Lime Cilantro Cauliflower "Rice"
Grated cauliflower stands in for rice in this flavorful, grain-free side dish.
Grated cauliflower stands in for rice in this flavorful, grain-free side dish.
This was tasty. I thought I had cilantro in the fridge. Turned ut it was italian parsely but I forged ahead anyway. I used a mixture of basil and parsely in this instead. Next time I think I'll cook the cauliflower a minute or so less. I wouldn't mistake this for white rice, but it is a nice side dishRead More
This was tasty. I thought I had cilantro in the fridge. Turned ut it was italian parsely but I forged ahead anyway. I used a mixture of basil and parsely in this instead. Next time I think I'll cook the cauliflower a minute or so less. I wouldn't mistake this for white rice, but it is a nice side dish
omg omg omg.. this doesn't even BEGIN to taste like cauliflower.. i didn't use the butter but i sprinkled in some parm afterwards and wow.. out of this world.. i can't wait to make it for bf.. ty so much for this recipe
This is so easy and very tasty. If you are looking for directions on how to pre-prepare the cauliflower and freeze it, suggest storing the rice in "2 cup" batches. Pull it out of the freezer and prep (I too used a skillet without a microwave). Another butter substitute is coconut oil. Thanks for sharing!!!
This is really good. I just cook the cauliflower rice in a skillet with coconut oil instead of butter. Finish off with some Siracha chili sauce for a nice kick.
Wow! This is the second time I am making this. I omitted the butter, really doesn't add anything to the taste but calories, and added finely chopped scallion and fresh ground pepper. I could eat the whole thing in one sitting!!! Don't be afraid to add the lime zest, cilantro and lime juice to taste. I used 2 limes, zest of 2 limes and a bunch of cilantro.
What a great idea! I am a fan of cilantro lime rice, and I love cauliflower. This came out great. Even my husband (super picky, and doesn't care for vegetables, hates cauliflower) thought this was rice. Because he saw me cutting the cauliflower he knew there was cauliflower in it, but he thought it had rice too! Next time when I make it I will make it when he can't see it, and see if he can tell!
Super easy to make. My fiance and I are on a carb-less diet and I LOVE cooking spanish rice (and crave it more than anything), but this was a great substitution! I cooked it in a skillet, one tbs of butter, instead of two and I used 2 limes for extra flavor.
We loved this recipe! Even though we are a family of 3, I could have and perhaps, should have doubled the recipe; it warms up wonderfully the next day. I second the recommendation of using two limes - we love citrus in our household! Also, instead of butter, I used coconut oil and added just a bit of unsweetened shredded coconut. I can't say that we thought it was really white rice, as some reviewers mentioned, but it was so darn good nonetheless accompanying my husband's tasty Asian stir-fry. Already picked up two more cauliflower heads to make it again this week-end! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Abussone!
This just didn't taste good at all - much too strong in the cilantro and lime.
Yes!!!!!!! I love it! I made it in the pan, on high heat with a little bit of coconut oil , and added a little shallot, and green onion with a dash of garlic. BOMB!!!!!
This was not a hit for us. We eat a low carb diet and have prepared cauliflower in many different ways. I found this to be both bland and a little sour. There are MANY better recipes using chopped cauliflower.
This is SO good. I did use 2 limes, but everything else was exactly as listed originally. My husband and I are both on low-carb diets, and I can tell already that this will be added to our list of staples. Delicious!
Added coconut oil instead of butter per recommendations and loved it. I don't even like cauliflower but could eat this daily! It doesn't taste like rice though.
So yummy and its very healthy!! I love it!! Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing recipe.
Used basil and lemon with a little parm and garlic butter to pair the idea with my meal. Loved how fluffy it was. Will "rice" cauli a lot in the future.
This is a wonderful recipe. So delicious and so healthy. Thanks for sharing. I also tried it with parsley and lemon juice. Delicious.
Veggies like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts protect you against cancer. This is a delicious way to get more!
Thought it was a great substitution. My kids love rice and ate this no problem! Will make again!
