Cauliflower Fried Rice with Vegan XO Sauce

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

The day you discover that “rice” can be made from nothing but a head of cauliflower will be one of the happiest of your life.

That day happened not too long ago for me when I made this totally bizarre fried rice where nothing is quite what it seems… Our rice is made from cauliflower, our XO sauce is made from mushrooms, and our scrambled eggs are made from tofu. Yes, it turns the world of cooking inside out, but this fried rice without rice might just be the best fried rice I’ve ever had. Add in our vegan XO Sauce from earlier this week, and we’re talking about something exceptionally good.

Not to mention, this is by far the most nutrient-packed rice you’ve ever eaten. It has no simple carbs, tons of protein, and more phytonutrients than you can count. Another score for real food.

Makes 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup vegan XO Sauce
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Black pepper
  • 2+ tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 4 green onions

Cauliflower Fried Rice XO

Step One

As mentioned, you can turn cauliflower into something very similar to short-grain rice with just a food processor and 30 seconds. To do this, break the cauliflower into small florets and add them to a food processor (you may need to do half at a time for even processing) and simply pulse 8-10 times until you have evenly-ground “grains” of cauliflower. Incredible.

Step Two

Fried rice typically has scrambled eggs, so let’s make some! Mash the tofu with a fork or potato masher until it’s in small clumps. Heat a wok (or large saucepan) with just a drop of vegetable oil and add in the tofu. Sprinkle on the nutritional yeast and black pepper. Stir to combine. Then, throw in the cauliflower rice and the star of our show: the vegan XO Sauce from the last recipe (reserving a little for garnish) along with a splash of tamari / soy sauce. Stir until the rice is evenly coated and give this a few minutes to cook.

Step Three

Meanwhile, cube the carrots, slice the green onions, and measure out the frozen peas. After the cauliflower has had time to soften, add these vegetables with (possibly) another splash of tamari to taste. Now, simply let it simmer for another 5-8 minutes and your rice is done. When it tastes perfect, transfer to serving bowls and top with another spoonful of XO sauce.

Cauliflower Fried Rice XO Sauce

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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  1. Reads just great, I’ll see if I can purchase Vegan Sause here in Eygpt then will give this a go

  2. I’ve been loving all your recipes. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  3. I was eager to try this recipe because I hate cauliflower, but was hoping maybe I’d like eating it if it’s disguised as rice. Well, I do! This dish is fantastic, will definitely be making it again!
    And I’ve never even heard of XO sauce before, but I really liked the different flavors it added. Since I’m not a ham or fish person, I doubt I would like the “authentic” version at all.

    Thank you for sharing! :-)

    • Very cool, Catherine! I think this would be the perfect way to sneak cauliflower into a recipe for those who don’t like it. I mean, you can taste it if you try hard enough, but the textures and other flavors are so different that it really fades into the background. So glad you liked it! :)

  4. Just made this for dinner again, 2nd time in less than a week. That just goes to show you how much I love this dish! Thank you!!

  5. Can’t wait to try this cauliflower rice!

  6. Andrew,

    This recipe looks very yummy. I love fried rice. May I ask why is yeast needed?

    Thanks!! =)


    • Hi Liewn! Oh, it’s not the same stuff as in bread. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that’s very popular in vegan cooking because it has a wonderful cheesy flavor and is very nutritious!

      • Andrew,

        Thanks!! I am a newbie that currently 100% vegetarian and avoiding daries and honey as much as I am aware. So I am still learning on all things vegan.

        So where to buy? Jimbo Natural Store?

        I am going to find the Alter Ego choclate too (already Googled it and Jimbo has it)!! =)

        Thanks again for the recipe and info.


  7. Stacy L. says:

    We had this last night and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!!! Thank you! :)

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