Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice



This low carb side dish is a diabetes friendly take on the famous Cilantro Lime Rice from Chipotle. A quick search online will bring up numerous copycat recipes because it’s such a popular dish from the Mexican restaurant chain. I myself adore the cilantro lime combination and it works just as well with cauliflower as it does with real rice. 

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and discard core and leaves. Place florets in a food processor and process on low until they resemble grains of rice.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter until it begins to froth. Add cauliflower, salt and pepper and toss to coat in the butter. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender-crisp and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add chopped cilantro, lime juice and any additional salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 4

Cholesterol: 15mg

Food energy: 69kcal

Total fat: 5.43g

Calories from fat: 48kcal

Carbohydrate: 4.02g

Protein per serving: 1.39g

Total dietary fiber: 1.41g

Sodium per serving: 311mg

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2 years ago

I don’t like having to click more than one time to get to a recipe. However, for Carolyn’s recipes, it is usually worth clicking two or three times. Carolyn, your recipes are so good. I want to make this and I am wondering if you left out the cumin. It is so essential to good Mexican food. Anyway, I am going to add a little bit and see how it tastes. Girl, finding your blogs has been a God-send, really. Without your recipes and now your books, I would be floundering in the keto world! Thank you!

M Wheeler
M Wheeler
4 years ago

If I used frozen riced cauliflower for a short cut, about how many cups of cauliflower do I need?

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