Garlic and Lime Cauliflower Rice – a delicious low-carb alternative to regular rice. This is a simple and easy-to-make side dish that uses fresh, healthy ingredients. I promise that you won’t miss the rice too much! It is also great if you’re looking for a comforting carb-filled meal, but without the hefty carb load!
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I am a major lover of cauliflower. I am always amazed at it’s versatility – whether as a side dish, a sauce, or in pizza form. Especially considering its a vegetable!
My husbands work lunches often consist of cauliflower rice as a side. We are always looking to find a way to control our carb portions because we are major carb lovers. But who isn’t?!
With that being said, I am always trying to think of new ways to flavor/spice up plain cauliflower rice. This one is certainly a keeper!
- Cilantro is optional. I know that some do not care for the taste.
- I use a food processor to pulse my cauliflower, but you can use a blender as well. Just be sure that whatever appliance you use, that you pay attention to not over-process the cauliflower. Otherwise you will be on the verge of making cauliflower mush. And no one wants that.
- You can use fresh or frozen cauliflower rice for this recipe, but I do highly recommend using fresh. It will taste so much better than using frozen. Promise! Don’t worry, learn How To Make and Freeze Cauliflower Rice in a few easy steps.
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If you don’t already have a food processor, then I would highly recommend the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Processor. I had the older version for almost 7 years and was always happy with it.
I could have found a replacement for the bowl, but I figured it was time for an upgrade after 7 years. And the Hamilton Beach processor is pretty cheap for how much I use it. I feel confident that I got my money’s worth out of the first one!
Other cauliflower dishes that you might enjoy:
- Low-Carb Cauliflower Calzone
- Cauliflower Pizza Bites
- Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
- Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Breadsticks
Garlic and Lime Cauliflower Rice
- 1 large head of cauliflower approx. 1 pound
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp minced garlic 2-3 cloves
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 3 tbsp lime juice 1-2 limes
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro (optional)
Remove stem and leaves from head of cauliflower. Cut into small florets.
Place florets into a food processor (or blender) and pulse until the cauliflower reaches a rice-like consistency. Be sure to keep an eye on it while it is processing. You don't want to over-process it.
Place a large, nonstick pan with olive oil over medium heat.
Once heated, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Approximately 1-2 minutes.
Add the cauliflower and seasonings to the pan: onion powder, salt and pepper (as listed or to taste). Stir to combine.
Allow to cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lime juice and continue stirring to combine.
Remove from heat and add the cilantro. Serve immediately.
Be sure to keep an eye on the cauliflower as you're processing it. If you over-process it, you will end up with cauliflower mush rather than rice.