Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

Bring on the veggies! This tasty vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice packs a whole lot of vegetarian goodness into every serving and the leftovers are fantastic the next day!

Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

For all my vegan and vegetarian friends that found themselves longingly gazing at my Breakfast Cauliflower Fried Rice – fret not! I’m always two steps ahead of you with plant-based recipe hacks and have a super tasty veganized cauliflower fried rice recipe to share today.

It has all the usual suspects: peas, carrots, onion, and soy sauce

And of course a few new friends: red bell pepper, scallions, and Sriracha

Plus you can take things a step further and make it keto or paleo friendly with coconut aminos in place of the traditional soy sauce. I’ve also made this with gluten-free tamari and it’s marvelous that way as well!

This way everyone has a chance to partake in the deeeeeeeliciousness that is cauliflower fried rice, which is basically cauliflower fried rice with jazz hands. Today we’re throwing veggies around like confetti, yo!

Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

If you’re new to the concept of cauliflower rice, it’s basically shredded bits-o-cauliflower that resemble grains of rice in texture. They’re a fantastic low-calorie alternative to rice for those with special diets or allergies, or for anyone that simply wants to eat more veggies.

Most grocery store offer pre-riced bags of cauli rice in the produce section if you’re looking for a shortcut but it’s also relatively easy to make at home!

To make cauliflower rice, remove the stem and leaves from a head of cauliflower. Then…


Roughly chop into small florets. Use the food processor’s grater disc to transform the florets into “rice” or make it without the attachment by working in three batches. Working in small batches will help you get even texture. Simply pulse until the mixture appears minced/shredded and you’re good to go.


Break into large pieces for easy handling and grate using the coarse side of your grater. As you run out of space for your fingers to grip the florets, simply mince any remaining pieces with a knife.

Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

This scrumptious side dish is great for make-ahead meal prep too! The leftovers can be heated on a skillet stove-top or in the microwave.

For an extra punch of protein, pair this veggie stir-fry with my Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Tofu or your favorite tofu recipe! Shelled edamame also makes a tasty addition.

Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice
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Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

Bring on the veggies!  This tasty vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice packs a whole lot of vegetarian goodness into every serving and the leftovers are fantastic the next day!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword Vegan Caulifower Fried Rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 120 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 12 oz cauliflower rice store-bought or homemade - approx. 5 cups
  • 1/2-3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1-2 cloves garlic optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1-2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce (GF or regular)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • toasted sesame seeds to garnish
  • Sriracha for drizzling


  1. Making your cauliflower rice from scratch? See post for methods and instructions and cauli rice it up! To save time I used fresh bagged cauliflower rice from the produce section.
  2. Peel and finely dice onions and carrots. Cut bell pepper into strips then chop into small pieces. Mince garlic and set aside.

  3. Heat a large lipped pan or skillet to medium-high heat with 1 TBSP oil.
  4. Sauté onion, carrots, bell pepper, and peas until the onions are translucent and the carrots/pepper/peas are tender and cooked through.

  5. Next add garlic and cauliflower rice. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the cauliflower is heated through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  6. Give it a taste and 1. ensure your veggies are tender enough and 2. decide how much of your soy sauce you want to add. (you can always add more later) Mix it all together and stir in your green onion and add any additional salt/pepper/sauce to taste.

  7. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds if desired and drizzle with spicy Sriracha chili sauce before serving. Cilantro also makes a tasty topper! You can make this dish as mild or as spicy as you'd like! For a less spicy alternative, feel free to use sweet chili sauce on top of your cauli rice - it's delicious!

Recipe Notes

As written this recipe is vegan, paleo, low-carb, gluten-free, and dairy-free, To make whole 30 compliant, use your favorite whole30 approved hot sauce in place of the Sriracha.

Cilantro and shelled/steamed edamame also make tasty additions to this dish! 

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for fried cauliflower rice using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on sauce choice and swaps/extras and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 458mg20%
Potassium 584mg17%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 8565IU171%
Vitamin C 84.9mg103%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice Skillet

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If you get a chance to try this vegan cauliflower fried rice, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!


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  • Greg

    I am just finding you and your blog, and I am quite impressed! I made this recipe a couple of days ago. I love it! All the flavor with zero guilt! It’s wicked awesome!! (little Boston flashback for you!)
    I had my last bowl of the fried rice this morning. (yeah, couldn’t wait til lunch). I think the flavors continue to improve as each day passed! I am anxious to attack many of the recipes on your site, as they appear quite appealing. I am newer to the vegan world, adapting over a 4 month period, and now totally vegan! I do have one question as well…I have not had added sugar for years, except when baking. I did give up salt as recommended; and I was a bonafide saltaholic. My question is about oil. WFPB seem to espouse no added oil, but I see you will incorporate as necessary. Thoughts on this debate? I assume you’ll hear from me again, once I try another recipe! Be safe.

    • Greg, I’m so WICKED excited you’re here and stoked the cauliflower fried rice was a hit! Thank you!

      I’m a huge fan of oil honestly. I like a good cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil in some type recipes and pure avocado oil in others. I try to use just what I need and not over-indulge but, with my nutrition background, I was always taught that healthy fats (such as the healthier oils of the bunch) are needed as a companion to vegetables as they help function as a “delivery system” for the antioxidants we consume. It helps bring them where they need to go in the body as well as help them absorb more easily. For sure keep me posted if you try any of the other recipes! xoxo

  • Justine

    5 stars
    I’m actually not a fan of fried rice, but I love cauliflower rice. This recipe did not disappoint – it was so good!

    • So glad you enjoyed it Justine, thanks!

  • Robin Gagnon

    5 stars
    Scrumptious. Best way to make cauliflower.

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