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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.

Close up image of cheesy cauliflower rice on a fork.

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!

  12. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I made this with the frozen, added some leftover broccoli (chopped it), then followed the recipe. We loved it! Thank you ?

  13. Gail B. says:

    5 stars
    I’m trying to find a good alternative to mac and cheese and I found it here! I made it with fresh bagged cauliflower rice – will try it with frozen next time given the great reviews here.

  14. Carrie says:

    I would sauté it in the pan at the beginning of the recipe instead of the fresh cauliflower, but it will take just half of the time as frozen always cooks faster for me, then follow the remaining recipe from there. Thank you!

  15. Cherrie says:

    How would I use frozen riced cauliflower with this instead of fresh please?

  16. Carrie says:

    I just season it with the salt once it’s cooked. I’ll update the recipe to clarify!

  17. Emily says:

    I see salt listed twice at the end of the recipe but no mention of any salt in the directions? Am I missing something? Can’t wait to try this!

  18. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you loved it!

  19. Kim Kirby says:

    5 stars
    Made tonight it was the BEST Cauliflower recipe I have found! It was to die for!! Just excellet
    Thank you so much!!!

  20. Carrie says:

    Awesome! I’m glad your family loved it!

  21. Norma Teresa says:

    5 stars
    Even my veggie haters ate seconds and thirds! i made the recipe exactly as written and will definitely make again. Just like with mac and cheese, there are many add ins that I will try such as tomatoes with green chilis, broccoli, and bacon! Thank you for this recipe.

  22. Carrie says:

    I usually reheat it and it works great. Thanks.

  23. Cheally says:

    How well does this reheat for leftovers?

  24. Ruth Hatcher says:

    Made this with hwc so good. Leftover for breakfast with egg overeasy. Reminds me of Cracker Barrel hash brown dish.

  25. Carrie says:

    Good idea!

  26. Carrie says:

    I’m glad you loved it!

  27. Maria says:

    It should be had because milk is not keto

  28. Deanna says:

    I realized after i started cooking the cauliflower i didnt have milk so i used sour cream turned out great

  29. Julie says:

    5 stars
    From Oz: This is so easy and very very yummy. Once you’ve made it a couple of times, you could add whatever you like. I love some of the ideas in past reviews. Definitely a staple now in our keto household. ??

  30. Julie says:

    5 stars
    From Oz: This is so easy and very very yummy. Once you’ve made it a couple of times, you could add whatever you like. I love some of the ideas in past reviews. Definitely a staple now in our keto household. ??

  31. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    So good and and so easy. I added some green onions at the end and it was perfect. Served during the Super Bowl with slow cooked brisket and fried cabbage. Perfect keto meal. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Jennifer Alaniz says:

    5 stars
    Oh…this was fabulous and so easy. Thank you!

  33. Michael J Mahoney says:

    5 stars
    Quick, easy and delicious recipe. I skipped the butter, cooked about 4 strips of bacon and then cooked the cauliflower in the bacon grease. I’ll definitely be adding green onions next time!

  34. Carrie says:

    Yes, I would add in cooked broccoli at the in. Thank you!

  35. Jazmin Meyers says:

    5 stars
    This was so easy to make and so delicious thanks so much for the awesome recipe ! Taste so much similar to a mac and cheese . Will deff be making more of this but my question is how would I make this with broccoli ??

  36. Carrie says:

    Great to hear – Thank you for sharing!

  37. Ryan says:

    What a delicious recipe!! Made this tonight, for my wife and I. It was a fantastic dinner and this Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Rice was very rich and filling side. The flavor reminded me of a twice baked potato. I will definitely be making this again and again!

  38. Carrie says:

    Yum – The gouda would be amazing!

  39. C. Morgan says:

    5 stars
    Wow!!! Just made this for dinner and it came out amazing. I also added broccoli to the dish and sprinkled a little smoked Gouda. Game changer!! Thanks for the recipe, will def make this again!

  40. Carrie says:

    Yum – Great ideas Miranda – Thanks for sharing 🙂

  41. Miranda says:

    5 stars
    This was so awesome! I used heavy whipping cream bc I was out if milk and I added a pouch of tuna and it was amazing. It tasted like the cheesy tuna helper!! Thanks!

  42. Carrie says:

    Yes, I think heavy whipping cream will taste great in this. I haven’t tried that yet, so let me know how it turns out.

  43. Amy says:

    Will this work as well with heavy cream instead of milk? It looks amazing!! Just worried about the extra sugar!!

  44. Carrie says:

    Yum! I love the idea of adding broccoli. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Tiah Schwarberg says:

    5 stars
    Made this and added some broccoli as well!! Not identical, but reminded me of cheese, rice, and broccoli casserole! Yum! Thanks for sharing!!!

  46. Carrie says:

    Melissa- It’s hard to put an exact measurement on it as each batch is different. The entire recipe is for 6 servings. Mine are generally about 2/3-3/4 of a cup. I hope you enjoy it!

  47. Carrie says:

    Awesome – I’m glad you liked it Brittany!

  48. Brittany S says:

    5 stars
    I used frozen riced cauliflower that I microwaved and then sauteed as directed. It was sooo good. Definitely a cross between cheesy grits or mac n cheese. Sprinkled crumbled bacon on top! Yum. A smoky cheese would be an amazing addition, too.

  49. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    What amount is a serving size? 1/2 cup?

  50. Brittany says:

    5 stars
    So delicious! Craving shrimp and grits since i started low carb – this will serve as my “grits” for sure!

  51. LynnM says:

    5 stars
    Wow, this was yummy!! I don’t generally have a lot of luck with mashed cauliflower, so this recipe (mostly because of its simplicity) caught my eye. Made it to go with keto meatloaf and it was a huge hit! Thanks for a fabulous go-to side dish!