Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro)

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) 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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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
  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.
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Allergy & Dietary Information for Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro)

This Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander 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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45 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.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’ve never heard of frozen cauliflower – sounds like it would go all mushy if you tried to cook it – the fresh stuff is delicious though!

  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!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It worked for my boyfriend! He eats it all the time and he was a huge carb monster!

  14. That cauliflower looks so delicious and I love how finely chopped it is. I love that you got it right up to the point that it appears like rice because that would be such a fun surprise to people who don’t care too much for veggies!

  15. 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!

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

  17. Mamaguru says:

    My family is crazy about cauliflower. I love the lemon twist you added. I bet it just brightens it all up.

  18. natalielovesbeauty says:

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

  19. Kari Jonard says:

    Interesting. I’ve had cauliflower mashed (potatoes) but never thought to stop mashing sooner. This looks great!

  20. Oh this sounds like my cilantro lime cauliflower rice, its so delish especially with some Salmon… Now I want to go to my 24hr Walmart and get some cauliflower to make for dinner tomorrow lol

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It really is fantastic with fish!

  21. Mmmm this looks so good! I’ve been using cauliflower rice a LOT more lately, and I’m loving it. I like using the pre-made cauliflower rice that you can find in the grocery stores lately. It makes it SO easy!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Mmm this sounds lovely! I’m a big fan of cauliflower rice with some grilled meats for dinner. Yum!

  23. Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s a very simple yet healthy dish! I love that you can easily make it. I don’t think I’ve tried making cauliflower rice before. It’s a must try!

  24. Penniless Prairie Girl says:

    I LOVE rice. This looks like a delicious recipe that I will have to try out!

  25. Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love cauliflower!! I must give your recipe a try! Deliciousness

  26. This is absolutely looks so good! I want to try this at home and I’m sure my hubby wouyd love this too

  27. This sounds healthy and delicious!

  28. My father and I just got into a discussion about cilantro versus coriander. I LOVE cilantro, so this recipe is definitely something that I would try. I also like the addition of lemon, and that you’re using cauliflower to make the rice. I’ve made cauliflower mashed potatoes before, but not the rice yet.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I love it too but my father can’t stand it – it’s a very polarizing herb so it would seems. Apparently 10% of the population have an enzyme or something whereby coriander tastes like soap or perfume to them!

  29. That’s an interesting recipe. I love trying new recipes and cauliflower is one of the few vegetable that my son loves.

  30. Looks tasty I’ve on my ever had cauliflower rice once before.

  31. This looks really tasty – never tried cauliflower rice. Love lemon flavours too. Thank you for sharing 🙂 x

  32. I love rice dishes so this recipe is right up my street. Love it.

  33. karlyn cruz says:

    thats a very interesting rice! very new to me! i like it

  34. Sheri says:

    I love rice and this looks good. Minimal prep time and will be worth a try this weekend. Saving this.

  35. Kerry Norris says:

    I’ve made cauliflower rice a few times but never thought to use lemon with it. X

  36. I love cauliflower rice and have been looking for different ways to prepare it. I’m going to have to give this one a try.

  37. Dieter says:

    Thank you for making it for 2 people 🙂 this is excellent, normal it is always for min 4 … and then i end up eating for 4

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