This light and fluffy Coconut Cauliflower Rice recipe is an extremely easy, yet flavorful side dish that's just bursting with coconut flavor.
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❤️ Why You'll Love This Coconut Cauliflower Rice Recipe
- Coconut adds a creaminess and a rich flavor to the cauliflower
- Easy to prepare and is ready in 20 minutes or less
- Perfect for Keto, low carb, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets
- Healthy and nutritious side dish
Are you’re watching your carbs, and wondering," What can I have instead of rice on Keto?" Cauliflower rice is the ultimate substitute for starchy, high carb foods like rice, bread and potatoes. And while some cauliflower recipes can be a tad bit boring, this coconut lime cauliflower is anything BUT boring!
Coconut is one those ingredients that totally wakes up whatever dish you add it to. Some super popular examples are Thai Red Curry Coconut Grilled Chicken, Coconut Curry Chicken Soup and Red Curry Coconut Pork. Not only does the coconut add a nice subtle flavor, but it also adds a bit of richness to each dish.
That is case with this cauliflower rice as well. Unsweetened coconut milk and the perfect amount of lime transforms ordinary cauliflower rice into a fragrant and flavorful side dish that won't overpower or compete with whatever you serve it with.
What's in Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Cauliflower rice
- Unsweetened coconut cream
- Coconut oil
- Optional: Unsweetened shredded coconut
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium and add in the coconut oil. Pour in the cauliflower rice and toss in the coconut oil to coat it.
Sauté 5 minutes, then add in coconut cream, lime juice and zest, salt and pepper.
Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the cauliflower.
Add in the cilantro, top with the optional shredded coconut and serve.
If you have been on Keto or a low carb diet, there is no doubt you have seen cauliflower recipes. That's because it has considerably less carbs than real rice and it has a fairly neutral flavor making it a good base for many low carb recipes.
Let's look at the comparison in carbs alone! For one cup of regular white rice, there are 45 grams of carbs. But is cauliflower rice high in carbs? No! For the same cup measurement, cauliflower rice only has 10 carbs!
But it's not just about the huge difference in carbs. White rice basically contains no nutrients and is a starchy carbohydrate which your body converts into sugar.
There really isn't any comparison between the two! And with as many delicious ways there are to prepare it, you could add a totally different cauliflower rice recipe to your menu plan every week.
Cauliflower is very nutritious. It's packed with fiber, and many vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, zinc, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B complex, C, K and E.
According to this article on Healthline, " Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, containing some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need."
Tips for Buying Fresh Cauliflower
- Look for cauliflower that has a creamy white color that is free of blemishes.
- The head of cauliflower should feel heavy, and the florets should be densely packed.
- Take a little sniff of the cauliflower. It shouldn't have much of a smell at all. When it begins to age, cauliflower will begin to smell pungent and rather unpleasant.
- Most of the time cauliflower comes wrapped tightly in cellophane, which traps moisture. When you get it home, unwrap it and transfer it to a loosely sealed plastic bag. This really helps extend the life of a head of cauliflower.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice
You can always buy frozen cauliflower rice, but nothing beats the taste and texture of freshly riced cauliflower. And it's so easy to do!
Just start with a head of cauliflower. Wash and cut the stems and leaves off.
Cut into florets and place them in small batches in the bowl of your food processor.
Pulse just until you have pieces that resemble the size of regular rice.
Do not overmix or they will come out too fine. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a box grater instead.
More Keto Cauliflower Recipes
- Jalapeño Popper Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Cauliflower
- Cauliflower "Potato" Salad
- Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower
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Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium and add in the coconut oil. Pour in the cauliflower rice and toss in the coconut oil to coat it.
- Sauté 5 minutes, then add in coconut cream, lime juice and zest, salt and pepper.
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the cauliflower.
- Add in the cilantro, top with the optional shredded coconut and serve.
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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