Is Store-Bought Cauliflower Rice Better than Homemade?

Should you take the convenient route and buy riced cauliflower or is homemade best? Taste test time!

Should you take the convenient route and buy riced cauliflower or is homemade best? Taste test time!


So you read all the articles about cauliflower rice. You know the health benefits, got all your recipes ready for action and you’re on your way to the grocery store. Awesome!

The big question is…do you buy frozen cauliflower rice, fresh cauliflower rice or make it from scratch using a food processor or box grater?

Decisions, decisions!

Here, let me help you decide. I purchased a bag of frozen cauliflower rice from my local grocer’s freezer aisle and another bag of fresh cauliflower rice from the produce department. I also riced two large heads of cauliflower – one using a box grater and another using a food processor. That’s right, I did my own homework and this is what I found.

Different kinds of cauliflower crumbles

In the photo above, the frozen cauliflower rice is the first one to the left and the fresh, store-bought, riced cauliflower is the second one to the left. The third one was grated with a box grater and the last one was grated with a food processor.

The frozen cauliflower rice has smaller, more finely grated pieces making it easy to go from freezer to cooked in no time. The taste is just the same as if you were to make it at home and it pretty much lasts for months in the freezer. You can purchase bags of it and have it on hand whenever you want to make a quick side dish.

Frozen Cauliflower Rice

The fresh store-bought cauliflower rice has larger, rice-like pieces. Taste is not very different from the homemade version but if you’re not a fan of larger rice-like pieces of cauliflower, however, you may want to go with the frozen variety. The fresh cauliflower rice also doesn’t last as long as the frozen cauliflower rice so you will have to use it within the week before it spoils. This may come in handy if you’re on your way home and forgot to thaw or make your own cauliflower rice.

Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles

Both homemade versions resulted in a finer, rice-like texture. Obviously using the box grater requires more muscle and time while grating cauliflower florets in a food processor takes seconds. You may get a waterier cauliflower rice from the food processor. But that’s nothing a quick dish towel squeeze can’t fix.

You still get the same great, fresh flavor in both homemade versions. It just all depends how much time you have on hand and what kitchen equipment you have available at the time.

I hope this helps you the next time you’re in the mood for some cauliflower rice!

Jamie Silva

Jamie Silva is the photographer, recipe developer and food writer behind A Sassy Spoon, a recipe blog for home cooks looking to give classic comfort foods a fresh, seasonal and modern twist! When she’s not cooking up a storm or dancing in her kitchen, you can find her exploring cuisine in other cities or unapologetically raiding the cookie jar.