Spicy Cauliflower Fried 'Rice' with Pork


This is a slightly more spicy (zingy?) take on the paleo-style cauliflower fried rice with pork. You could use any protein. Adjust the poblano chile to mild it down or heat it up as desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
32 mins
4 main-dish servings


  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and cut into florets

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 boneless pork chops

  • ½ teaspoon five-spice powder, or to taste

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¾ cup roughly-chopped mushrooms

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped, or more to taste

  • ½ cup carrot, diced

  • ¼ fresh poblano chile pepper, diced, or to taste

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion


  1. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice.

  2. Heat sesame oil a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Season pork chops with five-spice powder; cook until pork is slightly pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Transfer pork chops to a cutting board to rest.

  3. Whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, fish sauce, red pepper flakes, and ginger together in a bowl.

  4. Return wok to medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms, onion, carrot, and poblano chile until tender, about 4 minutes. Cut pork chops into cubes.

  5. Push mushroom mixture to one side of wok. Add eggs; cook and stir until scrambled, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir mushroom mixture and eggs together in wok. Stir in cauliflower and soy sauce mixture; add pork cubes. Cook until cauliflower is tender, 3 to 4 minutes more. Garnish with green onions.

Cook's Notes:

Liquid amino (such as Bragg's(R)) can be used in place of the soy sauce, if desired.

I used small pork chops for this recipe; about the size of your palm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
13g Fat
17g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 778mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 75mg 373%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 841mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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