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Try this delicious Coconut Cauliflower Rice recipe, perfect for those following a keto, low carb, paleo, or whole30 diet. This flavorful and healthy side dish recipe will quickly become a staple in your meal rotation using our cauliflower rice recipe, coconut milk, toasted coconuts, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Coconut Cauliflower Rice ready to serve.
Cauliflower Coconut Rice

It is a great side dish to go with delicious chicken roll ups or comforting crack chicken casserole.

Cauliflower Recipes

The most important article I suggest is about making cauliflower rice in seconds using a blender and water.

After this post and a recipe, you can make tons of rice for various meals.

Apart from today’s coconut rice, you can try delicious cheesy rice, oven baked riced cauliflower, or mashed cauliflower, identical to a potato mash.

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What is Cauliflower Rice?

Cauliflower rice is a type of food where you finely chop the cauliflower into small pieces resembling regular rice’s shape and texture. It is a popular low-carb alternative to processed grains like white or brown rice, and it’s gaining popularity as a healthy substitute in many recipes.

Cauliflower rice is often used as a keto side instead of rice dish in stir-fries, salads, and casseroles but can also be enjoyed as a side dish or as an ingredient in soups and stews. Additionally, it can be steamed, roasted, microwaved, or cooked on the stovetop for a nutritious meal.

Is Coconut Cauliflower Rice Keto-friendly?

Coconut cauliflower rice is an excellent option for those looking for a keto-friendly way of eating. This type of rice is low in carbs and calories compared to white rice, making it suitable for the low-carb lifestyle. It is also high in fiber and protein and, therefore, can help you feel full for extended periods.

Coconut lime cauliflower rice swerved with limes.
Coconut cauliflower rice recipe

Toasted Coconut Garnish

Toasted coconut, which I am using in a recipe, is a delicious and simple way to add texture, flavor, and crunch to any dish. For our cauliflower coconut rice recipe, you can garnish with toasted coconut flakes or shredded coconut with cilantro and lime zest.

To toast the coconut flakes or shredded coconut made from desiccated coconut, preheat your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit or 175 Degrees Celsius. Spread the coconut on an even-layer baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Allow cooling before using as a garnish.

How to Make Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Our quick and easy steps will show you how to make the dish and your cauli rice in seconds.

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Blender
  • Sieve
  • Cooking Pan
  • Spatula

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower
  • Coconut Oil
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Coconut shreds
  • Coconut Milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lime Juice – optional

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

Coconut cauliflower rice recipe in a golden bowl.
Coconut Cauliflower Rice

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR THE COCONUT CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE

First Step: Make Rice

If you are going to make your rice, follow my super easy, quick tip to learn how to rice cauliflower in under a minute.

Fully clean a whole large head of cauliflower and cut out all the leaves and the middle stem. Chop the raw cauliflower head into smaller pieces. Place fresh cauliflower florets into your blender and add water to submerge fully. Switch your blender or food processor and pulse a few times. Watch how the cauliflower gets transformed into tiny pieces like rice in seconds. Pour the whole mixture through the sieve and let the rice dry.

Coconut Cauliflower Rice Making rice.
Cauliflower Coconut Rice

Second Step: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare all of the ingredients for making our delicious dish.

Regarding the coconut shreds, you can also use toasted, which makes your meal even crunchier.

If you use frozen cauliflower rice, let it thaw for a few hours.

You can also create and use coconut milk made from shreds at home.

Cauliflower Coconut Rice Ingredients needed.
Coconut lime cauliflower rice

Third Step: Roast Rice

Start by heating two tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet over the stove.

Into the skillet, add crushed garlic, and roast slightly. Add the cauliflower rice and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat.

Make coconut cauliflower rice with garlic.
Coconut cauliflower rice recipe

Fourth Step: Add Spices and Milk

Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the coconut milk and cook on medium-high heat. As an option, you can also add a bit of lime juice and lime zest.

Cauliflower recipe adding coconut milk in.
Make coconut cauliflower rice

Fifth Step: Cook and Add Shreds

Once the milk has evaporated, switch the heat off and add the coconut shreds raw or toasted.

Mix thoroughly and serve.

Finally, to enhance the flavor even further, top your coconut cauliflower rice with some freshly chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

Coconut lime cauliflower rice cooking.
Cauliflower recipe

Tips on Making This Recipe

  • Cauliflower rice – I have used 2 cups of cauliflower rice for the recipe. You can freeze extra leftover coconut rice for the future. Just add the cauliflower rice into ziplock bags.
  • Coconut milk – it is best to use full-fat coconut milk
  • Coconut cream – the cream can be used instead of milk for a thicker and more intense coconut flavor. If you use canned coconut milk or cream, shake the can before opening it.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to Serve With Coconut Cauliflower Rice?

Coconut cauliflower rice is a perfect side dish or main course option for those looking for a healthier alternative to traditional white rice or coconut basmati rice. To make it even more delicious, several foods can be served alongside. A flavorful Indian curry dinner, Instant Pot beef stew or a pan stir-fry chicken will pair nicely with the coconut cauliflower rice’s mild flavor.

Additionally, roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and squash would provide a colorful and nutritious accompaniment.

If you’re looking for more ideas, add some shredded chicken, blackstone pork chops or pork marinated in a savory teriyaki sauce.

And as we are by the lemony feelings, a drink with lemon cordial might be a great fit.

Coconut cauli in a bowl.
Coconut lime cauliflower rice

How Do You Store and Reheat Cauliflower Coconut Rice?

To store this deliciousness, put the cooked cauliflower coconut rice in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

When ready to reheat and enjoy, transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with a damp paper towel.

Heat for 2-3 minutes until heated through.

You can also reheat the cauliflower coconut rice on the stovetop over low heat, occasionally stirring so that the rice is evenly heated.

Can You Freeze Riced Cauliflower?

Yes, you can freeze rice cauliflower. To freeze it, spread it on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer until it is frozen. Then transfer the cauliflower to an airtight container or bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can You Freeze Keto Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice?

You can quickly freeze this dish. 
To freeze, allow the cooked cauliflower rice to cool completely and then place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Coconut Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Zuzana Paar
5 from 6 votes
Try this delicious Coconut Cauliflower Rice recipe, perfect for those following a keto, low carb, paleo, or whole30 diet. This flavorful and healthy side dish recipe will quickly become a staple in your meal rotation using our cauliflower rice recipe, coconut milk, toasted coconuts, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine International
Servings 4 Cups
Calories 53 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Fully clean a whole large head of cauliflower and cut out all the leaves and the middle stem. Chop the raw cauliflower head into smaller pieces. Place fresh cauliflower florets into your blender and add water to submerge fully. Switch your blender or food processor and pulse a few times. Watch how the cauliflower gets transformed into tiny pieces like rice in seconds. Pour the whole mixture through the sieve and let the rice dry.
  • Prepare all of the ingredients for making our delicious dish. Regarding the coconut shreds, you can also use toasted, which makes your meal even crunchier. If you use frozen cauliflower rice, let it thaw for a few hours.
  • Start by heating two tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet over the stove. Into the skillet, add crushed garlic, and roast slightly. Add the cauliflower rice and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the coconut milk and cook on medium-high heat. As an option, you can also add a bit of lime juice and lime zest.
  • Once the milk has evaporated, switch the heat off and add the coconut shreds raw or toasted. Mix thoroughly and serve.

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Notes

  • Cauliflower rice – I have used 2 cups of cauliflower rice for the recipe. You can freeze extra leftover coconut rice for the future. Just add the cauliflower rice into ziplock bags.
  • Coconut milk – it is best to use full-fat coconut milk.
  • Coconut cream – the cream can be used instead of milk for a thicker and more intense coconut flavor. If you use canned coconut milk or cream, shake the can before opening it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1CupCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 49mgPotassium: 533mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 0.2IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on February 10th, 2023
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2 Comments on “Coconut Cauliflower Rice Recipe”

  1. My wife and I love cauliflower as a healthy alternative so we’re so happy we found this recipe! Combining it with coconut was something we hadn’t tried before and it came out fantastic. Will definitely be making this one again. Thanks!

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