Paleo Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

By Jess

5 from 2 ratings

Who doesn’t love Chinese take-out? It’s become a staple of fast-food cuisine practically all over the world and while I’ve heard that our Western idea of Chinese food is nothing like the real thing, I still love it. And one of my favorite dishes has always been pork fried rice. So why not turned pork friend rice into a Paleo-friendly meal by using cauliflower rice instead of actual rice? Now you can have even your favorite Chinese take-out meal and stay Paleo friendly.

Chinese take-out is for dinner – the Paleo way! – with this pork fried cauliflower rice.

Chinese take-out is for dinner – the Paleo way! – with this pork fried cauliflower rice.

Late-night Chinese take-out was a staple of my undergrad years. And – who am I kidding? – my grad school and beyond years as well. Sometimes it wasn’t even “late-night.” Sometimes it was just, you know, like, “normal time to eat a meal.” Regardless, Chinese take-out was a fairly regular meal for me. Piles of warm rice, gobs of thick, rich sauces, tasty bits of meats and veggies, all fried to perfection. But the processed goop that most Chinese take-out meals consisted of always left me feeling heavy and like I had guzzled a canister of salt. The after-effects were never as good as the anticipation that drove me to the Chinese take-out place had anticipated.

But here’s the catch – the basics of a Chinese food meal, except the rice, are fundamentally Paleo: meat and vegetables with big flavor. So crafting a few Chinese take-out substitutes was a jiff for me. And my first attempt – quite successful, if I do say so myself – was this recipe for Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice.

The most notable substitution in this recipe is obviously using the cauliflower rice instead of actual rice. Because you use the food processor to grind up the cauliflower when the veggie is raw, it creates little nubs of cauliflower that, when gently cooked, have a texture that’s very similar to rice. We all know that rice is a no-no when you’re eating Paleo, but just for grins, let’s compare it to cauliflower…

Cauliflower Rice Ingredients

Ground Cauliflower

Your average white rice has about 200 calories a cup and is almost entirely carbohydrates. It has maybe .5 grams of fiber and a touch of protein – about 4 grams. A cup of rice will give you about 5% of your daily vitamin B-6 and a touch of magnesium, but that’s about it as far as nutritional value goes. Cauliflower rice, on the other hand, has about 30 calories per cup, only about 6 grams of carbs (compared to 45 grams in a cup of white rice), six times the fiber of white rice, about the same amount of protein, and more vitamins and minerals. For instance, one cup of Cauliflower rice gives you over 100% of you daily vitamin C.

Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

So not only can you see why cauliflower rice is a much healthier choice than white rice, this gives you a snap shot into why people often lose weight when they start eating Paleo: lower carbs, higher fiber, more nutrients, and typically lower calorie. In fact, one of the reasons we don’t really need to count calories when eating Paleo is because the food we eat is so filling and almost always had fewer calories than its non-Paleo alternative, that calories just aren’t something we need to constantly think about anymore.

Served In A Dish

Of course, like any good Paleo dish, this one is also loaded with protein, in the form of ground pork, and vitamins and minerals, not just from the cauliflower rice, but also from the mushrooms and carrots. And feel free to break out of the recipe mold when it comes to the veggies. If you prefer, say, broccoli, have at it. Just keep the amounts close to the same so that the balance between meat and veggies is appetizing.

The only thing missing when you make this pork fried cauliflower rice are the Chinese take-out cartons. But if you really miss those, did you can order a set online? They even make washable and reusable ones! So now, your Paleo Chinese take-out delicacy is complete.

(Make this next: Ginger Wok Fried Cauliflower Rice with Shrimp)


    • 4 cups cauliflower florets
    • 1 pound ground pork
    • 4 medium carrots, cut into small dices
    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 3 scallions, chopped
    • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
    • 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil


  1. Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it resembles grains of rice.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a wok over high heat.
  3. Add the cauliflower “rice” and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until softened. Transfer the “rice” in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same wok heat 2 tablespoon of coconut oil over high heat. Add the carrots and mushrooms and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the pork and stir-fry until lightly browned on all sides and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Push the mixture to the side of the wok and add the eggs. Use a spatula to scramble the egg, breaking it up into small bits.
  7. Add the cauliflower “rice” and mix to combine. Add the coconut aminos, mix well and cook for 1 minute more.
  8. Sprinkle with scallions, season with salt if needed and serve.


Serving Size





Total Time

25 minutes

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

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  1. Make my cauli rice with 1 tsp dry fried cumin seeds, coconut oil, pinch salt, 1/2 tsp garam masala and broccolini. Will try this recipe.

  2. Inspired me to cook again after a long hiatus! I don’t use coconut Aminos, low sodium soy sauce, and I used real butter instead, but you really helped me out of an eating slump. I was living off flavored licorice, but tonight a real meal. Thanks!

  3. Almost exactly what I have been doing since I swapped out ingredients to be healthier. So delicious. Coconut aminos can be purchased at many stores and on-line. Sometimes you can even ask your local grocery store to carry it. I also use coconut nectar for my coffee and on pancakes. Where has coconut products been all my life? I just can’t get enough.

  4. This was amazing! My husband and I were surprised at how flavorful it was given the simple recipe. Thanks for this one!

    Rating: 5

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