1/2 a cauliflower is enough for 4. Will make it again.
This was actually quite nice. I was looking for something different as a side and decided to try it. I also used a skillet instead of the microwave. It has a more subtle flavor, so pair it with a main dish that is bolder. Otherwise it may seem bland.
Was a little bland. Boyfriend thought it was quinoa. Next time I will try my own ingredient blend and add some chicken stock instead of water. Seems to need something salty. I exchanged butter for olive oil.
This was easy to make and turned out great. Only changes I made was cooked the cauliflower for 4minutes and used much less cilantro
Excellent recipe! I was a skeptic, I have to admit. I hate cauliflower and I love rice side dishes. The only changes I made to the recipe were that I used popcorn-seasoning powdered butter- just a couple shakes, instead of real butter. (I did this mostly to cut calories.) I was so scared of tasting cauliflower, I also upped the lime amounts to 2 limes, zested and juiced and it was perfect to my liking. No cauliflower taste, and with only 7 min in the microwave, covered, it was cooked to perfection and little to no smell to tip off the kids ;) Thanks so much for sharing, this is a keeper for sure!
I don't think you could really pass this off to anyone as "rice" but it was a great alternative with much more nutritional value and one I will make often. Cauliflower is a bit of a hassle to chop and deal with but I knew this going into it. I think it needs a dash of salt. That or use salted butter. Regardless, this was nice and a side dish that would work with many different things. Thanks for sharing and I will be making again!
I just made this and am eating it right now. I agree with everyone - tasty dish, but I wouldn't mistake it for rice. I was so excited to make this I didn't see the butter was optional. Next time I will omit it as it didn't add any flavor, and maybe add more lime juice and try some garlic granules. Will definitely make again....soon. :)
great way to eat cauliflower....the lime is the perfect touch!
Just started Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet- I'm vegetarian and someone had bookmarked this recipe. Love it! Awesome flavor- I added a few chili flakes and some green onion. The next 13 days will be alot easier as I try variations of this recipe!
Excellent grain free choice. Will make often
This was so yummy. Usually I make it with eggs but this very was yummy.....
Very fresh, had a sweet taste that I wasn't expecting. Probably pretty tasty with a spicy Mexican dish and margarita, but did not taste right with baked chicken and mashed potatoes.
This recipe is easy to follow, not my favorite cauliflower recipe but to be honest it has a good taste. Grated parmesan cheese makes this recipe a lot better.
It's been a while since I made this so I don't remember the exact changes I made (though all changes came from other reviewer suggestions) but it was really delicious and a great healthy alternative. It's important to note that I do NOT like cauliflower! That's the amazing part!
Different, fairly easy, just ok but a good idea as a Mex. accompaniment. Consider more seasoning. Cauliflower rice is great when seasoned right. For just "rice", butter and salt is all you really need.
Loved it! Used olive oil instead of butter, was excellent. We are big cilantro lovers in my house, so this was a hit!
The dish turned out great! The only change I did was to use the frozen riced cauliflower steamed in the microwave. A pinch of salt made it sing. My husband loved it! It is a keeper.
This has become one of my go-to side dishes. Everyone who tries it loves it and asks for more. The only change I made was cooking it on the stove over medium heat instead of the microwave. Fantastic!
simple and tasty
Very very good. Juiced half a lime (not very juicy) and zested 2 limes and used a bunch of cilantro. I did add some green onions and garlic too and omitted the butter. Paired with Carne Asada made the perfect meal.
This is great. My family loved it!
Easy! Fast! And oh so good! Great idea for cauliflower. I even eat it as a light yet satisfying snack!
This is a perfect side to any Mexican dish I make!
Great idea! I've made this three times in the past two weeks and tweaked it to our taste... Cooked it closer to 3-5 minutes depending on the shallowness of the dish, longer made it too mushy. Left out the butter too, just didn't need it. The first time we had it as above but added sliced green onions, diced red bell peppers, and cotija cheese... Yum! Looking forward to trying a Thai version next, with hints of lemongrass and ginger. This one goes into the rotation!
