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Simple, delicious, and keto-friendly, this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe makes a great low carb substitute for the rice that you typically get at many Mexican takeout spots. It works well in everything from Indian food to keto burrito bowls. Plus, it’s great for meal prep and requires about five ingredients and one pan. In this post, I share how to make cilantro lime-flavored cauliflower rice at home. Plus, I provide some main protein ideas to pair this with for dinner.
Why make cilantro lime cauliflower rice?
There are several reasons that you need this easy recipe in your life.
First, keto burrito bowls and other keto-friendly Mexican foods are not complete without this low-carb side dish. In fact, when I made this with slow cooker pork roast, the cauliflower rice made the dish extra filling.
Second, if you’re following a low-carb or ketogenic diet, then you can substitute it for the versions you would pick up at Chiptole & Qdoba. Those have 36-40g of carbs so they’re definitely a no-go most of the time.
Lastly, cauliflower is packed with nutrients so I find this to be a delicious way to sneak in more vegetables and good stuff.
Ingredients in Cauliflower Cilantro Lime Rice
To make this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, I used:
- cauliflower rice
- lime juice
- sea salt
- black pepper
- olive oil
Using fresh or frozen rice cauliflower does not affect the taste. And, in my case, I used the frozen riced cauliflower that I bought from the market.
For me, it’s easier and faster to get my cauliflower rice frozen. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it spoiling or finding it in its perfect season.
However, if you want to use fresh riced cauliflower and want to make it on your own, all you need is a box grater (or food processor/blender) and fresh cauliflower head.
Tools to Make this Dish
As I mentioned, you only need one pan to make this dish. For me, I’m using my stainless steel skillet from 360 Cookware. I’ve had a set of these pots and pans for a little over two years and love them since they are non-stick, easy to clean and durable.
I love to include fresh-squeezed lime juice when making this dish. To me, fresh limes give the meal an extra fresh taste that you won’t get when you use bottled lime juice. I use my lime juicer to extract the juice.
How to Make Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
To make cilantro lime cauliflower rice, start by heating your skillet to medium-high heat.
Add olive oil and the fresh or frozen riced cauliflower to the pan. Sauté the mixture for 3-4 minutes until the cauliflower rice is defrosted.
After defrosting, add the lime juice, cilantro, salt, and black pepper and stir. You should continue to cook the dish until the cauliflower rice is tender.
What should I do with any leftovers?
Cooked Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice can be sealed in a container and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. You might also check below for some delicious ideas for creating a range of meals with this side dish!
Recipes to have cauliflower cilantro lime rice with
However, my favorite pairing is to use this as part of a Keto Carnitas Burrito Bowl. That recipe is perfect for meal prep along with fajita vegetables, pork shoulder roast, and fresh toppings like avocado and sour cream.
Easy Fajita Vegetables
Easy Keto Carnitas Burrito Bowl
Other Cauliflower Rice Recipes
If you like this recipe, I’m certain that you’ll also like these other cauliflower recipes:
- Keto & Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe
- Southern Shrimp and Cauliflower Cheese Grits
- Seared Scallops & Cauliflower Rice Risotto
- Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe
- Keto Jambalaya Recipe with Cauliflower Rice
- Cauliflower Pilaf
In my opinion, you should try them out. They taste so good!
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe
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- Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat
- Add the frozen cauliflower rice and olive oil to the pan. Saute until the cauliflower rice is defrosted (3-4 minutes)
- Add the remaining ingredients. Stir and continue to cook the cauliflower rice until it is tender.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!