Cauliflower rice has become a popular low-carb alternative to regular rice. Many people enjoy its mild flavor and the fact that it has fewer calories and carbs than rice. In this article, we’ll explore how to cook frozen cauliflower rice in 4 different ways.

1. How To Cook Frozen Cauliflower Rice on Stove


  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower rice from Costco (about 4 cups)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Add the frozen cauliflower rice to a skillet or pot on the stove over medium heat. Note avoid overcrowding the pan when cooking cauliflower rice. Besides, no need to thaw it first. Thawing it can result in excess moisture, leading to mushiness.

Add the olive oil or butter and stir to coat the cauliflower rice.

Cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes until heated through and tender. You can add a splash of vegetable broth or water while cooking if the rice seems too dry.

Season with salt and pepper as desired. Add any other seasonings you enjoy like garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, etc. However, limit the use of liquid seasonings (like soy sauce) too early in the cooking process. If needed, add them towards the end to prevent excess moisture.

Serve warm and enjoy!

2. How To Cook Frozen Cauliflower Rice in Air Fryer


  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Garlic powder, paprika, or other seasonings (optional)


Preheat air fryer to 370°F.

Toss the frozen cauliflower rice with oil, salt, pepper, and any seasonings in a bowl. The small amount of oil will help separate and coat the frozen cauliflower grains.

Place the air fryer pot in the basket. Spread the seasoned frozen cauliflower rice in an even layer in the pot.

Air fry for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. The cauliflower rice should become tender and lightly browned.

Remove pot and fluff cauliflower rice with a fork. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Serve warm.

3. How To Cook Frozen Cauliflower Rice in Microwave


  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower rice from Costco (about 4 cups)
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • Pinch of salt


Place the frozen cauliflower rice in a microwave-safe bowl with the water and salt.

Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, stopping halfway to stir.

Continue microwaving in 1 minute increments, stirring between each, until heated through and tender.

Drain any excess water if needed and season as desired.

The steam created by the water will help cook the cauliflower rice. Draining excess water at the end will keep it from being too wet. Season and serve warm.

4. How To Cook Frozen Cauliflower Rice in Oven


  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen cauliflower rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the frozen cauliflower rice evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss gently to coat.

Roast for 15-18 minutes, stirring halfway, until cauliflower rice is tender and starts to brown lightly. Roasting time may vary based on amount of cauliflower rice. For larger amounts, roast for 18-22 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired. Toss to combine.

Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve warm.

Frozen cauliflower rice is a healthy, low-carb alternative to regular rice that can be cooked quickly and easily using a stove, air fryer, microwave or oven help. I hope that after reading this article, you know how to cook frozen cauliflower rice properly and can easily incorporate this healthy ingredient into a variety of recipes

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Jarrett Stieber

Discover mouthwatering recipes, how to cook basic, and knowledge to know when cooking with Jarrett Stieber on the website Eat Me Speak Me. I'm a chef with over 10 years of experience and is famous in Atlanta.

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