Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
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Whole30 Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice - This Whole30, Keto, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free dish can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove and pairs well with any Mexican dish!

This copycat gives Cafe Rio and Chipotle cilantro lime rice a twist by making it with cauliflower rice. It’s Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free. Easy and fast with only 4 steps and 15 minutes to make. It freezes great and pairs well with any taco, burrito, bowl or salad!


Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
4.75 from 4 votes


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 12 oz riced cauliflower* or 3 cups
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro


  • Put the 2 tablespoons ghee or oil in the pan on medium. Once melted, add the minced garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add riced caulflower and all the seasonings except the cilantro. For the lime, zest (finely grate) half of the peel into the cauliflower, then juice and add in all of the lime juice.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rice is done when all the cauliflower is translucent. While cooking, finely chop cilantro (I use a mini food processor).
  • Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Perfect as a side to your lettuce tacos, fajitas, or base for a burrito bowl!


You can use frozen cauliflower, but it will lengthen the cooking time - cook for 15 minutes on the stove to compensate. 


  1. Made this to go in taco bowls tonight- and it was amazing and delicious!!!! But- the best part was when my 14 year old set a portion aside for her lunch tomorrow!!! Delish “rice” (veggies) for the WIN!!!

    • I love a kid/teen win – those are the best! YAY! Thank you for the review and comment!

  2. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite side dish! Delicious, versatile, quick and easy, and the leftovers are just as good the next day. Thanks for another fantastic recipe.

    • Yes! I love how quick and easy this one – great way to boost the veggies for taco night. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    So easy, so yummy…the lime takes a whole new level.

    • Agreed, so simple, yet so good! Thank you!

      • Love, love, love!!! I often add some diced poblano pepper about 1/2 way through the cooking.

        • Ooo, I love the idea of the poblano pepper in this – great add-in. And thank you, so glad you love this easy one!

  4. 4 stars
    This recipe is QUICK and EASY. I am not a fan of cauliflower, but my nutritionist put it on my meal plan for the month. Paired really well with grilled chicken and salsa.

    • Happy this easy option works for you, even as a non-cauliflower lover!

  5. This cilantro lime cauliflower rice tasted like cilantro lime rice you get at the restaurant 😋 i love that it’s a dairy free healthier option. My husband and I only eat cauliflower rice now instead of white rice and this recipe is my favorite way to eat it!

  6. 5 stars
    I typically am not a fan of cauliflower rice- but this recipe has so many yummy flavors with the lime and cilantro that I really enjoyed it. Zesting the lime really added a lot more flavor and made a big difference. I used it in burrito bowls and as a side for tacos.

    • I’m so happy this easy cauliflower rice won you over! Thank you!


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