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The Best Low Carb Rice Alternatives

If you're looking for low carb rice alternatives – I have an awesome list for you that isn't just cauli rice!

The Best Low Carb Rice Alternatives - including palmini rice, low carb orzo, turnip rice, and more!

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One cup of white rice contains nearly 45g net carbs. So it's no surprise that low carbers need alternatives! Rice is a key ingredient for so many cuisines whether as an integral part of the dish or on the side. Rice is cheap, filling, and it absorbs flavors very well.

So I decided to collect together all the best alternatives and substitutes to rice – there's more than you might think!

The Best Keto Rice Substitutes

Cauliflower Rice

So I'm going to start with cauliflower rice. It's a fantastic and versatile low carb rice alternative – one cup contains just 3g net carbs! When I started low carbing back in 2008 I found it very hard to get used to the amount of cauliflower that was suddenly in my diet. But I realized that for most people, it needs some bold flavors with it. I wasn't going to just make mashed cauliflower – it would be Horseradish Cauliflower Mash

I have used cauli rice in SO many ways since then – so I'm going to drop a link here for how to make cauliflower rice

How to Make Cauliflower Rice - a handy tutorial for anyone following a low carb or keto diet!

Although it's SO easy to buy it ready-riced these days – buying it frozen is SO convenient because you don't have to defrost it before cooking. Before we move onto other options, here are a few recipes that you can make with cauliflower rice:

Broccoli Rice

OK so next up – riced broccoli. Similar to cauliflower and yet OHHH so different!

Broccoli Rice

Check out my recipe for a super easy (and cheesy!) Broccoli-Rice Casserole!

Turnip Rice

A little higher in carbs than cauliflower or broccoli – but if you fancy a change, it is highly recommended. And of course nowhere near as high as real rice! It's as easy to make as cauli- or brocci-rice (!), but with more flavor –  so give it a try!

Find out how to make turnip rice – I sauté it with bacon, garlic, and rosemary. YUM!

Palmini Rice

Sticking with natural ingredients once again – my next suggestion is a relatively new product on the market – Palmini rice! They're made from hearts of palm, and very low in carbs. Buy them from Amazon or Netrition! I use them to make this low carb biryani and four-ingredient Italian Palmini Rice Bake!

Low Carb Biryani with Palmini rice

I'm also going to throw in here that I've heard of zucchini rice and cabbage rice – but I haven't tried either. I think that zucchini rice would be too watery, and cabbage rice would have completely the wrong texture – but let me know in the comments if I should try them!

Shirataki Rice

Moving onto manufactured alternatives, I have long been a fan of shirataki rice (also known as konjac rice). My Ultimate Guide to Shirataki discusses both the noodles and the rice. 

The Ultimate Guide to Shirataki Noodles

As a zero carb alternative to regular rice – it definitely should be considered! Here are some recipes that you might like:

Low Carb Orzo

OK, so I'm slightly sneaking this one in because orzo is in fact rice-shaped pasta. But I feel that it still had a place in this article! It's a product from one of my favorite brands – The Great Low Carb Bread Company – who also make pasta!

Find out more about it in my recipe for low carb Orzo with Spinach and Parmesan!

Low Carb Orzo

So have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments if you know of any low carb rice alternatives that I haven't mentioned here!