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Looking for an easy Keto side dish recipe? You are going to love this Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe. With just a few ingredients you can have this Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Recipe on the table in no time!

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Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

This Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Rice is the best side dish and can be enjoyed without any guilt while following the Keto diet. It is loaded with lots of cheese and tastes just like comfort food.

If you are eating low carb and following the Keto diet, you probably miss things like Mac and Cheese. Well, this cauliflower rice reminds me of Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.

It has all the goodness of mac and cheese without all the carbs. There is so much cheese and each bite is just amazing. Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe is so good that you might even wonder if it is ok to eat it. It is that good.

Family friendly Keto Cauliflower Rice:

Now you may be wondering but what about my kids? Even if you have kids that absolutely despise cauliflower, I bet they will like it. It doesn’t taste like white rice or brown rice, but topped with cheese, everything is better.

There is so much cheese in this decadent dish that it’s hard to even tell there is cauliflower in there too. Even my non cauliflower loving people enjoy this dish.

Whenever my family is wanting mac and cheese, I fix this delicious recipe and it is always a hit. My family loves to eat rice.

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Ingredients for Cheesy Cauliflower Rice:

  • Riced cauliflower (see how to make cauliflower rice here) – or buy frozen
  • Butter
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cream Cheese
  • Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • Salt

How to make Keto Cheesy Cauliflower recipe:

  • Prepare pan – In a large skillet stir in the riced cauliflower, and butter on medium heat until butter is melted.
  • Add in Seasoning – Add in the garlic salt.
Cauliflower rice cooking in a skillet.
  • Add in the Cheese – Turn down the heat and stir in cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and milk until melted and combined.
  • Stir in Salt – Season with the salt.
  • Serve and Enjoy – Serve immediately.

Toppings for Keto Cauliflower Rice Recipe:

We love topping our Keto Cauliflower. These are some of our favorites:

  • More cheddar cheese
  • Bacon
  • Green Onions
  • Sour Cream

Is Keto Cauliflower Rice Low Carb?

Yes, this recipe is keto friendly and a low carb rice side dish. Each serving is about 3 grams of net carbs. Make sure to shred your own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese contains other ingredients that are not low carb.

You will not find a better or more simpler recipe. This is such an amazing side dish to enjoy on the Keto diet and your weight loss journey. Another low carb rice alternative is shirataki rice or miracle rice.

Close up image of cheesy cauliflower rice in a bowl.

Cauliflower Rice Keto Recipes

We like to save time and usse frozen cauliflower rice. But you can also make Homemade Cauliflower Rice if I have time. It’s very easy to do.

You will just need a head of cauliflower. You can use food processor like this, or you can even use an inexpensive food chopper. In a matter of minutes your fresh cauliflower is chopped up into a “rice”.

It does not take long at all to do this if you want to make your own cauliflower rice.

Close up image of cheesy cauliflower rice on a fork.

Make Low Carb Mashed Cauliflower Casserole:

The cream cheese makes it so rich and creamy. It is a little bit of comfort food in every single bite. Another idea is to use mashed cauliflower and make it more of a casserole. Either way it is so tasty.

Just put it all in a casserole dish and you are set for the perfect side dish. This would even be great for potlucks.

I try to always take one or more low carb recipes so I will have something to eat at parties and such. Top with a few green onions, extra cheese and maybe some bacon. The options are endless.

How to Store and Reheat Cauliflower Rice:

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cauliflower rice will stay good for about 4 -5 days.

To reheat, place in a microwave safe dish and reheat. Start by heating at 1 minute intervals and until hot.

Keto Cheesy Cauliflower is a family favorite: 

Our entire family loves this side dish and that includes the kids. It truly is a hit with everyone which sure makes dinner time easier around here for me.

If you are not following the Keto diet or maybe want to do this for the kids, throw a topping on this recipe. It would be great with ritz crackers with butter all crumbled up. We like to mix it with our stir fry.

But seriously this recipe is so good that even the kids do not need all that extra topping. The cheese sauce is so creamy with the cheddar and cream cheese.

This is a delicious gluten free side dish. Check out Gluten Free Side Dishes Recipes for more easy ideas.

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Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

4.95 from 121 votes
Looking for an easy keto side dish? You're going to love Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. It is easy, cheesy and the best low carb side dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 234


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  • In a large skillet, melt butter and stir in the riced cauliflower on medium heat.
  • Add garlic salt.
  • Continue to cook the cauliflower for about 7 minutes until the cauliflower is less white and tender.
  • Turn down the heat and stir in cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and milk until melted and combined.
  • Season with the salt.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 234kcal, Carbohydrates 6g, Protein 12g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 56mg, Sodium 899mg, Potassium 382mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 580IU, Vitamin C 51.4mg, Calcium 316mg, Iron 0.7mg

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  1. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    Tried this tonight and it was amazing. Really elevated rice cauliflower.

  2. Moe says:

    5 stars
    I’ve enjoyed cheesy cauliflower rice in some frozen meals, but this was my first attempt at making it myself. Delicious! I used a frozen cauliflower rice medley that included chopped carrots and peas and substituted pepper jack cheese for cheddar. It gave it a nice kick. I read one of the comments that suggested using the leftovers for breakfast with an over easy egg and now I can’t wait for the morning! Yum!

  3. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! I hate cauliflower, but my husband is pre-diabetic so we’re making better choices. I added a ton of fresh cracked pepper and chopped up crispy bacon!

  4. Kelly says:

    5 stars
    This was so good and so easy!east!! Will definitely be making again. I used heavy cream instead of milk. I threw it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the top.

  5. Kirsten Barbee says:

    5 stars
    This was amazing! I am not a cauliflower person AT ALL. I am not a fan of most recipes that use it but I keep trying new recipes hoping for one that I will like and I definitely found one here!This was delicious. If I wasn’t the one who made it I wouldn’t have even known that this was made with cauliflower. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  6. SSK says:

    Love this recipe….looks and tastes great and so good for us!!!

  7. Ashley A says:

    Okay this recipe is awesome! I was looking for a good way to flavor up cauliflower rice and so glad I found this. Will be making again!

  8. Sharon says:

    I make this fairly often. We really like it. Tonight I decided to try something different and I riced some broccoli and made the dish with half cauliflower and half broccoli. Really good! Puts a new spin on it.

  9. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it Jennifer – Thanks for sharing!

  10. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    New favorite keto comfort food and so fast and easy! Used almond milk because that’s what I had, came out great!

  11. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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