Malaysian-Style Cauliflower Rice Recipe For a Healthy Cheat Day

Credit: Gerald Lee

After a long festive holiday with all that good but greasy food consumed, its time to be hipped and cook something ultra healthy yet delicious and most importantly simple.

This recipe is inspired by my all time favourite Malaysian Chinese-style fried rice. This is a wonderful yet satisfying carb-free dish. In addition to that you are adding more vegetables to your diet.

I’m excited to be able to share this delicious recipe with you. So, let’s get started!



  • 1kg cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 stalks of spring onions , diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 400g of fresh prawns, peeled
  • 2 kaffir lime, sliced to wedges
  • 1/2 cups of green peas
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 tablespoons of soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of water


  • 1 stalk of coriander, sliced thinly
  • 1 fresh red chilli, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of fried shallot
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted black sesame seed
  • 2 tablespoon of chilli flakes


a) Preparing the cauliflower rice

  1. Pulse the cauliflower florets in the food processor until it looks like coarse grains.

Note: Make sure you prepare the cauliflower rice just before you’re ready to cook everything else. Keeping it in the fridge will make it turn soggy. That’s definitely a great texture when you’re making fried rice!

b) Preparing the omelette

  1. In bowl, add in 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of water, a pinch of salt and pepper. Lightly whisk with a fork til frothy and mixed well.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan on medium high heat.
  3. Pour in the egg mixture and make sure the whole pan is coated evenly. Let the egg cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Flip it over and cook the other side for another 1 minute.
  5. Turn off the heat, place the omelette on to a flat plate, roll and slice with a knife. Set aside.

c) Frying the cauliflower:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan on medium high heat.
  2. Saute the garlic and ginger till fragrant.
  3. Add in the shrimp and fry it for 5-6 minutes until it turns pinkish red.
  4. Add in the cauliflower rice and stir for 4 minutes.
  5. Add in the snow peas and grated carrot. Mix well.
  6. Add in the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Stir well for 2 minutes and take it off the heat.
  7. Garnish with sliced fresh chilies, fried shallots, coriander, spring onions, sesame seeds and lime.

Be Healthy While Enjoying Food!

So, how do you like that? This fried cauliflower rice has all the flavours of a good plate of Chinese-style fried rice that you find here in Malaysia but without the repercussions! Isn’t that the dream? To lose weight without having to restrict yourself from eating delicious comforting food?

So, if you ever feel like having a cheat day, try out this recipe. If you’re interested in more Nonya inspired dishes, check out my other delectable recipes that I have shared here on Butterkicap. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me directly on my Instagram page, @justinescakesandkueh and do follow Butterkicap’s Instagram and Facebook pages for more recipe updates from yours truly!

Justine Lim

With love for the freshest and natural ingredients, Justine Lim aspires to recreate heritage Malaysian recipes into modern, elegant-looking delicacies. Catch more of her delicious creations on her Instagram profile, @justinescakesnkueh

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