Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice" is inspired by my Cilantro Lime Rice recipe, only made low-carb with riced cauliflower!
Yield: 5 servings
4.34 from 6 votes

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"

Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Grated cauliflower makes a fantastic low-carb, grain-free stand in for rice when you need a little carb detox. You can season this any way you wish – here I brightened it up with lime and cilantro and served it with a broiled pork loin. It has a couscous-like texture, and is perfect with chicken, pork chops, steak or anything you would normally serve with rice.


  • 1 medium head (about 24 oz cauliflower, rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions (diced)
  • kosher salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1-1/2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro


  • Remove the core and let the cauliflower dry completely.
  • Coarsely chop into florets, then place half of the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is small and has the texture of rice or couscous – don't over process or it will get mushy.
  • Set aside and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
  • Heat a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil, scallions and garlic and sauté about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high.
  • Add the cauliflower "rice" to the saute pan. Cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and place in a medium bowl; toss with fresh cilantro and lime juice to taste.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 61kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2.5g, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 37mg, Fiber: 3g
Freestyle Points: 1
Points +: 2