I can relate to the longing for rice on a keto diet so just like many low carb dieters, I always try to find new ideas for keto cauliflower rice recipes.
As a chef, rice has always been a staple ingredient in many of the dishes I’ve crafted over the years.
Its versatility, ability to absorb flavors, and the comforting texture it brings to a plate is unparalleled. When I transitioned to a keto lifestyle, the absence of rice was palpable. It felt like a void in my culinary repertoire and, more personally, in my own meals.
However, necessity is the mother of invention. In my quest to recreate that familiar texture and versatility, I stumbled upon cauliflower as a potential low carb rice substitute.
Initially, I was skeptical. How could this cruciferous vegetable replace the beloved grain that had been a cornerstone in so many cuisines?
But as I began to experiment, I was amazed at the adaptability of cauliflower. Grated into fine granules and sautéed lightly, it transformed into a rice-like consistency, ready to soak up flavors just like traditional rice.
From stir-fries to pilafs, and even risottos, cauliflower rice proved to be a worthy stand-in.
Over time, my kitchen became a playground for low-carb rice dishes. I’ve crafted everything from spicy cauliflower biryanis to creamy “risottos” and zesty “fried rice”.
The joy of serving these dishes and seeing fellow keto dieters relish the flavors, all while staying within their carb limits, has been immensely satisfying. It’s a testament to the fact that with a little creativity and experimentation, we can reinvent our favorite dishes to fit our dietary choices without compromising on taste.
Best Keto Rice Recipes For Dinner
Below you will find what to serve with cauliflower rice on a low-carb diet and keto diet.
#1. Hainanese Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
I was inspired by the street foods of Singapore and my Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe is a testament to the versatility of cauliflower. The tender chicken, when paired with the aromatic cauliflower rice, offers a keto-friendly twist to this Asian classic.
The secret lies in the meticulous preparation of the chicken, ensuring it retains its juiciness. The cauliflower rice, subtly infused with the chicken’s essence, complements the dish perfectly, making it a must-try for all keto enthusiasts.
#2. Herb Chicken with Lemon Cauliflower Rice
My Herb Chicken Lemon Cauliflower Rice recipe brings together the tangy zest of lemon with the aromatic allure of fresh herbs.
Each piece of chicken, tender and perfectly cooked, absorbs these flavors, promising a burst of refreshment in every bite. The choice of herbs, carefully selected, not only enhances the chicken’s natural flavors but also adds a layer of complexity to the dish, making it a delightful experience for the palate.
When infused with lemon, riced cauliflower takes on a light and airy quality, serving as the perfect base for the herb chicken. Its grain-like texture and subtle taste make it an excellent substitute for traditional rice, ensuring that you don’t miss out on your favorite dishes while staying true to your low-carb goals.
Together, the chicken and cauliflower create a harmonious blend resulting in a dinner option that is both nutritious and incredibly satisfying.
#3. Shrimp Avocado Rice Bowl
Coastal flavors have a unique charm, and my Shrimp Avocado Rice Bowl recipe captures that essence beautifully.
The juicy shrimp, paired with creamy avocado and set atop a bed of cauliflower rice, creates a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. The key is in sourcing the freshest shrimp and allowing the natural flavors to shine through.
#4. Chilli Con Carne with Cauliflower Rice
For those evenings when you crave something hearty and warming, my Keto Chilli Con Carne recipe is the answer. The rich, spicy chili, paired with the soft texture of cauliflower rice, offers a comforting embrace in every bite.
For many embarking on a keto journey, the rich and hearty flavors of Chilli Con Carne are deeply missed. This classic dish, with its robust blend of spices, tender meat, and comforting warmth, often evokes memories of family dinners and festive gatherings.
The challenge of maintaining a strict low-carb regimen means traditional Chilli Con Carne is not keto-approved. However, my keto recipe allows you to indulge in this beloved dish without compromising your dietary goals.
The beef is slow-cooked to perfection, allowing the spices to meld beautifully. The cauliflower rice balances the dish and makes sure that the whole meal is keto-friendly without compromising on taste.
#5. Steak and Asparagus Stir Fry
A tribute to the timeless combination of steak and asparagus, my Steak and Asparagus Stir Fry is a dish that speaks of simplicity and elegance. The steak, seared to perfection, retains its juiciness, while the crisp asparagus adds a delightful crunch.
This dish is a protein-packed dinner with bold flavors of the steak on top of lightly seasoned riced cauliflower that promises satisfaction in every bite. Trust me, you will love this!
#6. General Tso’s Chicken
Chinese takeout favorites have always been a source of inspiration. If you’re like me, searching for keto food at Chinese restaurants can be a challenge.
Many of the dishes, while delectably flavorful, are laden with hidden carbs, sugars, and thickening agents. General Tso’s Chicken is a prime example. Its sweet and sticky sauce, often accompanied by a side of rice, makes it a non-starter for keto enthusiasts.
The good news is, my keto General Tso’s Chicken recipe is a keto-friendly rendition of this beloved dish.
The chicken, coated in a sweet and spicy sauce, offers a burst of flavors with each bite. Paired with the soft texture of low carb rice alternative made from grated cauliflower, this dish promises a delightful culinary journey, reminiscent of the bustling streets of China.
#7. Pepper Steak
My Pepper Steak is a celebration of robust flavors. The tender steak slices, combined with bell peppers and a rich sauce, create a dish that’s both hearty and flavorful.
Steak is a keto dieter’s delight, providing a rich source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients, all while being naturally low in carbs. The healthy fats in steak, particularly when opting for grass-fed varieties, support ketosis, helping the body efficiently burn fat for energy.
The riced cauliflower at the bottom complements the boldness of the steak on top and ensures a balanced meal. It’s a dish that pays homage to the classics while offering a keto-friendly twist.
#8. Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice
Asian-inspired dishes have always held a special place in my culinary journey. My Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe is a testament to that love. Before keto, I used to make fried rice for lunch and bring it to work.
Shrimp is not only a delicious seafood delicacy but also a nutritional powerhouse that is full of high-quality protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids which supports heart health and promotes muscle growth.
Additionally, it’s a rich source of various vitamins and minerals, including selenium, vitamin B12, and zinc, which collectively boost immunity and support overall well-being.
Packed with shrimp, veggies, and seasoned to perfection, this dish offers a keto-friendly spin on a beloved classic. The key lies in the delicate balance of flavors, ensuring that each ingredient shines in its own right.
#9. Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice
A wholesome combination of chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice, my Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice is both nutritious and delicious.
Fried rice is one of the easiest low carb cauliflower rice recipes you can make. Chicken is the classic protein choice for fried rice. You can throw in some crispy bacon bits for extra flavors.
I got the inspiration from traditional fried rice to make this dish a healthier alternative without compromising on taste. The tender and flavorful chicken pairs beautifully with the assortment of veggies, making it one of my favorite keto dinners and leftovers for lunch.
#10. Tandoori Chicken
The rich flavors of India come alive in my Tandoori Chicken recipe. Marinated in a blend of spices and grilled to smoky perfection, this chicken dish is a treat for the senses.
This recipe offers a complete meal that’s both flavorful and keto-friendly. The smokiness of the chicken combined with the subtle flavors of the cauliflower rice gives me a restaurant experience every time I make it.
#11. Chicken Tikka Masala
Dive into a world of creamy, flavorful goodness with my Chicken Tikka Masala. Tender chicken chunks in a rich tomato-based sauce, served over cauliflower rice, make for a keto-friendly Indian delight. The blend of spices and the creaminess of the sauce, what more can you ask for?