It is so easy to make air fried cauliflower rice in the air fryer! You can follow this recipe exactly or mix-and-match your own veggies to suit your tastes.
Making air fried cauliflower rice in the air fryer seems more complicated than it is. You might think that you need an inner dish, but in my experience, way fewer cauliflower bits fall through the holes than you’d expect. I make my air fried cauliflower rice with no dish and no parchment paper to line the pan.
Mixing Up Your Air Fried Cauliflower Rice
This recipe is adapted from my Pineapple Fried Rice, and you can use the technique below to adapt your favorite fried rice recipe or use what you have in the fridge. You’ll still do your cooking in two rounds, just like below. Here’s what you do:
- Round 1: These are the veggies that need the most time to cook. Think hard veggies like carrots, celery, onions, and eggplant that would take a while to soften on the stove.
- Round 2: This is where you add your cauliflower rice and your quicker-cooking veggies, like broccoli, kale, and mushrooms. Because veggie cooking times may vary, Round 2 might need up to 2-3 additional minutes to complete. Check for doneness after 5 minutes, and if your veggies aren’t cooked to your liking, cook for another 2-3. Easy peasy!
You can also omit the tofu or substitute other plant-based proteins like seitan or vegan chicken strips. Mix, match, and have fun with it! Don’t be shy about raiding your fridge and freezer for ingredients.
Whether you follow my recipe to the letter of mix up your own, air fried cauliflower rice is a quick and easy weeknight dish that’s ready in under 30 minutes. You can watch the recipe video, or find the written directions below.