.e. I) need a little excitement to add to our side dish repertoire. So here we are with thai cauliflower rice. And I have to say…change is good. MAKE IT.

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Thai Cauliflower Rice

Yield: makes 3-4 side dish portions

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 small cauliflower
1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup matchstick carrots
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

thai chili sauce
1/2 cup canned coconut milk (full-fat or light)
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce


In a bowl, combine coconut milk with sweet chili sauce and set aside.

Grate your cauliflower into a rice shape using a cheese grater or food processor.  Heat a skillet with olive oil over medium heat.  Add in cauliflower rice, bell peppers and carrots.  Cook, stirring frequently until soft, about 7 minutes.  Turn off heat and stir in half the cilantro.  Stir in thai sauce.  Scoop rice into a serving dish and top with peanuts and remaining cilantro.

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5 comments on “Thai Cauliflower Rice”

  1. I used to not be able to tolerate cauliflower, but my body is coming around to it, so I guess that means I definitely have to jump on this bandwagon with you! And seriously, how could I not with a Thai twist? (I can’t resist a Thai twist.)

  2. Cauliflower rice is hit and miss for me. It has to be made correctly, and I never get it right! And Trader Joe’s sells it now, so it is for sure trendy still. :)

  3. i really like cauliflower rice but i dont make it that often. i am too lazy to rice it i think…love your thai spin on it. 

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  5. I recently tried cauli-rice for the first time, and I liked it a lot. I think I’m going to make a big raw batch that I can freeze and use instead of regular rice.

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