Lemon cauliflower rice in white bowl on white board.

lemon cauliflower rice

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Lemon cauliflower rice is a colorful, flavorful, healthy alternative to liven up any meal, any day of the week. Ditch boring rice and try this quick side. 



  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 12 red chilis, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions (3 scallions)


  1. Trim and wash the cauliflower. Cut it into florets, rinse and pat dry.
  2. Using a hand grater or food process, grate the cauliflower to a grain-like consistency. You may want to experiment on the fine or coarse options for your grater.
  3. Turn the cauliflower rice out on a plate or cutting board lined with paper towels. Put another towel on top and press to release as much moisture as you can.
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients by thinly slicing the 2 red chilis, grating the lemon for the zest and juicing the rest of the lemon. Chop the coriander (cilantro) and slice 3 scallions (1/2 cup).
  5. Heat a medium to large skillet. Add the lemon juice, zest, red chilis and cauliflower. Stir to heat through.
  6. Turn off the heat and place the lemon rice in a bowl (or keep it in the skillet). Add the coriander and scallions.
  7. Serve immediately.


  • For something extra, try adding ¼ cup chopped almonds or cashews. This would be good with stir fry or Thai curry.
  • Create an orange rice by substituting the lemon for an organic orange. You add ¼ cup of juice and adjust if you want it moister.
  • Cauliflower rice is great to have in the freezer; however, once you’ve added the fresh coriander and scallions, I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. Best to just reheat any leftovers (if there are any).
  • Category: On the Side
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Indian

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