Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is a healthy alternative to rice. It’s bursting with flavor from fresh garlic, lime and cilantro and takes a fraction of the time it takes to cook regular rice. Serves 4 in 10 minutes. 

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We’ve had some of the most beautiful weather these past few days. Sunny and in the low 80’s and it has been soul and mood lifting. We put our boat in the water on Sunday and yesterday evening, I took the night off and Pat and I grabbed a couple beers and took the boat out to do some fishing. Because, hey, we deserve it! It was a little to breezy to really fish,  however, but we casted and caught a few and we both feel rejuvenated.

Sometimes right when life gets the craziest, the busiest, it’s time to take a break and relax. Because it’s so easy to get caught up with it all and forget to step out side and enjoy the sunshine. So that’s exactly what we did and it was absolutely amazing.

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Since going low-carb, I fell in love with finding healthy ways to enjoy my favorite things. Like rice. I loooooove rice. Like a lot. Wild rice, brown rice, garlicky, toasted almond or vegetable fried rice. It’s all delicious to me and because it’s so versatile, it’s also by far the hardest thing I’ve had to avoid eating. Thank the lord, there’s cauliflower rice. First of all, I’m not saying it’s a dead ringer for regular rice. I’m being honest. Just like zucchini noodles don’t taste like fettuccini. However it’s a great, healthy and light alternative. And did I mention ridiculously easy? Because it literally takes 10 minutes. 10!

SO if, let’s say, you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo but you’re like me and watching the carb intake or you just don’t do rice, well this cilantro lime cauliflower rice is for you!

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First, gather your ingredients. Now to make this super-simple recipe, you will need; cauliflower – a medium sized head will do. Garlic, lime, zest and salt. No oil or extra ingredients. See! So easy breezy.

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With a sharp knife, break the cauliflower down into florets. Some folks may leave on the tougher stalks, and that’s fine. You do you. Next give the cauliflowers a rinse and then pat dry with some paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Next, pop them into your food processor, fitted with the blade attachment, and pulse until the cauliflower resembles grains of rice. This only takes a few seconds and totally worth busting out the food processor for.

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Now you can add all of the riced cauliflower into a deep sided skillet and then add in the 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic. Next cook on medium heat until the cauliflower softens and the garlic is cooked through, about 5 minutes or so.

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Then grate in the zest and squeeze in the juice of 1 medium lime (about 2 tablespoons) into the rice and then stir to evenly distribute the zest.

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Lastly add in a generous handful of cilantro (more or less to your personal taste) and then a pinch of kosher salt.

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Toss together and serve! This is great next to grilled chicken, seafood or with steak kebabs. But whatever and however, you will love it.

What I love about this cilantro lime cauliflower rice is that it’s so fresh and simple. Light, fluffy and aromatic. Because healthy, bright with citrus and herbaceous delicousness does make avoiding carbs so very worth it.  I hope you give this a try and please let me know what you think!

Love cauliflower? Check out my Thai cauliflower fried rice or cauliflower tabbouleh!:)


Enjoy! And if you give this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 4 servings

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is a healthy alternative to rice. It's bursting with flavor from fresh garlic, lime and cilantro and takes a fraction of the time it takes to cook regular rice. Serves 4 in 10 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 cloves peeled fresh garlic, finely minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • a handful of cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste


Rinse the cauliflower florets under water and pat dry with paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Place the florets into your food processor, fitting with the blade attachment and pulse until it resembles rice.

Add the cauliflower and minced garlic into a deep-sided, non-stick skillet. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until the cauliflower is tender and the garlic is cooked and fragrant. Add in the lime zest and juice and stir to distribute the zest. Lastly, add in cilantro and a pinch of kosher salt, to taste before serving.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 177mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 3g Protein: 3g
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5 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice”

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    Joyce — May 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I was looking for a recipe to use the cauliflower rice I purchased at Costco and saw this in my e-mail. It was fabulous. We used the cilantro we are growing in the house and paired it with some cilantro lime fajitas. A great light dinner for the warm days we have been having.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 8th, 2018 @ 9:31 am

      I’m so happy to hear it, Joyce! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe and leave a review!

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    Jennifer S — May 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you for this post/recipe! Always looking for a way to sneak veggies into Mexican night (silly kids don’t like peppers and onions!). Will add this to our weekly dinner of your 15-minute chipotle cumin grilled chicken!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 8th, 2018 @ 9:30 am

      Oooh! That sounds perfect! Enjoy!

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    kristin — May 30, 2018 at 6:23 am

    sitting out on the boat sounds so nice! this recipe looks great. i saw someone else mentioned that costco cauliflower rice – i’ve been picking that up whenever i can find it, it’s such a good deal. it would be perfect for this recipe.

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