Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

large bowl of cheesy cauli rice

This cheesy cauliflower rice is the perfect low-carb side dish that pairs great with any protein!



  • 1 large head of cauliflower, riced or
    16 oz bag riced cauliflower 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk
  • 2 strips of bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
  • Chives, optional


  1. If using a head of cauliflower, rice it first. If using frozen, thaw it out completely and ring out any excess water.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; once hot, melt the butter. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute until toasted and fragrant. 
  3. To the skillet, add the cauliflower rice and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the cream cheese to the middle of the pan and begin to melt it slowly into the cauliflower. Add the cheddar cheese, and combine. Slowly add a tablespoon of water at a time to the pan to help give the melted cheeses a sauce-like texture. Once the cheesy mixture has been incorporated into the cauliflower rice, turn off the heat.
  5. Sprinkle chopped bacon bits over the top and finely chopped chives, if using.



Nutrition information is for 4 generous servings. Turn this into 6 servings, and you’ll reduce the nutrition to 185cal, 4 net carbs (5.5g carb, 1.5 fiber), 14g fat, and 8.5g protein.