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A bowl of cilantro lime cauliflower rice.

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is a delicious, flavorful, and low-carb side dish that is made quickly and easily with straightforward ingredients.


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 milliliters) avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, de-seeded, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 grams) minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian and vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lime, zested then juiced


  1. Pulse Cauliflower: To a food processor, add cauliflower florets and pulse until riced. (Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to divide the florets into 2 batches.) Set aside.
  2. Saute Onion And Jalapeño: In a large pan over medium heat, add oil. Once hot, add in onion and, optionally, jalapeño and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add Minced Garlic: Add in minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
  4. Cook Cauliflower Rice: Increase stovetop heat to high, add in cauliflower rice, half of the cilantro, chicken broth, salt, and pepper, and stir until combined. Cook on high heat for 1 minute.
  5. Final Steps And Serve: Remove pan from heat, then stir in remaining cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice.
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