How To Make Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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A step-by-step process on how to make simple Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe. It is the perfect side dish to accompany any meal. They are low in calories and carbs, paleo, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and whole 30 approved.

how to make cilantro lime cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice is a great way to lighten up your tacos, burrito bowls, or any meal that calls for a side of rice. It is the perfect low carb side dish recipe to serve with almost most main meals. They are perfect for those who are on a low carb and keto diet. They keep you full while nourishing your body with all the great benefits of having cauliflower.

If you’re after other delicious and healthy side dishes, why not try Roasted Garlic Cauliflower or my Healthy Potato Salad.

why this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • A healthy side. Filling, super tasty, low in carbs, and low in calories, this is also gluten-free and keto-friendly!
  • Flavorful cauliflower rice. Cauliflower may be a bit bland for some but this rice is perfectly seasoned, with garlic, cilantro, and lime – so addictive – you won’t go back to plain rice!
  • An easy side. This delicious side is so easy to prep with just a few ingredients and makes a big batch. Only 30 mins from the pantry to table

 

ingredients you’ll need

  • One Head Cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Limes
  • Fresh Cilantro

ingredients for cauliflower rice recipe

HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER RICE

We will be showing you the step-by-step process on how to make a simple but tasty cauliflower rice recipe, First, we will need the following ingredients

Step-by-step:

  1. Prepare Cauliflower: Wash and thoroughly dry the cauliflower, then remove all greens. Turn the cauliflower upside down and carefully remove each stem using your hands or knife.

cauliflower rice

2. Cut the cauliflower: Using a knife, slice the cauliflower in half, then cut each half again into another half. Then cut the rest of the cauliflower into small florets and place them in a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower florets are ground to a coarse meal or the mixture resembles rice or couscous.
how to make cauliflower rice using a food processor

3. Chop the cilantro and minced the garlic: Time to chop the fresh cilantro and mince some garlic. It is best to use fresh cilantro to give it that robust flavor. We also recommend using fresh garlic and not garlic powder.how to make cauliflower rice using a food processor

4. Sautee Garlic: Heat a skillet over medium heat, add oil and heat until shimmering. Immediately add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

garlic sauteed in pan

5. Add cauliflower rice to pan: Remove the cauliflower rice and pour it over the pan of sauteed garlic. Cook cook on low for a few minutes and gently toss.cooking cauliflower rice using a skillet

6. Optional step: Alternatively, you can add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, and place the lid on to steam the cauliflower rice for 5-7 minutes, or until tender. Season with some salt and pepper. Adding the water is optional. The cauliflower will still steam once it is covered and placed on low. But  1/4 cup water is a small enough amount to help speed up the process.
pan with cauliflower rice with cover on it

7. Stir: Next, keep stirring occasionally for about 5-7 minutes until golden and crispy. Open the lid every 3 minutes or so and stir the cauliflower to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Cover again and allow to cook.cauliflower rice in skillet with lemon being added to it

8. Add Cilantro and Lime: Finally, remove the cauliflower rice from the heat, add chopped cilantro and lime juice, toss until well combined. Taste and add some salt and pepper if needed.season cauliflower rice with cilantro

9. Serve: Place the cauliflower into serving bowls and serve. Cauliflower rice can be a great side dish to many main dishes that call for rice or quinoa. Perfect as a low carb option.close up cauliflower rice

Is Cauliflower Keto

Cauliflower is an amazing veggie option for those who are on the keto diet. It has a very low carb content and the perfect substitute for rice and potatoes due to its texture and taste.

How to rice cauliflower

The two easiest ways to rice cauliflower are to either use a food processor or a grater. If using a food processor, cut the cauliflower into small chunks before adding to the food processor. Then pulse a few times until it reaches the consistency you prefer. You may also use a veggie grater and simply use your hands to grate large pieces of cauliflower.

How to cook cauliflower rice

The best and easiest way to cook cauliflower rice is to use a skillet over low heat and cook on your stovetop. Alternate options would be sprinkly a bit of water over the cauliflower rice and cooking in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.

Where to buy cauliflower rice

First of all, you can make your own cauliflower rice at home! All you need is a head of cauliflower. But, if you would rather buy ready to use cauliflower rice, all major grocery stores now carry them! look in the fresh produce section. Also, you can now buy frozen cauliflower rice which can be found in the frozen veggie section of most retail stores.

Can you freeze cauliflower rice

Absolutely! Rice as many cauliflowers as you can and store in freezer-safe Ziploc bags and store in the freezer for up to 4 months! Simply remove the night before and allow it to thaw in the fridge or add right to the pan over low heat and allow it to simmer and cook! Easy Peasy!

top view cilantro lime cauliflower rice in a bowl

recipe notes and tips

  • If you’re using cauliflower rice in salads and as a soup mix-in, there’s no need to cook it first. When it’s being used as a side, in a pilaf, or as the base for a veggie bowl, riced cauliflower can benefit from a quick sauté in a pan.
  • Leave riced cauliflower on the heat too long and it will become soggy.
  • Cauliflower rice at its best when it’s used the day it’s made. This is when the grains will be most firm and rice-like. It’s best to make it no more than a day or two ahead of time.
  • A good-sized cast iron, stainless steel or non-stick skillets are your best choices for this cauliflower rice. Also, avoid a saucepan, they are too deep and the cauliflower rice doesn’t cook through as quickly or evenly.

top view cauliflower rice recipe

meals you can serve with cauliflower rice:

 

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How to make cauliflower rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

A perfect rice substitute that's easy to make, low in carbs and flavors with cilantro and lime
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Head Cauliflower about 24 oz cauliflower, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Limes
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro

Instructions

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the cauliflower, then remove all greens.
    coring the cauliflower with knife
  • Cut the cauliflower head into small florets and then place them in a food processor, pulse until florets are ground to a coarse meal or the mixture resembles rice or couscous.
    how to make cauliflower rice using a blender
  • Chop the cilantro and minced the garlic. Heat a skillet over medium heat, add oil and heat until shimmering.
    minced garlic for cauliflower rice
  • Immediately add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    garlic sauteed in pan
  • Add cauliflower rice and cook on low.
    cooking cauliflower rice using a skillet
  • Alternatively, you can add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, and place the lid on to steam the cauliflower rice for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
    easy to make cauliflower rice recipe with cilantro and lime
  • Next, keep stirring occasionally for about 5-7 minutes until golden and crispy.
    how to make cauliflower rice
  • Season with some salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, add chopped cilantro and lime juice, toss until well combined.
    season cauliflower rice with cilantro
  • Serve warm and enjoy!
    how to make cilantro lime cauliflower rice

Notes

  • If you’re using cauliflower rice in salads and as a soup mix-in, there’s no need to cook it first. When it’s being used as a side, in a pilaf, or as the base for a veggie bowl, riced cauliflower can benefit from a quick sauté in a pan.
  • Leave riced cauliflower on the heat too long and it will become soggy.
  • Cauliflower rice at its best when it’s used the day it’s made. This is when the grains will be most firm and rice-like. It's best to make it no more than a day or two ahead of time.
  • A good-sized cast iron, stainless steel or non-stick skillets are your best choices for this cauliflower rice. Avoid a saucepan, they are too deep and the cauliflower rice doesn’t cook through as quickly or evenly.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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