Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice – Keto, Paleo, GF

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This cilantro lime cauliflower rice was one of the first things I learned how to cook when I started eating healthier. My husband is a Chipotle fanatic, so I had to re-create the famous rice option. He loves this recipe and I know you will too!

*originally published 2017, updated 11/19

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

I used to make my own cauliflower rice in the food processor, but since I discovered frozen cauliflower rice, that is all I use. I cook it straight in the pan from frozen. If you cook it the right way, the moisture evaporates and you get perfect fluffy rice! I kept the flavors super simple and classic with green onion, cilantro and lime. It is delicious and perfect for a side dish or to layer in a burrito bowl.

Some additional flavor options:
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic
  • Diced Bell Peppers
  • Red Onion

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Fluffy and Light Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
4.17 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Latin
Servings 4 servings
Calories 65 kcal


  • 1 Tbls Avocado Oil
  • 2 cups Cauliflower Rice
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro chopped
  • 2 Limes
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • Zest one lime and juice both limes (set zest and juice* aside)
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add in the green onions, cook for 2 minutes, until just fragrant
  • Add in the cauliflower rice and cook for another 10-12 minutes until soft and fluffy. Remove from heat
  • Stir in the cilantro, lime zest & juice* and season with salt and pepper


*Start with the juice of one lime and taste, then add the rest to taste or serve in wedges alongside the meal 


Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 4gFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
Keyword gluten free, keto, paleo, side dish, whole30
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  1. 5 stars
    Let me first say, I’m not vegan, but this was an awesome dish! I made this for lunch to go with some homemade black-eyed peas and fresh sliced tomatoes. I did add some serrano peppers and some leftover diced steamed peas and carrots and oh did it amp up the flavor! I did use frozen cauliflower, as I usually do since it so much easier, less messy and often cheaper than fresh. I just might have the rest for dinner with a roasted chicken!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    This was an absolutely delicious, genius marrying of flavors. I used only one lime and added a tiny bit of cayenne.
    It is a dish that would be hard to screw up! I think I will cook up some chicken use it as a basis for Pad Thai instead of noodles next time. Frozen cauliflower rice you say? Who knew? I will definitely use it in the future! My kitchen is destroyed from grating the cauliflower. Thank you Sara for a yummy, easy, healthy recipe!

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