I made an egg fried rice in the same photo shoot as this cauliflower recipe. I was just looking for the photo and it took me a while to figure out which was the rice and which was the cauli!
Seriously this is an excellent dish in its own right. Even my boys who are dedicated rice fans will eat some if I mix it in with their rice. Actually now I think about it that would be a good test.
If you’re doubtful that frozen cauliflower could be as satisfying as a bowl of rice, I get it. The secret ingredient here is the eggs. When scrambled into the rice and seasoned with the soy sauce you’ll be too busy enjoying the comforting goodness to even think about missing rice.
Egg Fried Not-Rice
- 200 g frozen Cauliflower rice
- 3-4 eggs
- 1 handful frozen peas
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 handful roast cashews or peanuts
Heat a small frying pan / skillet on a high heat. Add a splash of oil and let is heat for a few seconds then add the frozen cauli breaking up any chunks. Cook cauli, stirring until defrosted.
Then add the eggs and frozen peas and keep cooking and stirring until the eggs have set and scrambled into little grains of 'rice'. You want it to look dry and no longer snotty or runny.
When you think you're almost there, remove from the heat. Stir in the soy sauce. Taste and add more if needed. Serve with nuts on top (if using).
Variations & Substitutions for Egg Fried Not-Rice
plan-B (pantry) – this is a total pantry meal!
different veg – can be made with frozen broccoli rice or shaved cabbage (like this recipe). You can add in any stir fry veg you have as well but I generally keep it simple. And fresh cauli rice will work too – just cook for a bit longer to soften.
soy-free – season with salt or coconut aminos or fish sauce or would be good with worcestershire sauce.
egg-free – ground minced chicken would work well instead of the egg. Or finely diced tofu.
more substantial (carb lovers) – stir in cooked rice with the cauli.
more substantial (low carb) – more eggs or more nuts. Good with some avo on top.
more fancy / for entertaining – serve in rice bowls with chops sticks.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
frozen cauliflower rice – will keep for months in the freezer.
eggs – will keep in the fridge for weeks or use for another meal.
frozen peas – will keep in the freezer for months.
soy sauce / roast peanuts or cashews – keep them in the pantry.
Problem Solving Guide
bland – more soy sauce! Or add in a flavour bomb.
too dry – overcooked egg. Next time get it out earlier. For now a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil will help.
watery – really overcooked egg will release a liquid at the end – this happens to me from time to time. Just pour it off or leave it in – it tastes really savoury and good.
sticking to the pan – next time make sure your pan is hot before adding the oil and make sure the oil is hot before adding the food. For now remove from the heat and stirring in a splash of water will help it release. Sorry but egg likes to stick (look closely at the picture and you’ll see it happens to the best of us).
You can but it’s nicest warm. Just cook as per the recipe but keep the nuts separately. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Don’t freeze unless you’re OK with rubbery eggs.
More Recipes like Egg Fried Not-Rice
- Tuna Fried Rice (Tuna and Rice)
- Cauli Not-Risotto
- Fergal’s Egg & Pea Fried Rice
- Cauli ‘Sushi’ Bowls
- Tandoori Cauliflower
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