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Using a Potato Ricer to Make Cauliflower Rice

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paleo cauliflower rice ricer tool

Cauliflower rice is a healthy anti-inflammatory choice for your food plan. Super healthy, riced cauliflower can be used as a substitute for everything from pizza crust to stir-fried rice and is an amazing filler in soups.

Most recipes for cauliflower rice involve a food processor. It is just as easy to use a “ricer” to make cauliflower rice if you happen to have one handy. I tested out a potato ricer and have fallen in love with how easy it is to use. Potato ricers work great for mashing turnips and sweet potatoes as well.

paleo cauliflower ricer

How to Use a Ricing Tool to Make Cauliflower Rice

  • Break the cauliflower up into one inch pieces.
  • Drizzle with olive oil or sunflower oil.
  • Roast the cauliflower 400F for 20-35 minutes.
  • Place the softened cooked pieces in the ricer and push through (the secret is the pieces must be soft enough to push through).
  • Use in recipes or eat as a side dish adding a little oil with salt and pepper (see below).

Best Stainless Steel Potato Ricers

Two of my favorite potato ricers are listed below. Check them out and get one for your kitchen as they are both super easy to use!


paleo cauliflower rice cooked
paleo cauliflower rice chili recipe

Lovely in soup or stew, one of my favorite things to do with cauliflower rice is to turn it into a hearty winter chili (recipe below). Dinner will be waiting with a minimum of fuss in a few hours.

Paleo Cauliflower Rice Chili Recipe

Shawna Coronado
The yummy chili recipe here is largely improvisational. Quickly toss in whatever you have from the pantry and let it cook all day in the crockpot for an easy dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine TexMex
Servings 6


  • 1 pound ground turkey, pre-cooked
  • 1 cauliflower head, riced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 28 oz can tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegetable or chicken broth to desired soup consistency


  • Place everything in a crockpot
  • Cook on high 4 to 6 hours, adding more liquid if needed

You got this – make your own cauliflower rice with a ricer. It offers a great solution for the challenge of mashing up vegetables. Next on my culinary agenda with the ricer – mashed turnips. Let’s start ricing some deliciousness!

paleo cauliflower rice chili




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  1. Thank you! I’ve got a ricer that has been sitting in a cabinet for a long long time. I was wondering if anyone had tried it for cauliflower.

  2. So disappointed that this does not work! Will have to try it with a blender instead.

  3. I roasted the cauliflower for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then another 5 min. at 325 (it was getting brown). It was still not soft enough to push through a ricer. However, I must say that the roasted cauliflower was fantastic and this is THE WAY to cook it.
    Finally, I put it in the microwave for 3 minutes to get it good and soft. Then I could get it through the ricer reasonably well, but it was still a bit of a fight. I made the chili with some ground turkey and it was good!

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