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Spicy Zucchini Cauliflower Rice

spicy cauliflower rice

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A spicy cauliflower rice dish that is full of spice, heat and flavour!  Although I made this as a side dish, it would make a hearty main dish too.  I had a bowl of it by itself for lunch whilst the Chief Taster enjoyed his as a side to some chicken. Both of us were happy, so that’s something! Wine wasn’t involved either so another tick! 

I added the zucchini as I wanted a vegetable that would go well with the spices without absorbing them too much.  Yes, I’m looking at you eggplant.  So my good friend zucchini stepped up.   Feel free to add another vegetable or even omit it.  Just enjoy the spices!


You might want to serve this spicy cauliflower rice with a side a yogurt and cucumber dip to help cool your mouth from the spices.  If I made it again I would definitely be reaching for the yogurt pot.  It’s quite nice to have a smooth dip along with something spicy.

I don’t mind a bit of heat and spicy but if you are more on the mild side of taste, you may want to use less spice and perhaps omit one of the heat spices.  Perhaps put the chilli aside?  Or add bit by bit, tasting the zucchini mixture as you go along before you combine it with the cauliflower rice.


What to Serve with Cauliflower Rice

Although this spicy cauliflower rice is a meal in itself, this makes a great side dish with chicken or beef. For those of you who may find the dish dry by itself and need a sauce, then serve with this spicy stir fry sauce. The flavours of the spicy stir fry sauce go very well with the cauliflower and you could happily drizzle the sauce over it too. Or add to your chicken or beef. For a hearty spicy cauliflower rice packed with protein try a Keto Jambalaya.

How to Cook Cauliflower Rice

I enjoy cauliflower rice as a quick side dish and usually stir fry it but am starting to prefer the texture when it baked in the oven.  The heat from the oven dries out the water in the cauliflower and gives it a great texture.  If you are in a rush, cook the cauliflower rice in the microwave.


Other Cauliflower Rice Dishes

Spicy Zucchini Cauliflower Rice

A cauliflower rice dish packed with flavour.
4.55 from 11 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower rice, gluten free low carb recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Angela Coleby


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 zucchini trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 jalapenos deseeded and chopped
  • 6 spring onions finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees
  • Trim the leaves and stalks from the cauliflower and cut into florets.
  • Make the cauliflower rice by either grating the florets, or using a food processor to blitz them.
  • Place the cauliflower rice on a parchment paper lined baking tray and drizzle with half of the oil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, turning over half way through with a spoon or spatula.
  • Heat half of the olive oil in a frying pan.
  • Add the zucchini and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until slightly golden.
  • Add the jalapeno and spring onions and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add the spices and stir thoroughly. Set aside.
  • When the cauliflower rice is cooked, stir in the spicy zucchini mixture until all of the cauliflower is coated.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Serves 2
Nutritional Info per serving – 84 Calories, 2g Fat, 6g Protein, 16g Total Carbs, 7g Fibre, 9g Net Carbs
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 7g
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  • Reply
    Kanda Lawson
    February 17, 2018 at 11:46 am

    If I buy the cauliflower already riced (at Trader Joe’s), how much do you think I’d need for this recipe?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      February 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      About 2 cups

  • Reply
    Erin Haagenson
    September 19, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Yummy.I added red bell pepper and regular onion. It has heat but not too spicy.

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      September 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Ooh, nice addition

  • Reply
    Jennifer Burgstahler
    September 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Awesome recipe – my mouth is happy with this combination of spices. I added avocado. Thank you for posting this recipe!!!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      September 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Oooh, good choice with the avocado addition.

  • Reply
    Elaine @ foodbod
    November 26, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Love it! Great flavours and packed full of goodness 🙂

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      November 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Definitely along your delicious flavour combinations! Hope you are well x

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