Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu {Recipe ReDux}

This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version.

Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu | This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version. Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly, Gluten-free. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today! It’s one that has been on my to-post list for quite a while (you may have seen it in one or more of my Menu Plan Monday menus!), but the first few times I made it I didn’t photograph it or even write down ingredient measurements, and then when I finally did and was ready to post I saw the theme of this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge and decided to hold out a wee bit longer.

You see, this month’s theme is Plant Protein Power Bowls, and this Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu is just the perfect fit. Keep reading and you’ll see why!

Plant Protein Power Bowls

Packed with protein and fiber and color, plant power bowls are trendy and delicious. Show us what’s in your bowl.

I’ve never been a fan of Chinese takeout (to my husband’s chagrin!), so fried rice isn’t something I ever craved or thought very much about, but when I first started making this recipe for my family I saw the appeal of fried rice and was so happy to be able to provide my husband with a healthier version of something he loves. The icing on the cake is that my kids devour it too. That, plus it’s easy to make, relatively quick (the part that takes the longest is the crispy tofu), and pretty much a one-pot meal (other than baking the tofu).

By now I’m guessing you’re familiar with the cauliflower rice trend – if not, you need to get on that! I’ve shared a few recipes before, including my Cauliflower Burnt Rice and Spiced Plum Cauliflower Rice, and the first bunch of times I made cauliflower rice I started from a head of cauliflower, which really is easy enough, but the mess….oh the mess!

Trader Joe’s has been selling a frozen cauliflower rice for a while, but I find it gets mushy, so I was ecstatic when a few months ago they came out with a fresh packaged cauli rice sold in the produce section. It’s been my go-to since and I don’t think I can go back to ricing it myself.

Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu | This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version. Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly, Gluten-free. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Recipe Notes

A few things to make note of before we get to the recipe:

  • First, if you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s or another brand that sells packaged cauliflower rice, you can definitely make this recipe starting with one head of cauliflower and pulsing the florets in the food processor.
  • Second, you may recognize the crispy tofu from my Peanut Soba Noodles recipe – this is another of my go-to recipes because it’s a winner every time! You can certainly top this cauliflower fried rice with chicken, beef, or any other protein of your choice, or keep it meatless and add some edamame.
  • Third, the veggies listed in the recipe below are what I typically include, but feel free to change it up based on what’s in your fridge, freezer, and pantry, personal preferences, and what’s in season.
  • Lastly, this recipe is vegetarian and easily gluten-free if you sub gluten-free soy sauce. If you follow a vegan diet, leave out the eggs and you’re good to go. Trust me, there’s a way to make this recipe friendly for anyone!

Alright, I think that about covers it. Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?!

Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu | This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version. Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly, Gluten-free. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

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This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and vegetarian protein, making it much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version.
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Recipe Type: Main Dish, Entree
Cuisine: Healthified Chinese
Serves: 6
Ingredients
For the tofu:
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or gluten-free soy sauce)
  • One 14-ounce package extra firm tofu, cubed small (or two 8-ounce packages cubed super firm tofu)
For the cauliflower fried rice:
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup green peas (fresh or frozen) or snap peas
  • ½ cup chopped scallions (green onions)
  • ½ cup chopped water chestnuts
  • One 16-ounce bag cauliflower rice (or 1 head cauliflower, riced in food processor)
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or gluten-free soy sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha, plus more for serving if desired
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish (optional)
Instructions
To make the tofu:
  1. Combine sesame oil, lime juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl and whisk until emulsified.
  2. Pour marinade over cubed tofu in a medium mixing bowl and marinate for at least 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to bake at 425 degrees. Spread marinated tofu in one layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in the top shelf for 20 minutes; turn tofu and bake another 10 minutes until crispy.
To make the cauliflower fried rice:
  1. In a large straight-sided skillet that has a cover, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add eggs and stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the eggs, until they are cooked, but still a little jiggly (you don't want to overcook them). Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrots and peas (or snap peas) and stir another 3 minutes. Add scallions and water chestnuts, and stir for 2 minutes. Finally, add the cauliflower rice and stir all the vegetables together.
  4. Cover skillet and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cauliflower rice is soft and the texture of cooked rice.
  5. Return scrambled eggs to skillet along with lime zest, lime juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha, salt, and cilantro. Toss everything together.
  6. Serve topped with crispy tofu and additional sriracha and cilantro if desired.

Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu | This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version. Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly, Gluten-free. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Have you joined the cauliflower rice bandwagon yet?

What’s your favorite plant protein power bowl?

