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Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice

This Coconut Lime Cauliflower “Rice” recipe is cooked in coconut milk, then loaded with fresh lime juice and lime zest! This is the ideal healthy side dish to any meal!

Coconut milk and Lime! 😍 
Cauliflower and “RICE”! 🍚 

It’s all there… the whole enchilada.

COCONUT LIME CAULIFLOWER RICE

I am OFFICIALLY fah-reaking out about cauliflower rice. It took me a while. I tried it all which ways, but never really reached that “oomph” level. That is, not until I took the flavors of the tropics and threw ’em all in there.

ohmahgah. coconut and lime and cauliflower, 4EVA ❤️ Real love triangle, right there. Especially considering that not only are the flavors and texture completely on point, but it is so healthy and so good!

cooking cauliflower rice

You know how things go during the summer – beach and pool lounging, hanging out on the porch with your sister into the wee hours of the night, eating all the chips and dips, drinking all the strawberry pom mojitos, and all other things that you are supposed to do during these lazy summer days … until the moment you start to feel like you overdid it, and then suddenly you start to freak out and go back to your healthy-eating-ways for daaaays.

Fortunately, healthier and wiser choices are like second nature to me because I’ve conditioned myself to reach for the better stuff almost always – summer nights are an exception.

serving riced cauliflower in a bowl

However, even when we start to make better choices and eat better, we still need food that tastes good, and healthy restaurant-copycat recipes are all about enhancing those flavors and making all our food taste DANG good.

And let’s be real. Cauliflower without pumped up flavor? PASS!

Though I should add: sometime between maybe last year and this very moment I’ve become completely obsessed with the idea of cauliflower rice and have put in a lot of practice trying to make it as flavorful as I can. SO far, Coconut Lime is pretty much the winner.

Coconut Lime Cauliflower "Rice" - Cauliflower rice cooked in coconut milk and loaded with fresh lime juice and lime zest! This is the ideal healthy side dish to any meal!

Coconut Lime Cauliflower "Rice" - Cauliflower rice cooked in coconut milk and loaded with fresh lime juice and lime zest! This is the ideal healthy side dish to any meal!

HOW TO RICE CAULIFLOWER

Here’s how all this goes down:

  1. Place cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until broken down into rice-size pieces. Do not let the food processor just run because you’ll end up with white mush. Pulse Pulse Pulse. And, there’s your riced cauliflower.
  2. Next, heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a skillet; add onions, then add riced cauliflower, salt, and pepper. Saute.
  3. Add coconut milk; continue to saute.
  4. Stir in lime juice and lime zest and voila.

Let me know if you loved it!

coconut lime cauliflower rice in a bowl

ENJOY!

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Coconut Lime Cauliflower "Rice"

Katerina | Diethood
This Coconut Lime Cauliflower "Rice" recipe is cooked in coconut milk, then loaded with fresh lime juice and lime zest! This is the ideal healthy side dish to any meal!
5 from 3 votes
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup canned organic lite coconut milk, stirred*
  • 1 whole lime, zested and juiced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish, optional
  • serve with lime wedges on the side, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add florets to the bowl of your food processor and PULSE until cauliflower looks like rice. You may have to do this part in batches, depending on the size of your food processor.
  • Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender.
  • Stir in garlic and cauliflower rice; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add coconut milk; continue to cook for about 10 minutes, or until the coconut milk is adsorbed.
  • Remove from heat; stir in lime zest and juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper; taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley.
  • Serve with lime wedges.

Notes

*Do not use coconut milk that comes in a carton. You can get canned coconut milk at your local grocery store. Please stir it well before adding the coconut milk to the cauliflower rice.
WW Freestyle Points: 8

Nutrition

Serving: 1 g | Calories: 255 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 22 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Sodium: 54 mg | Potassium: 654 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin C: 79 mg | Calcium: 57 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 11 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, American/Southwest, Caribbean
Keyword: cauliflower rice, coconut lime cauliflower rice, easy cauliflower recipe, how to make cauliflower rice, keto side dishes, low carb recipe
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THIS RECIPE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 12th, 2016. POST WAS UPDATED ON JANUARY 27th, 2020.

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28 comments on “Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice”

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I personally think it reheats pretty well, but if you want to meal prep, I would suggest to just prepare the cauli rice and put it in the freezer. It can keep in there for about 3 months, if not more. Then just thaw it in the fridge over night and cook with it when ready. I hope this helps! 🙂

  1. I know you’re pimping Star olive oil for this recipe, but coconut oil will really ramp up the coconut flavor. I love green onion and thai basil as garnishes. So excited to find this recipe… I have a roasted vegetable recipe in which I use poblanos, sweet potatoes and red onion marinated in a spicy adobo sauce, and coconut rice makes the perfect complement, but I always hate doing the double starch. Now I don’t have to!

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    Dominique Restucci

    This recipe is LIFE! I’m picky with my cauliflower rice and when I made this, I didn’t want to share. Good lawd it’s heaven. I can eat this everyday. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. My daughter and I LOVE cauliflower rice. I always sautee it in a pan with olive oil and salt and pepper….add sautéed veggies of all kinds, sometimes I add pineapple and avocado….omg its so good. try it

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    Maryanne | the little epicurean

    I love cauliflower, but I still haven’t tried cauliflower rice. I think it’s time!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    You know I am obsessed with cauliflower rice! LOVE it! This coconut lime version is calling my name! It sounds crazy good!

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