Cauliflower Coconut Rice

This was one of those weeks where I had no time to prepare or do any proper shopping.  We were away hiking and camping near Snowdon last weekend (I’ll bore you with details of that later!) and it’s been a fairly busy week otherwise.  So I’ve been picking up bits and pieces of food during the week.  Unfortunately I even managed to run out of broccoli and the local supermarket didn’t have any when I tried to pick some up (is broccoli that popular??).  I managed to get some cauliflower instead, so I Googled to see what exciting things I could do with it, and came across this cauliflower coconut rice recipe.

I didn’t have exactly the right ingredients so I used this:

1 head of small cauliflower, stem removed, roughly chopped
1/3 cup canned coconut milk
25g unsweetended desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch of salt

How to make it:

Find the shredding attachment for your food processor and shred the cauliflower.

I’ve never actually used the shredding attachment for my food processor before, so I had no idea which one it was and had to Google (what did people do before Google?!?).  So for anyone else who has no idea, here’s mine.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the “rice” cauliflower and a pinch of salt.

Stir well to coat the cauliflower in oil and then put the lid on the pan and cook on a medium to low heat for about 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

Add the desiccated coconut and coconut milk and cover again.  Cook for another 5 minutes or so until you get a sticky “rice”.

Sorry, No Photo!
Unfortunately we were too hungry and I didn’t get a picture of the cooked rice, but it looked pretty good.  I served it with chilli and garlic salmon, but next time I’m going to try it with chicken curry and I promise I’ll post a picture.

I may also try an alternative and fry onions in the oil at the start before adding the cauliflower rice.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Matthew’s comment (he’s my food critic!): I wasn’t sure what to expect and it was a bit odd to start with, but I liked it a lot by the end of the meal.

Yayyy!! I’d call that a success!



  1. This sounds dreamy :), I love cauliflower rice and have flavored it with soy sauce and 5 spice before but never coconut milk. I am definitely going to try this one out. x

    1. I love coconut rice and I was pretty ecstatic when I found you could make a cauliflower version. I’m from Malaysia originally and we have a dish called nasi lemak (literally, fatty rice) for breakfast which is made with coconut rice so it’s awesome to find a paleo version. I’ll be posting a recipe for a fully paleo-friendly nasi lemak soon!

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