Cauliflower couscous

What do you do?

When setting off on a journey to remove processed foods from your diet, you may stop and ask yourself the question What can I eat instead of rice/couscous/pasta/bread? 

The answer is to find a suitable replacement.

The options are limitless; you can find gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, I could go on. An easy way to eat clean and simple is to switch out the standard meal padding of rice/couscous/pasta/bread with a vegetable alternative or something you can make yourself. 

This recipe is an excellent alternative that can be easily added to your meal. 

Easy to make with the right tools 

It is simple to make when the ingredients are prepared, but the preparation can take some time. I spent a year grating all of my cauliflowers by hand before moving over to a food processor and away from the weekly skin grafts to my fingers. I was becoming concerned that my family would develop a liking of long pig in their food. A food processor with a grating attachment is a must if you intend to move away from real rice. You can process 4 cauliflower heads in the time it takes to grate one by hand. To make couscous I like to use the larger grating attachment to get a more chunky texture.

Perfect hot or cold

As with regular cous cous you can have this hot or cold, once it has been cooked the options are unlimited. You can freeze cauliflower if it is raw or cooked. That means you can make the most of cauliflower when they are in season and cheap. I like to buy in bulk, grate, portion and freeze.

Cauliflower couscous recipe


  • 1 head cauliflower grated
  • 1/2 onion, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced (optional)

Cauliflower couscous

  • Servings: 4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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This easy to make alternative to couscous is a must know recipe for clean eating, paleo, primal and keto diets.

Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats


  • 1 head cauliflower grated
  • 1/2 onion, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced (optional)


  1. Break the cauliflower into large florets.
  2. Use a food processor with a corse grating attachment to grate cauliflower.
  3. If you don’t have a food processor you can grate the cauliflower by hand.
  4. Finely chop the onion.
  5. When all of the cauliflower is grated transfer it to a mixing bowl.
  6. Take a large frying pan over a medium heat and melt some coconut oil.
  7. Add the onion to the frying pan.
  8. Cook the onion until it is softened.
  9. Add the cauliflower to the frying pan.
  10. Cook the cauliflower and onion for 5 minutes.
  11. Keep the cauliflower moving in the pan, you don’t want it to colour.
  12. When the cauliflower has softened it is ready to serve.
  13. Serve hot or cold.
  14. You can freeze the cauliflower cous cous to use anytime you need it.


Per Serving: 54 calories; 0 g fat; 12 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein


  • Food processor 
  • Grating attachment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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