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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This cilantro lime cauliflower rice is the easy and low carb side dish that you've been looking for. It makes an amazing base for burrito bowls, or a great side dish that you can use instead of rice. Best of all, it cooks more quickly than rice does, and it's way easier to get right!


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  • 2 tbsp oil (olive, avocado, vegetable, etc)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower (~1 medium head of cauliflower)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime)
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest (~zest from 1 lime)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped


  1. Core cauliflower and break into pieces. Use the grating feature on your food processor to rice the cauliflower. If you don't have a food processor, use a box or hand grater. (Alternatively, use store-bought pre-riced cauliflower!) 
  2. Preheat a large nonstick pan over medium heat and add oil. Add the green onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, then stir in the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of water, lime juice, salt, pepper, and lime zest.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add in cilantro and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. Serve warm or chilled.


Cauliflower: You can use fresh or frozen cauliflower, but frozen cauliflower can carry a little bit more moisture than fresh cauliflower, so you may need to cut down a bit on the additional water. You can also purchase pre-riced cauliflower at most grocery stores to cut down on prep time!

Serve hot or cold: Unlike regular rice, this cauliflower rice doesn't dry out and stick together when refrigerated, so it's perfect for a grab and go lunch. It's also delicious hot straight out of the pan! 

Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Freezer storage: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months! Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before eating. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 87
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
  • Sodium: 337.1 mg
  • Fat: 7.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g