This is amazing!!! Do exactly as written, and prepare for a surprising light and flavorful side.
Maybe I had an extra juicy lime or something, but the lime flavor in this dish was way too strong for me. I did use the optional butter. We still ate it but if I were to make this again I would only use a half of a lime. On the plus side, this was fast to make once the food processor part was over and was an interesting way to add cauliflower to a mexican themed meal.
Really surprised at how good this was! And really easy to make. It took just a few minutes to grate. This would be good in a burrito instead of rice too.
Really awesome idea! This was really easy to make & I really enjoyed it.
Made this dish due to all of the reviews saying they couldn't tell the difference between regular rice and this and even tricked their kids. Well... maybe I used the wrong kind of cauliflour because there was no way my family or I wouldn't be able to tell this was cauliflour. It stunk so bad, I couldn't bring myself to try it. You must like cauliflour to like this recipe.
I did not care for this recipe. I found it to be way too sour.
Everyone enjoyed this! I added more cilantro (we enjoy cilantro). I felt it is easy to make and tastes very fresh.
Working on a diet with a lot less starches, this has become one of my favorite go-to's. It has a bright, enjoyable flavor. I've used it with stir fry or as a side dish.
Delicious! And yes!
I need to try this again as I struggled with using my blender vs my food processor so the cauliflower came out more ground than it should have. It tasted okay but wasn't the consistency of rice. I'll will try it again.
Really good and easy recipe!! Didn't use butter nor microwave. I added some water to the pan with the cauliflower and let it cook for a few minutes until tender, but not mushy. And just like other people said... my husband hates cauliflower and he liked it! so did my picky daughter. It's a keeper!
Cauliflower is new to me. I am only just starting to enjoy it, and only in select ways. Gotta say - this was phenomenal! I could have eaten the whole bowl in one sitting. I paired it with a "Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa" from this site, and it paired extremely well. The only change I made was roasting the cauliflower instead of microwaving it.
Not bad but seemed a little bland to me.
This has the exact texture of couscous but tastes nothing like cauliflower. Even picky husband liked it. I used about half the cilantro and lime, and that was plenty. I also added salt, pepper, and maybe a tablespoon of parmesan instead of butter (as suggested by another reviewer). Delish. I will be trying other seasonings with this to replicate other rice/couscous sides too, as it seems versatile. Thanks OP!
I added chopped fresh mint because it was too tart and it did help. I don't know if the lime I used caused it to be tart, but the mint did take the bit out of it. I wanted to love this, but didn't, but I will try it a one more time.
Even my two teens agreed this was a great substitute for rice on our burritos. I'm going to try to freeze it and hope that works, it'll be great to have on hand for Mexican night (or even when we have Asian bowls).
I substituted this cauliflower recipe for rice when I made black beans and rice today and it was a very different, mushy texture and I craved a starch with the beans. Probably better to keep this recipe as a vegetable side dish than part of an entree.
Very good alternative to rice.
This was an awesome low-carb side dish. I will add this into the rotation.
I loved it but the kids not so much
I really like cauliflower rice since discovering it, but couldn't get past the lime taste in this recipe. I tested a small batch cooking in microwave, but didn't care for the cauliflower as it got too soft. Cooked in skillet with olive oil instead of butter. Used 2 tbsp lime juice (would cut this back if trying again to 2-3 tsp--1 tbsp) and used 3/4 tsp dried cilantro. The amount of cilantro I used was fine, but the lime I just couldn't overcome with the cauliflower. Hubs thought it was ok, hence the rating of 3 stars. For me 1 star. See the review that mentions adding some butter if it's too tart for your tastes--missed that one last night. Served with Salsa Chicken by faye along with black beans and corn lightly seasoned with taco seasoning.
This is a wonderful 'base' recipe for cauliflower rice. I don't use microwaves so I boiled, instead. I like to boil in a veggie broth for added nutritional values. I don't use butter, so coconut oil gives it a great taste and substitute, here. Also don't always get my cilantro fresh but dried cilantro works just as well if not better. There's a lot you can do with this recipe and of course cauliflower rice in general. It's great warm or cold, too! I actually prefer mine the next day once he like saturates the rice and the favors fuse, and served cold. I like to add shredded salmon to it as well for a full meal. Overall, this recipe can be tweaked and used many different ways, which I give it 5-stars for.
