Fluffy Lemon Cauliflower Rice


I know I’ve been dragging my feet a bit with my recipes lately, but I finally have a good one for you! I don’t like sharing half ass recipes that I try to whip together just because I need a post and I’ve vowed not to do that. I’ve also learned that some of my best recipes come on their own accord — naturally and unforced. It’s in these situations when I tend to feel most creative and things come together. On the other hand, when I try too hard to think of a recipe to make and share, it just doesn’t happen (most of the time). I think that’s been part of my problem lately. That, and I’ve been resorting to really simple and basic meals lately, some of which I’ve already shared.

Anyway, this lemon cauliflower rice is incredibly refreshing and pairs nicely with chicken or mild fish. I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand, but a garnish of fresh thyme, parsley or rosemary would be delicious with the lemony flavor of the rice. We ate our rice with sauteed kale and chicken breasts seasoned with sea salt and a generous amount of black pepper. It was divine!



  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (make sure it’s pure!)


  1. Place raw cauliflower florets in the food processor and pulse until riced. If need be, do this in two batches, depending on the size of your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the riced cauliflower and stir. Next, add the sea salt and continue to cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once cauliflower rice is heated through and maybe browned slightly, remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. If need be, add more sea salt to taste.
  4. Serve warm with protein of choice (see recommendations above).

Yields: 4-5 side dish servings



15 thoughts on “Fluffy Lemon Cauliflower Rice

    • paleoinpdx January 13, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you! It is wonderful šŸ˜‰

  1. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy January 13, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    This sounds delish! I’m going to try it out ASAP. I made cauliflower pizza crust recently — Cauliflower is my new obsession.

    • paleoinpdx January 13, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      I love cauliflower a lot too! I made a crust with it once and really enjoyed it. It took a bit of time though because of prepping the cauliflower and squeezing the water out before mixing it with the other ingredients to make the “dough” (some people don’t do the draining part though). When I have time, I’ll have to make it again though! I also love mashed cauliflower with lots of butter šŸ™‚

  2. Naz (@CinnamonEats) January 14, 2014 / 9:06 am

    Alisa I’m just getting caught up with your blog posts and I love this recipe! Funnily enough just before I left for Australia I made a cauliflower rice, lamb meatball dish and added lemon zest on top. I love how lemon brings out the flavours in everything else! Will be trying your ‘rice’ out for sure šŸ™‚

    • paleoinpdx January 15, 2014 / 10:35 am

      That sounds delicious! Lamb meatballs would be great with this šŸ™‚

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) January 16, 2014 / 11:07 am

        Yes! šŸ™‚

  3. Laurie January 20, 2014 / 11:13 am

    This sounds awesome. I love roasted cauliflower, so this will be great.

  4. grokgrub May 7, 2015 / 1:03 am

    Why didn’t I think of this? Cauliflower and lemon!

  5. Candy September 7, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Added chopped parsley. Wonderful, even leftover the next day at room temp.

    • paleoinpdx September 7, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      Good idea with the chopped parsley! Parsley tastes really good with lemon!

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