Cauliflower Fried Rice Camping Recipe

Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice

This fried rice camping recipe is made with fresh shrimp, riced cauliflower, carrot, green onion, spices, low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and eggs. All ingredients are fresh, and can be purchased at the store on your way to camp!

I’ve been making a similar cauliflower fried rice at home and wanted to see how easy it would be to make while camping. You can switch up the proteins pretty easily, or omit them completely. Of course, this recipe omits a few traditional fried rice ingredients, but like any camping meal that aims to be easy to make – there’s going to be a few sacrifices. Luckily, this version is packed with protein, flavor, and is pretty simple to make.

I made this cauliflower fried rice recipe while I’m motorcycle camping. If I can do it while traveling on a motorcycle, you can easily do it at home, in your overlanding rig, or while car camping! You can also check out more recipes, here.

What You’ll Need: 

Camp Kitchen Equipment:

  • Camp Stove: I’d recommend using a camp stove rather than building a fire (firewood at campgrounds can also be pricey, or may not be allowed due to fire bans). I utilize the stove + pot support that comes with my Jetboil MicroMo. Pssst: don’t forget your fuel!
  • Kitchen Knife: Using a sharp, quality kitchen knife to chop veggies will make prepping your food a breeze. I recently upgraded to this Kitchen Knife from Sea to Summit and love how sharp it is!
  • Spatula: You can always bring cookware items that you use at home. However, over the years, I’ve invested in camp kitchen tools like this spatula that collapse down and take up minimal room.
  • Cutting Board: I take a small prep board with me
  • Eating Utensils
  • Bowl (or just eat straight from the pan, up to you!)

For Cleanup:

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Cleaning Cloth

Other Helpful Camping Items:

  • Packable cooler: to keep items such as eggs and shrimp refrigerated. It’s important to note that for longer trips, you should avoid keeping perishable foods for extended periods without refrigeration.
  • Egg Holder: to pack a few eggs from home
  • Reusable Tubes: I packed my Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil in reusable tubes from home.
  • Camp Kitchen Tool Kit: this tool kit from Sea to Summit comes with many items you’d need to cook this meal: a Spatula, reusable bottles, and a cleanup kit.  

Camp Cauliflower Fried Rice Ingredients: 

Because this meal is meant to be easy to make while camping, it’s missing some ingredients you’d typically find in fried rice recipes such as garlic, ginger, sugar, and rice vinegar. Feel free to add them if you wish. Here’s how I make mine:

  • Shrimp: ¼ to ½ pound of shrimp will work well. Or, pick your own protein!
  • Riced Cauliflower: I use shelf-stable packets. You can find them at most major grocery stores. 
  • 1 Carrot
  • Green Onion
  • Eggs: I used 2 real eggs, but powdered eggs such as OvaEasy will work as well.
  • Seasoning: I use a premade Garlic Salt and pepper mix that I pack in a small 2oz Nalgene bottle.
  • 1-2 TBS of Soy Sauce: You can bring a whole bottle, or use 1-2 soy sauce packets. (I prefer low sodium, so I bring mine in a reusable bottle)
  • Sesame Oil (to taste): This is an item that I bring from home, but can easily be picked up at the grocery store. Some people love sesame oil while others don’t. Plan to use at least a teaspoon, if not a tablespoon.
  • Cooking Oil: Personally, I use Olive Oil. Vegetable, avocados, or another cooking oil of your preference will be fine.

This meal will feed 1-2 people, depending on how hungry you are. Add extra eggs or protein if you’d like to feed 2 people comfortably.

Alternative Camp Cauliflower Fried Rice Options:

  • Rice instead of Cauliflower: If you’re not looking for a low-carb meal option, use the real thing! You can cook rice at your campsite, or pick up pre-made rice packets for an easier camp meal.
  • Protein Alternatives: If you don’t want to use shrimp, you can also try using chicken, beef, or textured vegetable protein.

How to make Camp Cauliflower Fried Rice:

  1. Prepare Your Camp Stove: Set up your camp stove and skillet, adding oil and allowing it to heat while you chop your veggies.
  2. Cook your Shrimp: (you can do this at the very end, but I prefer to cook them first, then set them aside)
  3. Prep your veggies: Chop your carrot and green onion. The thinner the carrot is sliced, the faster it will cook!
  4. Once the oil is heated, add carrots to the skillet, stirring occasionally. Cook until the carrots are tender, then add the green onion.
  5. Add your riced cauliflower, and allow it to cook with the carrots for a few minutes before adding in the soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Push the cauliflower fried rice to the sides of the pan, creating a hole in the middle. Add your eggs, and scramble. Once your eggs are fully cooked, scramble everything together, and then remove the skillet from the camp stove to cool.
  7. Garnish, Serve, and Enjoy! Once everything is cooked, add the shrimp to the top of your meal (or mix them in), and garnish with additional green onion. Enjoy!

Tips for Cleaning Up:

  • Dispose of Waste Properly: Collect any food scraps or trash in a designated bag, and dispose of it in a trash receptacle. Please follow Leave No Trace principles. This is crucial to keep wildlife from wandering in to your campsite looking for food.
  • Scrape and Wipe Clean: Before using soap, scrape off any food residue from your cookware and utensils and give them a good wipe with a cloth. This reduces the amount of soap and water needed for cleaning.
  • Secure Your Food: When you’re not actively using your food or cooking equipment, store them in sealed containers or resealable bags to deter animals from sniffing around your campsite.
  • Educate Yourself: Research the specific regulations and guidelines for the area where you’re camping. Some locations may have specific rules regarding waste disposal and cleanup.
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Staci Wilt

I’m Staci: a freelance journalist, photographer, and marketing consultant. I primarily focus those skills around my passions of motorcycles, travel, and food…and yes, we will count margaritas and craft beer in that last category. Thanks for checking out my blog!
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