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Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu | This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version. Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly, Gluten-free. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.
Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu | This cauliflower fried rice is packed with vegetables and protein, and is much healthier than the classic Chinese take-out version. Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly, Gluten-free. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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35 Responses to Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu {Recipe ReDux}


  1. I finally found something we differ on- I love fried rice! It was one of the first dishes I learned to cook and I used to make it obsessively when I first lived on my own! This version looks delicious and a lot healthier, of course. Thanks for the tip about Trader Joe’s- I’ve bought the frozen cauli rice but will now keep an eye out for the fresh one!

    • Jessica says:

      Oh my goodness Sonali! I can’t believe there’s something we have a difference on! To be fair, I think my reluctance towards fried rice had always been that a) I don’t like greasy Chinese food and b) it has the word “fried” in it, lol! (Although I love french fries!!). I’m so glad I have found the joy and deliciousness of fried rice, even if it’s in my own way. I hope you’ll give my cauliflower rice version a try! And hope you find the fresh cauli rice at TJ’s!

  2. Serena says:

    Ha! I on the other hand HAVE craved fried rice….for the first 3 months of all my pregnancies. But I’ve never made cauliflower rice – so I’m excited to try the less-full version from TJ’s for this yummy looking recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      That’s funny! Pad Thai was a big craving for me when I was pregnant! Wait, are you telling me you have yet to make cauliflower rice at all?! You need to get on that my friend!

  3. I’m going to have to give this a try! Our thoughts an our husbands’ thoughts on Chinese takeout sound very similar!

    • Jessica says:

      That’s funny Rachel! Hope you give this recipe a try and you and the hubby enjoy it!

  4. Farrah says:

    Yummy! I haven’t made tofu in the longest time, but this looks awesome! :D! I need to get more cauliflower too!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Farrah! Hope you try it. It’s my favorite way to eat tofu!

  5. Kaleigh says:

    I was in the same boat with my bowl recipe- I’ve been meaning to post it forever but haven’t. Thanks Recipe ReDux! This sounds so yummy! I still haven’t tried cauli rice, and now I don’t have a TJs nearby 🙁

    • Jessica says:

      I saw that! So funny! I love that now I get a sneak peek at the themes so I can save a recipe if I have it! OMG, you have to try it – it really is so easy to rice cauliflower yourself, just be prepared for a bit of a mess 😉

  6. yeah for a great meatless monday idea!!! i’m always looking for fun new ways to use veggies

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Amanda! Hope this is one idea that you try out and enjoy!

  7. I love cauliflower rice – such a great way to add a little extra nutrition to your meal. I don’t think I’ve tried it as fried rice though – great idea!

    • Jessica says:

      I feel the same way, and also love that I can go back for more and know it’s not breaking the calorie bank! Hope you give it a try in fried rice form!

  8. This looks delicious!! I’ve been wanting to try a cauliflower rice dish for a while now and I love how simple and healthy this fried rice sounds. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Rebecca! You have to try cauli rice – it is so good! If you give this recipe a try i’d love to know how you liked it!

  9. Lauren says:

    Yum! This looks fantastic, I feel the same way about fried rice, it has such an unhealthy connotation. But this healthier version looks fantastic!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Lauren! Yes, you definitely will feel good about this version!!

  10. Mona says:

    This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. Great to know Trader Joe’s sells cauliflower rice. Taylor Farms has just come out with cauliflower pearl – also in the produce section in bags.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Mona! I hope you enjoy it. I don’t think we have Taylor Farms in NY, but cauliflower pearl sounds fantastic!

  11. Great recipe Jessica! I make “classic” fried rice fairly often, b/c my kids and I enjoy it, but your version w/ tofu and cauliflower looks fabulous. I’m not sure my own kids will go for it, but definitely worth a try. And, if not, that just means more for me 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much EA! I sure hope your kids like it. I actually find it a great way to get more veggies in for the kids b/c my girls love the cauli rice! If it’s the tofu your kids aren’t into, the great thing is there are so many alternatives like chicken and beef. But like you said – if they don’t like it, more for you!!

  12. Chelsey says:

    YUM! Totally making these for dinner this week!

    • Jessica says:

      Yay! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  13. TJ’s riced cauliflower for the win! I made a variation of this last week for dinner.

    • Jessica says:

      It’s so good, isn’t it?!

  14. katie says:

    I just discovered Sprouts sells riced cauliflower at a very affordable price, so I will be putting it to good use with this recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Yay! So excited to hear that Katie! Can’t wait to hear how you like the recipe!

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