Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice
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Cauliflower rice can replace rice in any recipe for a low-carb option. Try this Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice inspired by traditional Spanish flavors. 

cauliflower rice in a white square bowl

My fiance’s family is originally from Spain and over the years of us dating, I’ve really come to learn about Spanish cuisine and now love using certain spices that are common in traditional Spanish dishes. One spice that is commonly used is smoked paprika.

cauliflower rice with almonds

What is smoked paprika?

Smoked paprika is a Spanish cousin to the more widely used sweet Hungarian paprika. It’s made from pimiento peppers that have been dried and smoked over an oak fire, then ground into a fine powder. It has a deep red color and a smoky aroma.

Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice on a marble slab with almonds

Cauliflower rice has become one of my favorite side dishes because it cooks up so quickly, plus it adds a full serving+ of vegetables to a meal.

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable (or Brassicaceae) family- along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, and some other less common varieties.

Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice in a white square bowl
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Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice in a white square bowl

Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: spanish


  • 2 medium heads cauliflower, cored and riced (see tips in the note section)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, until the onion begins to turn translucent and is fragrant. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. (Be sure to not overcook, or cauliflower will become mushy) Add paprika and cumin. Sauté for an additional minute.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and tomato paste until smooth. Add to the skillet and stir to incorporate into the cauliflower rice. Cook for 2-3 minutes until liquid has absorbed and evaporated.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with almonds and parsley.


recipe adapted from Paleo magazine

To rice the cauliflower:
option 1: Take a box grater and grate the cauliflower into rice in a bowl
option 2: Place cauliflower florets in a food processor pulse until reach desired rice consistency.
option 3: Buy the pre-riced cauliflower, often found fresh in the produce section or frozen at your local grocery store.

Keywords: cauliflower, cauliflower rice, spanish

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