This cilantro lime cauliflower rice is a simple 5 minute side dish recipe that’s healthy and jam packed full of flavor, thanks to fresh cilantro, lime juice. A touch of rich coconut cream takes it to the next level! Whole30, vegan, paleo, and low carb.
Can we talk about cauliflower rice?
More specifically… how freaking magical cauliflower rice is? Hear me out.
Here’s how it looks at my house: we need a simple and healthy side to soak up a bunch of delicious juice or sauce or gravy or whatever it is (And there’s always juice/sauce/gravy in my recipes. Like, what is life without juice/sauce/gravy?), and I forgot to buy something, and I have 10 minutes before the kiddos start freaking out.
Enter: the frozen cauliflower rice.
I keep a giant bag in my freezer and then always have an insanely easy and healthy side to throw together last minute. And I seriously just microwave it and go many times! It takes like 15 seconds of effort and 3 minutes of effort on the part of the microwave. Good Microwave. Good girl!
This cilantro lime cauliflower rice takes it up a few notches. Here’s how.
Why This Recipe is So Good
- It’s crazy quick and easy. It comes together in about 5 minutes and only has 4 ingredients. One of which is sheer magic.
- The coconut cream makes this cilantro lime cauliflower rice the best I’ve had. It becomes richer and creamier and just generally ahhhhhh-ier, and I really dig it.
- This side dish goes beautifully with Mexican, TexMex, and Latin dishes.
- It’s also Whole30, paleo, and low carb!
How to Make It
After steaming your cauliflower rice, stir together all ingredients. Start with the smaller amount of each ingredient and add more to taste.
If desired, drain the prepared dish before serving to reduce excess liquid and keep the rice fluffy and light.
What’s the Secret?
Super easy: go to Costco and buy a giant bag of the frozen stuff. Kidding! Sort of…
I highly recommend keeping a large bag of frozen pre-riced cauliflower on hand. But if you don’t, and/or you want to use fresh cauliflower, here’s what to do.
Start by cutting your head of cauliflower into florets. Then you can either:
- Evenly chop evenly into very small pieces.
- Run the florets through the grating blade of your food processor.
- Pulse in your food processor until evenly chopped.
How do you steam cauliflower rice?
A couple options here.
- Microwave. Place your cauliflower rice in a microwave-safe dish; don’t add water. Cover fresh cauliflower rice; don’t cover frozen cauliflower rice. Microwave fresh cauliflower rice 5 minutes, and frozen about 3-5, or until nice and hot. Stir halfway through.
- Place in a skillet over medium heat and cover. Cook, shaking pan or stirring occasionally, about 5-6 minutes, or until hot and cooked through.
- Increase or decrease the fresh cilantro based on your own personal tastes. Start with 1 tablespoon if you’re more sensitive to the taste.
- Do the same with the lime juice: start wit the juice of 1/2 a lime and increase as desired.
- Drain the prepared dish before serving to keep it fluffy and light.
- Keep in an airtight container in the fridge 3-5 days.
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- 3 cups riced cauliflower from fresh or frozen steamed. See Note 1
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
- juice of 1/2-1 lime
- 4 tablespoons full-fat coconut cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Stir together all ingredients. Taste and correct seasonings, adding more cilantro, lime, coconut cream, or salt.
- If desired, drain the prepared dish of excess liquid before serving.
I love to use frozen cauliflower rice, because it's so easy to have on hand and the texture is super consistent. I often steam mine by simply microwaving it in a ceramic bowl for about 3-5 minutes. You can also cook the cauliflower rice by cooking it in a large skillet, covered, over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes. See post for more details on steaming cauliflower rice. Storing Notes
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
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