Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro)

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Looking for a light and refreshing side dish to pair with my Asian Style, Sweet Chilli Salmon, I was immediately drawn to something citrussy and decided to create a Lemon Cauliflower Rice to cut through the sweetness of the salmon.  I love the flavour of Lemon & Coriander (Cilantro) so I decided to add that too and the perfect accompanying side dish was created!

To make the Cauliflower Rice it’s very simple.  All you have to do is chop the florets off of the stalk and add them to a food processor.  Then pulse the food processor until the cauliflower has been chopped into rice-sized pieces.  I wouldn’t be without my Kenwood Food Processor.  I love it as it has everything I need.  A mixing bowl for cakes etc, a food processor and a blender (3 gadgets in one) so it doesn’t take up too much storage space – always a great idea in the kitchen.  However if you don’t have a food processor you can always grate the cauliflower to make your rice.  It requires a lot more work but the results will be similar.  You can use Cauliflower Rice made in this way for many recipes such as my Cauliflower Tabbouleh, my Smoked Salmon & Summer Vegetable Risotto and my Kimchi Fried Rice!

So once you have your cauliflower rice you are ready to prepare the dish.  Start by heating the oil in a frying pan and frying the garlic until it’s softened.

Add the cauliflower rice and fry for about 5 minutes to soften it as well.  Meanwhile you can zest (grate the rind) and juice the lemon.  After 5 mins of cooking time, add this to the cauliflower.

Remove the leaves from the coriander (cilantro) stalks.  Chop the leaves quite finely and stir through the Lemon Cauliflower Rice at the last minute.

Season with plenty of salt and pepper and it’s ready to serve.

I served it with my Sweet Chilli Salmon and it went amazingly well.  The delicate citrus flavour really balanced with the sweet, spiciness of the salmon and Dan (who’d asked for noodles with his salmon) even agreed that the Lemon Cauliflower Rice was better!  I can see this working as a summer side dish at BBQs too along with Salmon Skewers or even with your favourite Curry!

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Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro)
Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro) by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo, SCD, Primal, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegetarian & Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro) by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo, SCD, Primal, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegetarian & Vegan
Instructions
  1. Rice the cauliflower by pulsing in a food processor or by grating it.
  2. Heat the oil and fry the garlic until it is softened.
  3. Add the riced cauliflower to the frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, zest the lemon (grate the rind) and then juice it.
  5. Add the juice and the lemon zest to the cauliflower rice.
  6. Remove the leaves from the coriander (cilantro) stalks and chop them finely.
  7. Stir the chopped coriander leaves through the Lemon Cauliflower Rice and season with plenty of salt and pepper. Serve.

Allergy & Dietary Information for Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro)

This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free & Dairy-Free.  It’s also suitable for SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole30, Low Carb, Primal & Paleo Diets.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks tasty. Reminds me, we need to eat more rice 🙂

  2. Lauren says:

    I just recently started making cauliflower rice – I LOVE IT! Will definitely be trying this.

  3. perfectstormbff says:

    Cauliflower is one of my favorite alternatives to rice. It’s SOOO good and so healthy for you too

  4. Ivana J says:

    I am not really a fan of cauliflower, but rice is something i like so much, so should try this xoxo

  5. bonvoyageluv says:

    Sounds amazing… I love the taste of lemon, so this sounds like it would be perfect… will definitely try soon xoxo

  6. Hannah says:

    This looks amazing! Just another reason I need to buy a food processor lol

  7. Julie Hood says:

    I just made mashed cauliflower last night (instead of mashed potatoes)!! I didn’t even know you could turn it into rice. That’s crazy!

  8. I have not tried making my own cauliflower rice. The frozen cauliflower rice is disgusting. Using my food processor, though, sounds easy enough. We eat a lot of lime, cilantro rice. I think I’ll give this a try for a change of pace.

  9. GladysRios says:

    Yummy!! i have been considering trying replacing rice with cauliflower and i think this recipe has sealed my decision to do it!!

  10. helloworld1304 says:

    This looks so good! I honestly had no idea that cauliflower was so diverse 🙂 definitely saving this recipe!

  11. emmaandroseblog says:

    This looks so delicious! Can I share this recipe on my blog?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Please do as long as you link back to my blog for the recipe 🙂

  12. Southern & Style says:

    This literally looks amazing! I love rice for a side dish, but it’s so calorie-heavy! This is an awesome alternative 🙂

    xoxo, SS

  13. 2014ritchie says:

    Since going low carb, rice is one of the things I find myself missing most. I used to make a great cilantro rice. This might have to be my replacement. I kept trying to win my husband over to this great veggie but he has not developed a fondness yet. Maybe this will be the recipe that hooks him!

  14. I love cauliflower rice! Used it once while making veggie korma – such a great substitute for normal rice, and it’s low carb too! Win, win!

  15. This looks and sounds like a delicious dish. I’ve got to check out your Asian Style, Sweet Chilli Salmon recipe as well.

  16. natalielovesbeauty says:

    Ohh this looks delicious! Love that this recipe is vegan too – will have to try it.

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