Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Here’s my Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe, a wholesome and flavorful side dish that’s not only low-carb and gluten-free but also bursting with the vibrant goodness of cilantro, lime, jalapeno, spinach, and green onions! This cauliflower rice is a vegetable-packed delight that’s as easy to prepare as it is healthy. If you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious way to enjoy your daily veggies, this is the recipe for you!

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice served in a white bowl.

Why I Love This Recipe

What excites me about this recipe is how effortlessly it transforms cauliflower rice into a vibrant, Latin-inspired delight! This dish, inspired by the flavors of Latin and South American cuisine like my Peruvian Chicken Soup and Cilantro Green Sauce, is all about the fresh, zesty combination of cilantro and lime. The main star here is the cauliflower rice, and with a few simple steps, it turns into a co-main or main dish that’s perfect for a light lunch or dinner!

Picture this, tender cauliflower rice infused with the lively flavors of cilantro and lime, with just the right touch of spiciness. It’s like a fiesta in your mouth, reminiscent of the delicious taste of my Lime Chicken Fried Rice. This recipe is for anyone seeking an easy, wholesome co-main made with real, fresh ingredients and a generous serving of vegetables. So, why wait? Dive into this flavor-packed dish and savor every bite!



  • Cauliflower Rice – pre-made fresh or frozen cauliflower rice. You can usually find frozen cauliflower rice in most supermarkets.
  • Olive Oil – extra virgin olive oil or olive oil of choice.
  • Chicken Bullion Powder – concentrated flavors of chicken stock in a Chicken Bullion Powder form. Can be purchased at your local supermarket often found in the ethnic aisle.
  • Cilantro – fresh cilantro.
  • Jalapeno – fresh jalapeno. Feel free to remove the seeds less spicy is preferred.
  • Spinach – fresh spinach washed from any dirt.
  • Green Onions – also known as scallions, can get purchased at your local supermarket.
  • Lime Juice – lime juice squeezed from fresh lime.
  • Garlic – fresh garlic clove.

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice served in a white bowl, top down shot.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Start with preparing the cilantro lime sauce by combining cilantro, jalapeno, spinach, green onion, garlic, and lime juice in a food processor and pulsing until well combined.

Cilantro lime jalapeno blended mix in a food processor.

🌀 Blending Pro Tip

For more efficient blending, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of Chicken Broth to the mix.

Step 2 Next, add the olive oil of choice to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Once up to heat, add the cauliflower rice in and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Cauliflower rice cooking on a pan.

🍳 Cooking Pro Tip

For optimal texture, make sure the Oil is Preheated before adding the rice.

Step 3 Stir in the cilantro sauce, sprinkle some chicken bullion into the cauliflower rice and serve. Can also sprinkle in some salt if preferred for extra flavor.

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice in a skillet.

🧂 Extra Seasoning Pro Tip

For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a sprinkle of Salt or Tajin to enhance the seasoning.

Pairing Recommendations

Shrimp Ceviche or Lemon BBQ Chicken are excellent protein choices to pair this cauliflower rice with. Shrimp ceviche offers a refreshing and citrusy flavor, while lemon BBQ chicken brings a delightful combination of tangy and smoky notes.

Cilantro lime cauliflower rice served in a white bowl being scooped with a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dish vegan?

Yes, you can make this dish vegan by omitting the Chicken Bullion and instead using Tajin seasoning as a flavorful alternative.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or on a gluten-free diet.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in this recipe?

Absolutely! You have the flexibility to adjust the spiciness to your liking. For a milder version, simply deseed the jalapeno and use less of it. If you prefer a spicier kick, leave the seeds in for an extra punch of heat. Tailor the spice level to your taste preferences.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer the dish to an airtight container, seal it tightly, and refrigerate for 3-5 days. When ready to enjoy, reheat in the microwave.

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Discover the zesty delight of Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, a healthy twist bursting with fresh flavors. Perfectly pairs with any main dish.
5 from 6 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: cauliflower cilantro lime rice, cilantro lime cauliflower rice
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 bowls
Print Recipe
Calories: 154kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for cilantro lime cauliflower rice.
  • Inside a food processor, add cilantro, jalapeno, spinach, green onion, lime juice, garlic cloves and pulse until well combined.
    Cilantro lime jalapeno blended mix in a food processor.
  • In a large frying pan, add olive oil on high heat. Once the oil is preheated, add in cauliflower rice and cook for 2-3 minutes or until preferred tenderness is attained.
    Cauliflower rice cooking on a pan.
  • Sprinkle in the Chicken Bullion and mix in the green paste for step 2). Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy hot!
    Cilantro lime cauliflower rice in a skillet.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2082IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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