Jalapeno Lime Cauliflower Rice is a healthy cauliflower rice recipe bursting with the flavors of spicy jalapeno balanced with the freshness of chopped cilantro and lime juice! An easy recipe for a side dish that can also be Whole30 with just one substitution.
I love cauliflower rice as the base for a side dish in place of traditional rice as a healthier option. Our Jalapeno Lime Rice is bursting with flavor starting with a little kick from fresh jalapeno that's balanced with the freshness of chopped cilantro and lime juice!
Serve as a quick and easy side dish or top with shrimp, chicken or beef for a main dish bowl recipe. It will be fabulous any which way you serve it!
Adding lime, cilantro and spicy jalapeno to our jalapeno rice gives it a delicious Mexican flair and flavor! Serve warm or refrigerate and serve as a delicious chilled summer salad!
A nice change of pace from rice, our cauliflower rice recipe can even become a Whole30 recipe with just one substitution of ghee or clarified butter for the butter.
Cauliflower Rice is taking over the internet! And it can become whatever you want it to be. Make it a side dish, a pizza crust, a bread for grilled cheese, tots as an appetizer, tots as a veggie side dish, in a buddha bowl, as the rice in a soup.
Cauliflower rice is such a basic base that you can flavor it however your little heart desires!
Make It Whole30
A nice change of pace from rice, our jalapeno cauliflower rice recipe can even become a Whole30 recipe with just one substitution of ghee or clarified butter for the butter.
Make it hotter
Like it hot? If you like spice in your life, stir in some of the jalapeno seeds. Whoa baby, there's lots of heat in those little seeds!
Cauliflower Rice FAQ’s
How do you make cauliflower rice?
You can easily make your own cauliflower rice by grating raw cauliflower by hand on a box grater or pulsing in a food processor until "rice-like" or finely chopped. Cauliflower rice is actually easy and fast to make. It is also now available in the produce section of your grocery store along with so many other "riced" vegetables.
Is cauliflower rice good for you?
Yes. Cauliflower rice is made from cauliflower which is among the healthiest of cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower is bursting with:
- vitamin B6
- vitamin C
- vitamin K
- low calorie, about 25 calories per cup
- low carb
- gluten free
- grain free
- diabetic friendly
Cauliflower is definitely delicious, nutritious and easy to make too.....sign me up please!
What does cauliflower rice taste like?
Cauliflower rice has a mild flavor with nutty and slightly bitter underlying notes.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Make this recipe with whote or brown rice
- Substitute quinoa for the cauliflower rice
- Top with cooked chicken or shrimp for a main meal
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Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- kosher salt
- cauliflower rice
- lime juice
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Jalapeno Lime Cauliflower Rice is a healthy cauliflower rice recipe bursting with the flavors of spicy jalapeno balanced with the freshness of chopped cilantro and lime juice! An easy recipe for a side side that can also be Whole30 with just one substitution.
- 3 Tbs. butter (See notes below to make recipe Whole30)
- 2 scallions ,sliced on diagonal, 1/4 cup
- 2 Tbs. minced seeded fresh jalapeno
- 1 clove garlic ,minced
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 cups packed cauliflower rice** or 2 pkgs. (10 ounces each) cauliflower rice
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 Tbs. lime juice
- fresh jalapeno slices and additional sliced scallions, optional garnish
Melt butter in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook scallions, jalapeno, garlic and salt until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in cauliflower rice and cook until tender and slightly browned, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
Garnish with fresh jalapeno slices and additional sliced scallion, if desired.
Makes 4 cups/6 servings.
Make It Whole30: Prepare recipe as directed substituting ghee or clarified butter for the butter.
TIP: Like it extra hot, stir in some of the jalapeno seeds. There's lots of heat in those little seeds!
**For cauliflower rice, grate raw cauliflower on a box grater, pulse in a food processor until "rice-like" or finely chop.
First Published: March 1, 2017... Last Updated: February 20, 2021