Cauliflower rice is extremely healthy and extremely simple. You only need a food processor or blender to transform this often disregarded veggie into the highlight of the meal.

When I made the decision to go paleo, one of the foods I missed most was rice. I began experimenting immediately. I settled on cauliflower rice. Truly, if you get the right char on the cauliflower, you can fool your family and friends. My family is constantly surprised when I tell them they’re eating spoonful after spoonful of cauliflower.

The cauliflower takes on flavors really well. So, anything you decide to add to the dish will sing. I am a big fan of Chipotle and their cilantro lime rice. This dish is a tribute to their recipe.

Paleo cilantro lime cauliflower rice


onions in a pan

riced cauliflower

grilled onions

onions and cauliflower rice

onions and cauliflower rice

squeezing a lime

cilantro and cauliflower rice

Paleo cilantro lime cauliflower rice

Paleo Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

5 from 1 vote
By Cassy
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Cauliflower rice is extremely healthy and extremely simple. You only need a food processor or blender to transform this often disregarded veggie into the highlight of the meal.


  • 1 large head of raw cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion or yellow onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • 2 large limes juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • sea salt and cracked pepper for taste


  • Rinse your cauliflower and set aside.
  • In a medium sized pan over medium heat, start browning your onions in the EVOO.
  • Chop your cauliflower (disregarding the larger portion of the stalk) into about 1” cubes.
  • Put about ¼ of the chopped cauliflower in the food processor (or blender) and blend until it has a small – grainy texture. Repeat for the rest of the cauliflower.
  • [Note: I divide mine up into 4 steps so I can be sure that all the cauliflower has the same consistency. Too large of a batch could result in unwanted large chunks.]
  • Once the onions are slightly browned, add the minced garlic.
  • Stir then add the cauliflower.
  • Sauté for about 10 minutes over medium/high heat, stirring constantly.
  • The moisture from the cauliflower will deglaze the caramelized onions from the pan, allowing the cauliflower to take on the delicious char flavor.
  • Once it is to your preferred consistency, stir in the lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Sauté for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  • Take off heat, stir in cilantro.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 73
Keyword: cilantro lime cauliflower rice, cilantro lime rice, paleo rice

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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  1. I am confused at how there can be 14.3 grams of sugar, Could you please explain? Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Christine! I’m so glad you asked. My calculation was wrong! I just did a quick re-tabulation to see where the large number came from, and boiled down to 5 g of sugar a serving. The cauliflower actually has the most natural sugars of the ingredients on the list. I’m updating the post now. Many thanks!

  2. I highly recommend less lime to start out with! I juiced 2 large limes, added it to the recipe, and it was way too much. Once you add too much lime, it’s too late. Not in a hurry to try this recipe again. When I do, i will juice one lime and go from there. 🙂

    1. Hi Tammy! Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry about the overload of lime flavor. I tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to citrus, I’ll include a disclaimer from here out. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope it turns out more to your liking next time! 🙂

    1. Yum! Your rice looks great. Hope you enjoy the cauliflower!