Grain-free Saffron “Rice”


This dish uses saffron infused water and other spices to flavor cauliflower that has been grated to resemble a rice consistency. Cauliflower is rich in nutrients and flavor, but low in calories and zero fat, so it’s a great grain-free and low carb alternative to rice.

I serve it with my Chicken Tikka Masala, but it would also go great with a roasted chicken and grilled vegetables. I usually use a food processor with the grater attachment to get the vegetable to a really small grain size, but you could get the same result by using a cheese grater.


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Grain-free Saffron “Rice”

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com



  1. Run the florets through a food processor and process until finely grated to the size of rice grains. You can also grate them on a cheese grater.
  2. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat, then add cauliflower and spices.
  3. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the peas.
  5. Slowly add the chicken stock, stirring in between, until all of the liquid is absorbed and the cauliflower is mostly cooked but with a little crunch left to it.
  6. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Remove the cloves, cinnamon stick, and the cardamom pods before serving.
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  • https://www.facebook.com/april.chabot.7 AJ

    Do you know if cauliflower reacts with cast iron? I made this tonight but used all ground spices as that is what I had on hand and cooked in my favorite cast iron pan. By the time I served this it looked very dirty grey and I’m not sure if that’s from the spices or the pan or maybe both. I thought it was still tasty, but I just can’t get excited about cauliflower (although, this has been the best try so far).

  • Natalie

    How many does this recipe serve? I’m hosting a dinner for 6… should I double the recipe?

  • sherrie

    FOR “AJ” it’s not my recipe of course, but i know not to use cast iron skillet pls. xoxosb

  • Angela

    I can’t wait to try this! I am just beginning to go grain free and I am so excited to use cauliflower as rice, thank you for the recipe. :)