Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice that is full of crispy tofu and vegetables tossed with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and cauliflower rice.
This classic Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu is so full of flavor you won't even miss the rice. We have been on a cauliflower fried rice kick lately with this classic and shrimp version and we added another one to the list with tofu.
Last week I faced quite the kitchen challenge when hosting both a vegetarian friend and a low carb friend for dinner the same night. Since it was only the three of us, I didn't want to prepare multiple meals and instead ending up making this Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice and it was a huge hit. I served it with some Sesame Soy Edamame and Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts and everyone was happy.
There are a few things that make this recipe special. The first is the crispy tofu. It adds texture to the dish and in my opinion, the only way to eat tofu is when it is super crispy.
Then there is the cauliflower rice. Cauliflower soaks up flavor really well and in this recipe, it soaks up all the flavor from the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and Sriracha.
Lastly, come the eggs and veggies. They round out the dish and the eggs pack in some extra protein to make the dish filling. It's such a tasty spin on traditional fried rice.
How to make crispy tofu
The key to making tofu recipe delicious is making sure the tofu is crispy and light. No one wants to eat mushy tofu. Here's how to do that:
- Press it: Start by cutting the tofu into large slices and wrapping it in a towel. Place something heavy on top, like a cast-iron skillet, and let the tofu sit for 10 minutes. This draws out the moisture and helps ensure a crispy texture. You can also use a tofu press if you have one.
- Add flavor: Next up, you want to season the tofu. The easiest way to do this is by adding some soy sauce or tamari.
- Cornstarch and seasoning: To get the crispiest tofu possible, you will want to toss it in some cornstarch. You can also add seasoning at this step like curry powder, pepper, or any other seasoning you like.
- Oil: Last up, you will need some oil to cook the tofu. You won't need very much, a tablespoon is usually plenty. Then you are ready to cook it over high heat in a skillet or bake it in the oven.
How to make cauliflower rice
When it comes to cauliflower rice, there are lots of options. You can make it from scratch starting with fresh cauliflower or you can take the easy route and use a packaged version. Fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable cauliflower rice will all work in this recipe. If you want to make it homemade, here's what to do:
- Food processor: Cut the cauliflower into florets and add them to the food processor, making sure not to overfill. Pulse until they are in rice size pieces and repeat with remaining cauliflower.
- Box grater: You can also make cauliflower rice using a box grater. Simple grate large pieces of the cauliflower against the small to medium grates.
- Knife: If you have a sharp knife and fairly good knife skills, you can also chop the florets down into rice. It will just take longer and the pieces may not be quite as uniform.
Recipe Tips and Ideas
- Make it vegan: Leave out the eggs and add some edamame or chopped peanuts for extra protein if you need it.
- Make it gluten-free: Use coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce and double-check that your tofu is gluten-free. Most plain tofu is naturally gluten-free but flavored options sometimes contain gluten.
- Try new veggies: This recipe works with any kind of veggies you like. Just make sure to chop them small enough that they will cook quickly. Some favorites include asparagus, green beans, bok choy, snap peas, broccoli, and butternut squash.
- Save time: If you want to save time, use premade cauliflower rice in this recipe instead of making it from scratch. You can also swap in baked tofu that doesn't have to be pressed and cooked. The teriyaki baked tofu is really delicious in this recipe.
- More filling: If you want a more filling cauliflower rice, you can add in some cooked brown rice or quinoa to bulk things up.
- Try a different veggie rice: If you don't like cauliflower rice, you could make this with cabbage rice, broccoli rice, and I have even seen sweet potato rice.
Can you freeze Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice?
Generally speaking, cauliflower fried rice can be kept in the freezer for 3-4 months in an airtight container. However, tofu doesn't freeze well. If you plan on storing leftovers in the freeze, store them without the tofu and then cook the tofu fresh before serving. The rice can be reheated in a skillet with a touch of oil or in the microwave.
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- 16 oz extra firm tofu
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Salt and pepper
- 3 cups cauliflower rice
- 2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, grated
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (more to taste)
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