Easy, tasty and healthy! Thanks for the recipe!
A very easy low-carb faux rice. I used only 1 teaspoon of lime juice and added salt and pepper to taste. Tip: If yours ends up too tart, adding more butter or a touch of olive oil or cream will help balance the flavor.
Great way to eat more veggies.
Not as flavorful as I would have hoped. Added extra lime and cilantro and still a bit bland.
I made this using the processor to "rice" the cauliiflower and that was easy peasy. This was pretty good when it was hot. Out of the fridge the next day, and it definitely had to be heated up. I did not care for it cold.
Very good had it as a side dish but would like to try it on a burrito
Very bland....no one added seasons to this? The taste was very sour. Usually I love cilantro, but it really did not add anything to the taste. I saved the rest to eat cold. Perhaps that is the way it should be eaten.
Even the kids liked this one. Easy and delicious
This is very good on its own. But I also used it as a base for other dishes instead of rice. It’s very bright and tasty and since my husband has diabetes and needs to watch his carb intake it’s a great substitute.
I made this per the directions and while most of my guests ate it they did comment that the lime was too much.
If I had realized how easy this was to make, I would have made it a much sooner. Super easy and good flavor. Will definitely make again.
I used pre-packaged riced cauliflower. It was very good.
I did the same as another reader and added garlic butter, basil, salt and pepper. This really takes cauliflower from bland to something delish!
Simple prep and nice flavor.
I used a 14 oz bag of grated cauliflower the first time, but followed the recipe exactly. The cauliflower was mushy and overcooked at 7 minutes in the microwave. The next time I tried it I only cooked for four minutes and it was perfect.
This was easy and quite tasty. I also make cilantro rice so this was a great substitute.
Easy to make, tasty and a great alternate to rice. I didn't use the butter, found it wasn't needed but did add a few other spices to zest it up a bit.
Wow, we do not like cauliflower but this was a great more nutritious substitute for rice. Grating it was easier than I expected.
Great substitute for rice with so many fewer calories and lots more nutrition. Do not skimp on the lime juice or cilantro. Needs a little salt. My husband who thinks he does not like cauliflower, loved this. Served it with a Olive & lemon chicken in place of rice. Winner!
I did this recipe to the T it turned out great I would recommend it
We will make it again. Hubs really liked it, too. Substituted unflavored coconut oil for butter. Seasoned to taste with salt and pepper. The fresh lime and zest were a nice addition. Served this as a side with Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/45833/ginger-glazed-mahi-mahi/)
Great recipe! Pairs well with the Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa. Very easy to make and doesn't take long. Loved it ??
Refreshing. Will bolster lime and add a dash of salt next time. Highly recommend to swap out the high calories of a rice dish.
Tasty and nutricious
I added a quarter teaspoon of salt and pepper, skipped the butter and added a half of diced poblano pepper. I also cooked the cauliflower closer to 10 minutes. Adding the poblano pepper at the last two.
This was my first attempt at making cauliflower rice and this recipe was really good!!
Great low carb option as a side. Tasted great. Texture was slightly different than rice but it was still great!
cilantro tastes to both my husband and myself like soap; it's one of those genetic taste things. It might work with parsley which we both like.
I did make this very good & quick
Made exactly as written. Paired beautifully with Barlow's Blackened Catfish - also on this site -. We really enjoyed this. Flavors blend very well and made a refreshing side to our spicy fish. Thanks for a great recipe we will use often.
Great recipe - I cheated. I used frozen riced cauliflower, cooked as directed on package. I added chicken bouillon flavor and it turned out great!
Made this for a replacement in a Chipotle burrito bowl. Couldn't tell the difference when it was mixed with all the other fixings. By itself it was close but needed some work.
This is soooo yummy and refreshing, while at the same time comforting. A definite go to