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coconut lime cauliflower rice in a bowl

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!
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup canned organic lite coconut milk, stirred
  • 1 whole lime, zested and juiced
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish, optional
  • lime wedges, for serving, optional


  • Add cauliflower 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 the garlic and riced cauliflower; cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and continue to cook for about 10 minutes or until the coconut milk is adsorbed.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lime zest and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper; taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley and serve with lime wedges.


  • Coconut Milk: Do not use coconut milk 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.
  • Look for a fresh cauliflower that is firm with compact florets. The color of the cauliflower should be uniform, with no dark spots or blemishes.
  • No Crowding: Do not overcrowd your food processor when ricing your cauliflower. It's better to work in batches than to end up with inconsistently processed cauliflower.
  • Pulse, Don't Blend: When processing, use the pulse function on your food processor to avoid creating cauliflower mush. You're aiming for small, rice-like grains.
  • Season Well: Cauliflower rice is like a blank canvas and takes on the flavors of whatever you cook it with. Don't be shy with herbs, spices, or other flavor enhancers.
  • Experiment: Don't be afraid to experiment with different flavors and additions. Cooking the cauliflower rice in different broths or with added sauces can also change and enhance the flavor.


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

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