Cauliflower Rice with Cilantro and Lime


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. And 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.

Grating the cauliflower gives it a texture and consistency very similar to rice, but provides a heap of nutrients and vitamins — did you know that one serving of cauliflower has 73 percent of the vitamin C you should have in a day?! When prepared with fresh lime juice and cilantro, this cauliflower rice will turn you into a cauli convert.

Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime ingredients - Dr. Axe

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 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. And while it technically is a side dish, you might even want to eat it solo!

Total Time

20 minutes




  • 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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