How To Make Cauliflower Rice or Couscous
Makesabout 6 cups
Makes about 6 cups
- 1 head
cauliflower, any size
- 1 tablespoon
olive oil or butter (optional)
Food processor or box grater
Skillet with lid (optional)
Cut the cauliflower into large pieces. Cut the head of cauliflower into quarters, then trim out the inner core from each quarter. Break apart the cauliflower into large florets with your hands. If the core is tender, you can chop it into pieces and add it with the florets.
Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Don't fill the food processor more than 3/4 full; if necessary, process in two batches.
Pulse the cauliflower until completely broken down. Process the cauliflower in 1-second pulses until completely broken down into couscous-sized granules. (Alternatively, grate the florets on the large holes of a box grater.)
Pull out any unprocessed pieces. Some florets or large pieces of cauliflower might remain intact. Pull these out and set them aside. Transfer the cauliflower couscous to another container and re-process any large pieces.
Serving raw cauliflower couscous. Cauliflower couscous can be used raw, tossed like grains into a salad or in a cold side dish.
Cooking cauliflower couscous. Cooking makes the cauliflower more tender and rice-like. Warm a tablespoon of olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the couscous and sprinkle with a little salt. Cover the skillet and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until the couscous is as tender as you like. Use or serve immediately, or refrigerate the couscous for up to a week.
Freezing raw cauliflower couscous: The couscous can also be sealed in airtight containers or bags and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for a few minutes before using or cooking.