How to Make Cilantro Cauliflower Rice with Lime

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Have you ever heard of cauliflower rice? Cauliflower rice is “rice” made of cauliflower except that cauliflower isn’t really rice. Confused yet? Read on to find out how to make this delicious cilantro cauliflower rice.

I’m not sure who decided to start “ricing” cauliflower but, it was a genius idea. Cauliflower rice is a great substitute for rice for those looking to minimize or swap out the popular side while decreasing calories consumption, improving blood sugar and minimizing inflammation. People with diabetes, on grain free diets, looking for healthier alternatives and with other dietary concerns will love how simple this recipe is to make.

This is a gluten free, grain free, low carb recipe.

About Cauliflower

Cauliflower is in a family of vegetables called Brassicaceae also known as Cruciferae. Cabbages, Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli also belong to this family. The claim to fame of cruciferous vegetables is how healthy they are. Specifically, vegetables like cauliflower contain nutrients like vitamin A, C, vitamin K and more.

This makes cauliflower great at lowering inflammation and possess powerful anti-cancer properties.

How to Make Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

While you can now buy cauliflower rice from just about any freezer section at a grocery store, you should know that it’s incredibly easy to make. Making cauliflower rice at home means that you get to save money and customize the riced cauliflower exactly how you want. If you meal plan or do any type of food prep, you’ll appreciate that cauliflower is easy to store too. Plus making homemade cauliflower rice is even more delicious.

I decided to slide some cilantro in the recipe because cilantro makes things better. Plus adding to cilantro to any dish adds a really robust flavor. Apparently, Chipotle has now discontinued their lime cauliflower rice, so you’ll appreciate that you can now make your own version of it at home. Use this cauliflower rice as a base for a cauliflower rice bowl, cauliflower fried rice, stuffed peppers or any other recipe where you would typically use traditional rice.

How to Grate Cauliflower

I’ve tested making cauliflower rice several different ways and have found I get the best texture using a good food processor. The key is to use a shredding disc for the job.

If you don’t have a food processor or are working with more of a minimalistic kitchen, a simple box grater will do. You probably have a box grater in your kitchen right now.

Why is My Cauliflower Rice Soggy?

Your cauliflower rice is soggy because you’re not drawing the water out. To get the perfect cauliflower rice, excess water from the vegetable has to be removed.

Ways to Dry Out Cauliflower to Make Delicious Cauliflower Rice

You could use cheesecloth or clean towels in your kitchen to wring out as much water as you can.

More simply, the shredded cauliflower can easily be dried by baking it at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Make sure to flip it half way in between. Once the riced cauliflower is dried, you’re ready to move on with the rest of the recipe.

You could also try putting the raw cauliflower rice in a bowl, placing it in the refrigerator and covering it with a towel overnight. The towel will absorb any added moisture in the fridge and you can proceed with cooking the cauliflower rice once ready.

Note: Whether you use a food processor or box grater, be sure to remove the green stem before shredding.

Storing Cauliflower Rice

Once you’ve made cauliflower rice, it’s time to store it. You can easily store any cooked cauliflower in a covered container for 3-5 days.

Freezing Cauliflower Rice

The great thing about cauliflower rice is that it can be frozen for storage. Before storing in freezer bags, remove any extra water with cheesecloth or clean kitchen towels. Freeze for up to 3 months.

What to Eat With Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

One of my favorite things about cauliflower rice is how versatile it is. Some of my favorites to pair with cauliflower rice are:

In this TV segment, I paired the cilantro lime cauliflower rice with some baked salmon balls. You can watch clips from my LIVE TV appearance on the LION Lunch Hour below:

Summer Superfood Showcase Part 1

Summer Superfood Showcase Part 2

Summer Superfood Showcase Part 3

Other Riced Cauliflower Recipes

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 4

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Try cilantro lime cauliflower rice as an easy light swap for your next meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup or one small bunch fresh cilantro (divided & stems removed)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 a lime


Cut cauliflower into small pieces (stems removed) and place into the food processor.

Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice.

In preheated skillet heat olive oil.

Once the oil is hot add raw cauliflower rice.

Sauté with garlic, onion, salt, pepper and half the cilantro.

Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

Add butter and fresh lime juice the last minute of cooking. 

Mix in other half of cilantro.

Garnish with lime wedges as desired.


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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Jan 8, 2018 Updated 3/22/2021, 7/25/2023

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