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June 29, 2020

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice is an easy side dish that is healthy and low-carb! Serve it with your favorite Mexican, chicken or salmon dishes. It takes under 20 minutes to make and is so tasty!

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice in skillet

Are you wanting to get more vegetables into your diet?

This cauliflower rice is so tasty and perfect for when you are want a low-carb side dish and also want to eat more veggies.

I serve it as a base for burrito or taco bowls, alongside this Chili Lime Salmon dish, and Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers, or paired with my favorite Mexican meats like Chipotle Beef Barbacoa, or Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas.

The added squeeze of lime juice and fresh cilantro makes the flavor POP. After the cauliflower rice is cooked it forms into a soft and fluffy texture on the inside, and a crispy texture on the outside that’s IRRESISTIBLE.

Riced cauliflower in food processor bowl

HOW TO MAKE CILANTRO LIME CAULIFLOWER RICE

Making cauliflower rice is so simple! Just follow the steps below:

  1. Choose your cauliflower: a whole head of cauliflower or bagged cauliflower florets will work. I aim to pick a small to medium-sized head of cauliflower rice, because a large one makes a ton of rice! Make sure there are no brown or black spots on the cauliflower. Also, I would skip the frozen cauliflower florets.
  2. Chop, Chop, Chop: Chop the cauliflower head into florets and place them in the food processor. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of the cauliflower head. This is the food processor I used, and use all the time! If you don’t have a food processor, don’t stress! You can use a cutting board and a sharp knife and chop the cauliflower until it is riced. You can also use a box grater which I have used before. It works great!
  3. Cook the rice: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil. Place the cauliflower rice into the skillet and sauté it for 3-5 minutes, or until the cauliflower becomes tender.
  4. Season the rice: Once the cauliflower rice is cooked, remove it from the heat and squeeze the lime juice, add the seasonings, and stir in the fresh cilantro. (Go here to learn how to chop cilantro). Salt and pepper to taste.
cauliflower rice garnished with cilantro and lime wedges

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Make sure skillet is HOT before adding the cauliflower rice. Wait until the oil ‘spits’, then add the rice.
  • Use fresh lime juice, and not bottled lime juice. I recommend doing this for any recipes. It tastes so much fresher!
  • Use coconut oil, ghee, butter, olive oil, or avocado oil to sauté the cauliflower rice in. I chose to use coconut oil to give the rice a slight coconut taste.
  • Use fresh cilantro. Fresh cilantro is a must for this recipe. If you do need to use dried cilantro in place of fresh, use the 1:2 ratio. 2 tablespoons of dried cilantro for every 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro.
lime cauliflower rice in skillet garnished with cilantro

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice is an easy side dish that is healthy and low-carb! Serve it with your favorite Mexican, chicken or salmon dishes. It takes under 20 minutes to make and is so tasty!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the chopped cauliflower florets to a food processor with a blade attachment. Pulse until the cauliflower becomes riced. If you don’t have a food processor, use a sharp knife and chop the cauliflower florets until they are made into rice-sized pieces, or a using a box grater, grate the cauliflower until riced.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the cauliflower rice and sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until the cauliflower becomes soft to your liking.
  3. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and stir in the lime juice, fresh cilantro, garlic powder, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in an air tight container for 3-5 days.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: paleo, whole30, keto, vegan, cilantro cauliflower rice

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