Hey everyone! It’s Kevin here, and today I have a recipe for a healthy version of one of my favorite Korean dishes, kimchi fried rice!
This cauliflower kimchi fried rice recipe uses cauliflower rice instead of regular white rice which just about halves the amount of calories per serving! Don’t worry though, with the strong combination of flavors from the onions, bacon, and kimchi, you won’t even notice! I was hesitant to try this at first because I thought there was no way that cauliflower rice could taste as good, but I’m so glad to report that I was proven completely wrong.
I was inspired to make cauliflower kimchi fried rice because I haven’t been able to exercise as much as normal due to the Covid-19 situation. I was craving kimchi fried rice, but I also didn’t want to eat such an indulgent meal, so I decided to give cauliflower kimchi fried rice a shot, and it turned out so much better than I expected!
Why Cauliflower Rice?
Cauliflower rice is a popular low-carb and nutritious substitute for regular rice. It’s also incredibly easy to make at home!
Among the many health benefits of cauliflower rice, it only has 25 calories per cup, compared to 240 per cup of white rice. It is also high in fiber and has many of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Because of its low calorie content and high fiber, it is a popular rice substitute among those who are looking to lose weight.
However, you may be thinking that while it’s great that cauliflower is healthier than regular rice, it’s not worth sacrificing the integrity of your dish to replace rice with cauliflower rice. Before making this recipe, I would have been inclined to agree with you, but trust me, with this cauliflower kimchi fried rice, you won’t miss the rice.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice
Now that you’re hopefully convinced that cauliflower rice is just as delicious as regular rice in kimchi fried rice, let’s talk about how easy it is to make cauliflower rice at home!
There are two ways of making cauliflower rice at home: with a food processor (which I recommend), or with a box grater. I’ll describe how to do both, but I want to emphasize that it is MUCH easier to make with a food processor.
To make cauliflower rice with a food processor, start off by cutting the cauliflower into small pieces that will fit in your food processor. Then, add some of the cauliflower to your food processor (don’t pack it too tightly). My food processor has two functions: chop and grind. I found this to be perfect since I could first use the chop function to cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces then use the grind function to cut them to rice-sized pieces. Your food processor may be slightly different, but the idea will be the same: cut the cauliflower smaller, then grind them into rice.
To make cauliflower rice with a box grater, start off by cutting the cauliflower into relatively large pieces. In one hand, grab a piece of the cauliflower and in the other, hold the box grater. Grate the cauliflower using the large holes on the box grater. The reason I don’t recommend this option as much as the food processor is that first, it’s a lot messier with pieces of cauliflower flying around as you grate, and second, the pieces probably won’t be as even in size.
A third option is to head to your local grocery store and buy some (frozen) cauliflower rice!
Kimchi Fried Rice
Kimchi fried rice is one of the most popular dishes in Korea. Every kid grows up eating this dish at home, and you can find it in almost any Korean restaurant, even in the US. Most families in Korea have their own family kimchi recipe, so every family’s kimchi fried rice will taste different! To compare to the US, kimchi fried rice is as popular in Korea as hamburgers are in the US.
Personally, kimchi fried rice is also one of my all time favorite Korean dishes. I used to not really like the taste of kimchi because of the sour fermented taste. However, the after frying it with bacon and onions, the flavors combine in such a way that the sourness goes away, and you’re left with a brilliantly unique spicy and savory taste that can’t be found anywhere else.
If you’ve had kimchi sitting in your fridge for a long time and it’s too fermented to eat by itself now, kimchi fried rice is the perfect way to use it up! Not only will you open up some fridge space, but you’ll get an amazing well-rounded meal out of it. Just be sure to save some of the kimchi brine to add to the fried rice at the end so you can adjust the spice level.
Kimchi fried rice is a great meal by itself, but Korean meals always have side dishes. Try eating this cauliflower kimchi fried rice with dubu jorim!
Ready to dive into this healthy low-carb cauliflower kimchi fried rice? Let’s get started!
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