Nashville Hot Cauliflower Rice Bowl

This spicy southern-inspired Cauliflower Rice Bowl is just as delicious as it looks! Snap a pic and share this mouth-watering meal on social media.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 25 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
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TOTAL TIME 45 mins


  • 1 bag Success® White Rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 cups cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/3 cup cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds


  • These hot cauliflower “wings” are perfect for a spicy and hearty meal with pickled cucumbers on top to add a refreshing touch.

    Step 1

  • Prepare white rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Whisk together water, vinegar, sugar and 1 ½ tsp salt until dissolved. Place cucumbers in small bowl or jar; pour vinegar mixture over top, ensuring cucumbers are submerged. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before using.

    Step 3

  • Meanwhile, pour enough oil to come at least 3 inches up side of deep pot; heat until deep-fry thermometer reaches 375°F. In bowl, mix together flour, soy milk, remaining salt, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper until smooth; dip cauliflower florets into batter, shaking off excess. Fry, in batches, for about 7 minutes or until golden brown. Drain and toss with hot sauce.

    Step 4

  • Divide rice evenly among 4 bowls. Top with fried cauliflower and quick pickled cucumbers; sprinkle chili flakes and black sesame seeds over top.

    Recipe Tip

    Leftover quick-pickled cucumbers can be refrigerated for up to one week.

Cauliflower Versatility

Often overlooked, cauliflower landed the starring role in this rice bowl! We’ve swapped out the chicken wings for a more plant-based alternative in this Nashville hot wings inspired meal. Incredibly versatile, cauliflower is breaded, fried and coated in hot sauce for that perfectly tender bite that both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike can enjoy!

Not to mention, cauliflower also works perfectly in other unlikely recipes:

Quinoa Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Curry Cauliflower Buddha Rice Bowl 

Elevated Rice Bowls

A great way to elevate your meals in a bowl is by not only choosing quality and tasty ingredients, but also a variety of colors too. After all, we do eat with our eyes. This rice bowl uses white rice topped with red hot cauliflower and green pickled cucumber to keep you coming back for more.

Want more tips to elevate your rice bowls? Take a look at our guide to elevating your meals in a bowl to make them not only delicious, but shareable with friends and family too!