If you love cauliflower rice, then today’s recipe is going to make you super excited!

I’m sharing a wonderfully quick and easy low carb side dish recipe for Cauliflower Rice with Sumac. It takes just minutes to throw together, which is perfect for when you need a side dish STAT, and has such beautiful, bold flavors.

Cauliflower Rice with Sumac


Sumac is a dried, red spice frequently used in Middle Eastern cooking, and is made by crushing the dried berries of the sumac bush. It has a bright, tangy, slightly acidic flavor that has been quickly gaining popularity.

Sumac is sure to jazz up just about any dish with an unexpected pop, Try sprinkling it over rice, hummus, tabbouleh salad, or mix it into a vinaigrette to dress your salad. It’s also the star of my Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe and would be perfect to add to my Arabic Fattoush Salad!

I have become absolutely infatuated with sumac, and have been finding lots of different ways to use it. Because of the recent rise of interest in sumac, many grocery stores are stocking it along with their regular spices. But you’ll also be able to find it at specialty retailers, like Whole Foods. I usually just buy mine from Amazon, because I can get a bigger jar for a great price (we use a LOT!).

Cauliflower Rice with Sumac

Cauliflower rice is really an easy side dish recipe that has fantastic flavor and will work well with a variety of meals. But if you are expecting it to taste exactly like rice, you might be disappointed. It does taste like cauliflower! Enhanced with all the wonderful flavors of all the other ingredients, of course. So if you love cauliflower as much as I do, you will LOVE this cauliflower rice recipe.

You can serve it under a portion of food in the same way that you would use rice. I love it under my Instant Pot Moroccan Meatballs or my Moroccan Fish Recipe. Or just eat it on the side, as is.

Cauliflower Rice with Sumac

And if you happen to be following any other diet or nutritional program, this cauliflower rice works with just about all of them! It’s Low-Carb, Gluten Free, Paleo, Keto friendly, and Whole 30 approved.


While these days, most supermarkets carry packages of pre-made cauliflower rice, both the fresh and frozen variety. But if you prefer it freshly made, you can do it yourself in minutes.

Making your own cauliflower rice is a pretty easy, 2 step-process. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Remove leaves and most of the core from the cauliflower.
  2. Chop or break the cauliflower up into small florets.
  3. Put the cauliflower pieces in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, and gently pulse until the cauliflower has a texture similar to rice. Be careful not to go overboard with the processing though, or you’ll end up with cauliflower puree.

I’ve also seen cauliflower rice made with a hand grater, which does work, but is a much more time consuming process. Do yourself a favor, and stick with the food processor. :)

Cauliflower Rice with Sumac

Need some more Low-Carb Cauliflower Recipe Ideas? Try these!

Cauliflower Nachos
Low-Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh
Chicken Taco Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice with Sumac

Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice with Sumac Recipe

In this easy, low carb side dish recipe, cauliflower rice is sauteed with garlic and onions, then seasoned with the beautiful fragrant and tangy sumac spice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 102 kcal


  • 1 14 -16 oz package of cauliflower rice
  • 1 small onion - (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic - (minced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1- 2 tbsp sumac - (as desired)
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley - (chopped)


  • Heat oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat.
  • Add in onions and cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.
  • Then add in garlic and cauliflower rice. Season generously with salt, pepper, and a bit of the sumac. Turn heat up to medium high, and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned - about 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in fresh lemon juice, then transfer to serving plate. Sprinkle with remaining sumac, and top with fresh parsley.


  • The entire recipe is 2 servings
  • The serving size is about 1 cup


Calories: 102 kcal (5%)Carbohydrates: 9.1 g (3%)Protein: 1.8 g (4%)Fat: 7.2 g (11%)Saturated Fat: 1 g (6%)Cholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 52 mg (2%)Potassium: 116 mg (3%)Fiber: 2 g (8%)Sugar: 5.4 g (6%)Calcium: 20 mg (2%)Iron: 0.5 mg (3%)
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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