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.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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