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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice is a super simple, healthy and delicious vegetable side dish that pairs easily with anything. This cauliflower rice recipe is made in one pan with just a few simple ingredients, perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Looking for other tasty vegetable side dish recipes? Check out my recipes for Parmesan Oven Roasted Carrots or Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables.

cauliflower rice with cheesy sauce in a white bowl

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

This recipe for cheesy cauliflower rice has easily become one of our favorite side dish recipes. You know it’s a keeper when the kids request you make this recipe over and over.

Recipes with cauliflower or even broccoli are always hit or miss, so when you find one the whole fam loves, you’ve got to hang onto it!!

How to make Cauliflower Rice

Okay, let’s first talk about how to make cauliflower rice at home, if you aren’t going to be purchasing it pre-made.

To make cauliflower rice, take a head of cauliflower, remove and leaves, slice it in half and remove the steam from the bottom. To easily remove the stem, I like to cut the stem in a triangle and then it will slide easily from the cauliflower.

Break the cauliflower into smaller florets and place into a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower is chopped into small, rice like pieces.

You could also just use a grater or sharp knife to finely chop the cauliflower if you don’t own a food processor.

riced cauliflower in a large skillet

Cheesy Rice Cauliflower Ingredients

There are just a few simple key ingredients that are involved with making this cauliflower rice recipe, most likely items you already have in your home. To make this recipe you will need the following:

  • cauliflower rice– obviously. Can me made fresh, or buy frozen already made into rice shaped.
  • butter– easy way to add flavor and creaminess. Salted or unsalted is fine for this recipe
  • milk– any variety will work here
  • spices:
    • salt and black pepper
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
    • dried parsley

A complete list of the ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below.

cauliflower rice in a cheesy sauce in a large skillet

Directions to make Cheesy Rice Cauliflower

To make cheesy cauliflower rice, start by cooking the riced cauliflower in a large pan over medium heat. Melt the butter in the pan and add the cauliflower.

Add the spices at this time and stir and cook until the cauliflower is heated through, about 2-3 minutes. It’s even delicious at this point!

Next, add in the milk and bring to a boil. Then, turn down the heat and stir in the cheese until it is all melted and well combined with the cauliflower.

That’s it, this is such a super easy recipe to make that will have the whole fam gobbling up their veggies.

white bowl of cheese and cauliflower rice

What to serve with Cauliflower Rice

Storing tips

If you make this cauliflower rice recipe ahead or have some leftover, this keeps well in the refrigerator. Place into an air tight container and store for up to 3 days.

This recipe also freezes well, keep in an air tight container for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice is a simple, healthy and delicious vegetable side dish recipe that everyone is sure to love.
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: Side Dish, Vegetable Side Dish
Keyword: Cheesy Cauliflower Rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 146kcal


  • 1.5 cups cauliflower riced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley dried
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add in rice cauliflower, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes until heated through and soft
  • Pour in the milk and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and add in the cheese. Stir until melted and combined.
  • Remove from the heat and serve.


  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate
  • store any leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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