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Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach

Easy, crunchy, incredibly flavorful Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly GOOD!

MY NEW FAVORITE WAY TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER RICE

Cauliflower rice is cooked in butter with garlic and spinach for a healthy, delicious and very easy side dish. This is a perfect side dish for chicken or fish, and it’s done in about 15 minutes.

I don’t really know what more to say about this than that I am crazy in love with cauliflower rice. I really AM! It’s SO good. Better than rice, and better than non-riced cauliflower… does that even make ANY sense? It does to me.

Few of my favorites include, Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice, Honey Sriracha Chicken with Cauliflower Rice, as well as Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice – YUM!

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach - Easy, crunchy, incredibly flavorful Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly GOOD! 

GARLIC BUTTER CAULIFLOWER RICE

This Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach is an easy low carb, keto, gluten free, paleo, vegetarian, and most importantly, SUPER DELICIOUS recipe that will have even the pickiest eater licking up her plate.

I have a 9 year old that pretty much hates food – well, food that is NOT chocolate and cereal – but she devoured this cauliflower rice, caveman style.

I served it with my Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs, and it was just the ideal meal during one of our busy, soccer-filled weeknights.

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach - Easy, crunchy, incredibly flavorful Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly GOOD! 

HOW TO MAKE GARLIC BUTTER CAULIFLOWER RICE

In this recipe, I used already riced cauliflower that I picked up at my local grocery store because I didn’t have time to mess around with a whole head of cauliflower. BUT, if you want to rice your own cauliflower, no biggie! Just follow my easy recipe for How to Make and Store Cauliflower Rice.

  • First, you will need to melt some butter and add a few minced cloves of garlic in there; cook until fragrant.
  • Add the cauliflower rice, chili powder, salt, and pepper; stir and cook for 2 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add a little vegetable broth, lime juice, baby spinach, and continue to stir  until spinach is wilted and liquid evaporated.
  • Remove from heat; taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach is simple to make, and its buttery and garlicky flavor will make a fan out of you, and you, and you!

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach - Easy, crunchy, incredibly flavorful Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly GOOD! 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE

HOW TO STORE COOKED CAULIFLOWER RICE

  • Store cooled down, cooked cauliflower rice in covered airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • You can also freeze cooked cauliflower rice in covered airtight containers. Freeze for up to 5 months.
  • Defrost cauliflower rice on the counter before reheating.

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Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach - Easy, crunchy, incredibly flavorful Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly GOOD! 

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach

Katerina | Diethood
Easy, crunchy, incredibly flavorful Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly GOOD!
4.63 from 8 votes
Servings : 4 serves
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth (you can also use chicken broth, bone broth, beef broth, etc...)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6 ounces baby spinach

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and cook and stir for 2 minutes; careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Stir in the cauliflower rice; season with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook and stir for 2 minutes, mixing around until everything is thoroughly combined.
  • Add in the vegetable broth and lime juice.
  • Stir in baby spinach; cook and stir for 1 minute or until spinach is wilted and the liquid has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  • Serve.

Notes

HOW TO STORE COOKED CAULIFLOWER RICE

  • Store cooled down, cooked cauliflower rice in covered airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • You can also freeze cooked cauliflower rice in covered airtight containers. Freeze for up to 9 months.
  • Defrost cauliflower rice on the counter before reheating.

 

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 4

*Use Olive Oil instead of Butter to reduce the points down to 3

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup | Calories: 135 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 22 mg | Sodium: 221 mg | Potassium: 741 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 4375 IU | Vitamin C: 94.6 mg | Calcium: 89 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 8 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower rice, easy cauliflower recipe, easy vegetable side dish, side dish recipe
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24 comments on “Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach”

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    judydempsey@rogers.com

    I’ve made this twice now and the flavour was good, but the rice was mostly mushy. Is this because I washed my cauliflower before shredding it? I didn’t buy frozen from the store because it was a ridiculous price for a tiny bag. ($5.99/bag vs $2.99 for a head). I’d like to make this again but want to avoid the mushiness. Any advice? TIA.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      I know, lately the price for riced cauliflower is ridiculous. 😬
      Speaking from experience, grating it too small and cooking it for too long will result in mushy cauliflower rice.

  2. Silly question but I’m new to cauliflower rice. Is it already cooked when being tossed in or is that enough time to cook it in the recipe?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      No, it’s not precooked, but it will cook once you toss it in the pan. It takes just minutes to cook it because the “grains” are so small. 😊

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      Yes, I get the fresh cauliflower rice from the store, but both fresh or frozen will work in this recipe.

  3. My first encounter with cauliflower rice… to me it tasted like cabbage.
    It was good and I’d eat it again, maybe next time making it as a Mexican bowl with black beans and cheese…
    Thank’s for the recipe
    Any tips on how to make cauliflower mashed potatoes?

  4. I made this tonight and it was amazing! My family does NOT like cauliflower rice and my husband was scraping his plate to get the last little bit. Love how flavorful it is.

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