If you’re looking for easy and delicious ways to cook with frozen cauliflower rice, I’ve got you covered! Here are some truly amazing and delicious frozen cauliflower rice recipes that will make you love this healthy freezer staple.
We love veggie-loaded dinner recipes around here, especially ones that we dump frozen vegetables into! And a bag of frozen cauliflower rice is 100% always in my freezer for quick and easy veggie-loading.
Frozen cauliflower rice the perfect healthy ingredients to keep on hand that makes adding vegetables to a meal low-effort during busy weeks (or anytime you don’t really feel like spending too much time in the kitchen).
In this collection of frozen cauliflower rice recipes, you’ll find a variety of easy options for all kinds of eating styles.
What is frozen cauliflower rice?
Cauliflower….rice? I remember when I heard that term for the first time years ago, I couldn’t quite seem to wrap my brain around it until I saw it for myself. But for those of you without a bag of frozen cauliflower in front of you, here is what it is.
Cauliflower, when cut, crumbles very easily. And years ago, some smartypants discovered that when you process this crumbly veggie very fine (either with a box grater or food processor), that it resembles white rice in appearance and almost texture. Awesome, right?
And soon, another smartypants discovered that cauliflower rice freezes like a dream! Making rice cauliflower time saving kitchen hack that also made getting extra veggies into meal east and delicious.
Frozen cauliflower has since become a freezer staple for many people. And riced cauliflower is delicious as a rice stand in, but it also has so much more potential beyond just simple cauliflower rice recipe.
Can I cook with cauliflower rice from frozen?
It totally depends on the recipe and most frozen cauliflower rice recipes will tell you whether or not to defrost your cauliflower before adding it into the mix.
Why? Because cauliflower, like many vegetables, contains a considerable amount of water. The freezing process draws out the water in the vegetable and can end up in your recipe. If a recipe has accounted for the extra water from the frozen cauliflower rice, then there is no issue. However, some recipes will call for you to thaw the riced cauliflower before hand so that the excess water can be drained off before adding it to the recipes.
Can I freeze fresh cauliflower rice myself?
I love buying frozen cauliflower rice at the store (it is with the other frozen veggies) because it is so affordable and convenient. If you prefer to make and freeze your own, you can easily. However, you will need a food processor with an “S” blade.
Step 1: Cut apart a head of cauliflower into florets. Make sure your florets are on the small size so you get and even “rice” size when processing.
Step 2: Toss florets into the food processor with the “S” blade. Make sure the florets are evenly distributed around the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a few times until desired texture is achieved. The more you pulse, the smaller the cauliflower rice pieces will be.
Step 3: Portion out the riced cauliflower into freezer safe containers (I find reusable silicone bags to work best) and push out as much air as possible. Label and date your rice. Pop it into your freezer and enjoy it in one of these frozen cauliflower rice recipes for up to 5 months!
Frozen Cauliflower Rice Recipes + Chicken Cauliflower Meatballs
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 1/2 cups riced cauliflower (if using frozen, defrost first and drain off extra liquid)
- 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Time to get messy! Using your (freshly washed) hands, mix the ingredients until everything is well blended.
- Gently roll the meat into golfball size portions. Arrange the meatballs in a single layer in a large baking dish. Note: Using a baking dish or a baking sheet with a lip is important, as the vegetables will give off some liquid during the cooking process.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
- Enjoy warm on their own, with 30-Minute Veggie-Loaded Tomato Sauce over zoodles, over a salad, your favorite pasta or save fore later! Store leftovers in fridge for up to 5 days or in freezer for a month.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!