Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

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Rated 4.5 based on 5 customer reviews
Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice
Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice


  • 3 heaping cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 scallions
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro


  1. Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles coarse couscous.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the garlic and scallions in hot oil until fragrant, stirring often, about 30 seconds; add the cauliflower rice and salt and cook for 1 more minute. Stir the lime juice, remaining olive oil, and cilantro through the cauliflower rice and remove from heat to serve.
Mealthy tip:

Once you master making cauliflower rice, try out different flavor combinations: use a pinch of saffron, lemon juice and chopped white onion for a Mediterranean version, or use the aromatics in this recipe with the addition of chopped fresh ginger for an Asian-inspired take.

For more cauliflower recipes, you might enjoy:

Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower

Vegan Curried Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin and Cilantro


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Tiana D. says:

Cilantro lime anything is great... And this dish delivered! I topped this dish with a big dollop of Greek yogurt and hot sauce, yum!

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Randall Hauk says:

I wish I liked cauliflower rice more than I do, but I don't. The flavors here are fine, but I simply prefer rice. My wife, however, wants the cauliflower rice for dietary reasons, so we'll continue to make it because she loved it. I'm making a smaller side of rice-rice, though . . .

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Aja A says:

Been going in an out of the Whole30 diet and this is a staple recipe I go to when I want whip up something quick and easy that will pair well with pretty much any protein I cook. This allows me to get my fix when I want to go out and get a fast food rice bowl, but it's not cheat day. I like to top this "rice" off with some chipotle shrimp or steak slices.

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Queen Foodie says:

Not a huge fan of cauliflower rice in general. I don't know what happens but once it's pulsed down into little pieces, the flavor profile changes. Still, this recipe actually tastes. I just added extra lime, cilantro and salt. Plus garlic!

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chef chris says:

this is definitely a good alternative to rice. The texture isn't the normal fluffy soft like rice but i would make this again. A little sauted garlic and green onions would do this justice as well