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cilantro lime cauliflower rice garnished with fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeño and a lime wedge

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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A flavorful, low carb side, Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is quick and easy to make and pairs well with your favorite Mexican entrees.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword cilantro lime cauliflower rice, easy cauliflower rice, mexican cauliflower rice
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 63
Author Kim


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño, chopped (optional)
  • 1 head cauliflower, riced (about 3-4 cups cauliflower rice)*
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat and sauté onion about 5 minutes and until soft. Then, add garlic and jalapeño, and sauté an additional minute.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the riced cauliflower to the skillet, season with salt/pepper and cook until cauliflower is soft and tender, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove cauliflower rice from heat and mix in the lime juice, cilantro and green onion. Serve and enjoy!


*This works with fresh or frozen cauliflower rice. I typically buy pre-riced cauliflower, which is very common in the produce or frozen vegetable areas of the grocery store.
  • Storing leftovers. Place any leftover rice in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to about 3-5 days.
  • To reheat. Pop it in the microwave and cook for 30 second intervals until warm. You can also give it a quick stir in a saucepan or skillet on the stovetop.
  • Freezing. Place leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or a freezer-safe baggie in the freezer for up to about 2 months. You can let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating or reheat it from frozen in the microwave or in a skillet on the stovetop.
Photos by Molly at Yes to Yolks.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg