This Coconut and Lime Cauliflower Fried Rice is perfect for these hot summer days with its mix of lime and coconut. Its light and healthy and is the perfect side dish that compliments any protein with out having that guilt of feeling stuffed!
My absolute favorite thing about this dish is how it uses cauliflower instead of rice. If you haven’t done this before, I highly suggest you give it a try. Cauliflower is lighter on the carbohydrates than rice, absorbs the flavor of almost anything you cook with it (in this case, creamy coconut milk, zesty lime juice, and fresh cilantro), and it a great way to get those veggies in! It might sound strange, but once you process the budget-friendly veggie into to small pieces, it really does look like rice! And take it from me the Brazilian rice lover!
This “fried rice” recipe makes a large batch (8 servings) and extras store well in the fridge. So, if you’re not serving a crowd, wrap up any leftovers and enjoy them during the week. Serve the rice as a side with protein, or mix it up with some other veggies to make it into a stir fry!
Coconut and Lime Cauliflower “Fried Rice”
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Serves: 8 servings, ½ cup each
- 2 medium heads cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil, divided use
- 1 (13.66-oz.) can unsweetened organic lite coconut milk
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, divided use
- 4 tsp. finely chopped lime zest
- ½ cup finely chopped cilantro; reserve a small amount for garnish
- ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
- Place half of cauliflower in food processor; pulse until cauliflower is chopped into pieces about the size of rice. Repeat with the other half. Set aside.
- Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add cauliflower; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes.
- Add coconut milk, coconut, and 3 Tbsp. lime juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 12 minutes, or until tender and liquid evaporates.
- Add remaining 1 Tbsp. lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, and salt; cook for 2 minutes, or until lime juice evaporates.
- Divide evenly into eight serving bowls; garnish evenly with cilantro.