Cauliflower Rice Recipe with Cilantro and Lime - Dr. Axe

Cauliflower Rice with Cilantro and Lime

Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime - Dr. Axe

I don’t know about you, but there are lots of times when a meal just requires a side like rice to soak up flavors or set off a special dish, like my seared grass-fed steak or beef short ribs. While it tastes good, white rice has nearly no nutritional value — who needs those empty calories? That’s what makes this cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime just so good.

Now, you may ask the following:

  • Is cauliflower rice better than rice?
  • How healthy is cauliflower rice?
  • Does cauliflower rice taste like rice?

Cauliflower rice benefits are definitely more plentiful than plain, old white rice, and while it obviously has a cauliflower flavor, it also provides a similar texture and doesn’t overpower what it’s eaten with. Plus, this cilantro lime cauliflower rice recipe using nothing but healthy ingredients, making it an optimal choice for a side dish (or even main).

Key Ingredients

Wondering how to rice cauliflower? It’s simple: Just grate it!

Grating the cauliflower gives it a texture and consistency very similar to rice but provides a heap of nutrients and vitamins. In fact, did you know that one serving of cauliflower has up to 77 percent of the vitamin C you should have in a day?


That’s not all. Cauliflower rice nutrition provides all the same vitamins and minerals as the vegetable itself, while cauliflower calories rice calories are low, making it a great choice for weight control — not to mention its cancer-fighting, immune-boosting, heart-healthy benefits.

When prepared with fresh lime juice and cilantro, this cauliflower rice recipe will turn you into a cauli convert.

Here are the other players in this cauliflower rice recipe:

  • Cilantro: A common herb rich in vitamins K, A, C and E, cilantro is great for detox, combatting oxidative stress and more.
  • Garlic: Among the healthiest herbs in the world, garlic benefits immunity, brain health and more.
  • Ghee: Full of fat-soluble vitamins, free of lactose and casein, and loaded with healthy fats, ghee can strengthen bones and digestion without the worries of conventional butter.
  • Lime: Another vitamin C powerhouse, lime is great heart and immune health.
Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime ingredients - Dr. Axe

How to Make Cauliflower Rice with Cilantro and Lime

Start by melting the ghee over medium-high heat. Ghee benefits are better than butter, and I love using it for cooking because of its nutty flavor and ability to withstand high temperatures.

Add in the cauliflower and minced garlic, stirring occasionally, for the next 5–10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime process - Dr. Axe

In a large mixing bowl, add in the cauliflower and garlic mixture. Stir in the chopped cilantro, and pour in the lime juice.

Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime recipe - Dr. Axe

Mix it all up, and then add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Then serve.

This cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime is so easy to make. It pairs well with Mexican dishes, too.

You could even experiment with different herbs and seasonings depending on what you’re serving it with. Plus, while it technically is a side dish, you might even want to eat it solo!

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Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime - Dr. Axe

Cauliflower Rice with Cilantro and Lime

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


While it tastes good, white rice has nearly no nutritional value. This cilantro lime cauliflower rice is loaded with nutrition and flavor.


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 4 cups grated cauliflower
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of one lime
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pan, melt ghee over medium high heat.
  2. Add in cauliflower and minced garlic, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook cauliflower for 5–10 minutes, then remove from heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add in cauliflower mixture.
  5. Pour in lime juice and mix well.
  6. Stir in chopped cilantro.
  7. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 10min
  • Cook Time: 10min
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 64g
  • Calories: 45
  • Sugar: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 16mg
  • Fat: 3.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg

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  1. Gary on

    This was excellent!! Grated Texture was very good, and taste was very good. I felt satiety after eating this dish and just great all over, as I felt energized and a calming at the same time.

  2. Liana Matchak on

    I want vegetarian recipes! Its most likely impossible for me to follow the grass fed meats and organic veggies! Anything truly healthful is so expensive small quantity and usually a fake. Labels are for lying! I just try to improve my family’s diet by more veggie recipes and trying to keep God’s kingdom in sharp focus, as this government will truly solve ALL the political, religious, social , moral and poverty, illness issues facing mankind.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Liana, here is a link to my vegetarian recipes:

      You can find my vegan recipes here:

      I hope this helps!


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