Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Low carb & paleo friendly Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice – make it  in 20 minutes or less for a healthy & filling side dish! Gluten Free + Whole30 + Vegan

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice in a cast iron skillet surrounded by limes and cilantro

Where do you sit on the whole cauliflower rice thing? Are you pro or against?

I’ve come to learn that people on the internet have very strong opinions when it comes to vegetables imitating grains. Like….aggressively so. And I get it! I really do! Sometimes you just need a bowl of carb-y, delicious pasta or rice to get you through the day.

I’m not going to say that zoodles have no detectable differences from actual spaghetti and cauliflower rice is the exact same as rice. But really – you’re missing out on a whole lot of delicious tasting foods if you’re not on board!

Foods that are

✔️& EASY

And if that isn’t enough to convince you that’s cool – more lasagna spirals for me!

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice in a cast iron skillet topped with chopped cilantro

How to Make: Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

This recipe is pretty simple requiring just 10 ingredients.

You start off with a full head of cauliflower which you’ll need to make into a more rice-like texture. You can do this a couple different ways:

  1. Cut the head into florets and then pulse in a blender or food processor a couple of seconds at a time. If you do this in a blender you may need to work in batches.
  2. If you don’t own a blender/food processor you can use a box grater and grate the cauliflower using the large holes normally used to grate cheese.

From this point on it’s an easy process – just sauté your onion, garlic and jalapeño until soft. Stir in the cauliflower and then mix in some vegetable stock for added flavour along with the cilantro & lime. Im getting hungry again just thinking about it!

The whole thing takes 20 minutes at most to make and makes for a perfect side dish!

If you’re on the lookout for Whole30 meal ideas this would be a great side to my Coconut Lime Chicken or Taco Stuffed Peppers.

For a couple of meatless options you could serve this alongside my Sweet Potato Enchiladas/Enchilada Casserole.

Whatever way you have it – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice topped with cilantro and limes in a cast iron skillet


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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Low carb & paleo friendly Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice - make it in 20 minutes or less for a healthy & filling side dish! Gluten Free + Whole30 + Vegan

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Keyword: cauliflower rice, cilantro lime, low carb side
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 48 kcal
Author: Sarah
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 green jalapeño deseeded & chopped (optional)
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or as needed)
  • zest from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  1. Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet. When the oil is hot add the onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes on a medium heat or until they become soft and translucent. 

  2. Add the garlic jalapeño and cook for a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Stir the whole time.

  3. Add the cauliflower to the skillet. Stir to mix everything together well. 

  4. Stir in the vegetable stock, about half the cilantro salt and zest. Turn the heat up to high and cook for another minute. The high heat will draw out excess moisture in the cauliflower so it doesn't get too mushy. Lower the heat again and add the lime juice. Mix in to the rice well. 

  5. Taste and season with more salt as needed. Stir in the remaining cilantro. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-4 days. 


Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 265mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 52.6%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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