Cauliflower Rice Risotto

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Cauliflower rice risotto is a delicious low carb substitute for the rice version.  The texture is very similar to risotto it fills that hole where rice used to be.

cauliflower rice risotto

If you want an alternative to the heavy, carb loaded rice risotto then once again cauliflower is your friend!  What’s even better is that this cauliflower rice risotto does not take long too cook, opposed to the traditional rice risotto, and you are not standing stirring and stirring!  I sometimes cook this cauliflower rice risotto when I need dinner quick,  as it is simple and easy to make.   This recipe has spinach in it which is entirely optional.  You could add any other veggies or even meat to this dish to make it your own.  Or just have it simple with cauliflower and cheese.

Rather than grate the cauliflower in a food processor, I use a grater, purely as it gives larger chunks of cauliflower which gives it a more “rice risotto” appearance.  Feel free to blitz away with the food processor though as the end result is not much different to the hand grated version.  Apart from the bloody knuckles where the hand grater catches me.  Everytime. 


1 head cauliflower, grated

1 cup spinach

1 small white onion, peeled and chopped

2 tblspns cream

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 tblspn olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

 cauliflower rice risotto


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat.
  • Add the onion and gently saute for about 5 minutes until tender.
  • Add the cauliflower and toss to coat in the oil.
  • Add the spinach and vegetable stock, simmer on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes until tender.
  • Add the cream and cheese, stir well and season.
  • Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Eat and enjoy!

cauliflower rice risotto



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  • Reply
    May 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Divalicious, what size/type grater did you use? I’m guessing at course or all-purpose, rather than julienne, etc? Fyi, I looked the terms up. Learned something new! Yeah. : )

    • Reply
      May 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Well done on the learning of terms! 😉 I used a standard all purpose one and used the largest holes to grate the cauliflower. Hope you enjoy it!

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