Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

A low carb side dish recipe from I Breathe Im HungryAm I the only one who has been INSANELY busy these last few weeks? I feel like between taxes, the Spring Ezine, business deadlines, and regular life stuff, I haven’t had a second to spare! Meanwhile it feels like forever since I’ve been in a normal routine of posting a few new recipes a week here on the blog. I’ve missed it!

That being said, we’re heading to CT next week for a funeral, then back home for a week or so, then headed to Miami for the Blogher Food Conference (which I’m super excited about), and finally a few extra days in Florida to do the Legoland/Universal parks thing with Hungry Jr.  Whew!  I’m tired just typing all of that!

So while I’ll do my best to keep posting new recipes in between all the traveling, I probably won’t get back into a “normal” routine until late in May (I hope.)

In other news, I’ve been dairy free for about a week now and I’m down 3 lbs. That may not seem like much, but since my weight was pretty much at a standstill even at below 20g net carbs and around 1800 calories a day, I’m happy to be moving in the right direction again!

I’ve also started drinking my coffee black (I know, I can’t believe it either!) and while it’s not my favorite way to drink it, I really don’t hate it! I figure it will save me around 400 calories (or more, yikes!) per day, which should add up to a few additional pounds lost per month over time.

Since so many of you have requested it (and it’s how I’m currently eating) I’m going to be posting a bunch of keto friendly recipes that are also dairy free in the next few weeks. In addition, I’m going to be posting some of my favorite staple meals that are fairly simple, and that I eat often in my regular life.

Because no, even I don’t live off of Bacon and Smoked Gouda Cauliflower Mash and Grassfed Ribeyes with Sundried Tomato Butter all the time! Let’s face it – Ain’t nobody got time (or money) for that every day!

To start us off I’m posting this easy and REALLY tasty Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe. I love it because the coconut makes it creamy and luscious – that way it doesn’t just feel like you’re eating chopped cauliflower. The lime adds a nice tang, and the cilantro a bright freshness that keeps you coming back for more. While not sticky like rice, it has fantastic flavor and a pleasant texture.

A low carb and keto friendly side dish recipe from Mellissa Sevigny

This cauliflower rice recipe is good on it’s own, but will be best paired with Indian or Asian flavors. The General Tso’s Meatballs, Pork Vindaloo Meatballs, Thai Red Curry Meatballs, etc. would all be great choices.

I ate this “rice” with a sublime Slow Cooker Beef Curry that I made last week – I’ll be posting that recipe in the next day or two as well. These two recipes in combination are one of the most satisfying keto meals I’ve had in weeks! You guys are going to love it!

Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 2 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

A flavorful low carb and keto friendly rice substitute made with chopped cauliflower.


  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lime zest


  • Combine the chopped cauliflower, coconut milk powder, coconut oil, and water in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 7 minutes. Stir and test the consistency - if too hard cook it for another minute or two. Stir in the cilantro and lime zest before serving.


Approximate nutrition info per serving: 214 calories, 18g fat, 4g net carbs, 3g protein

A dairy free side dish recipe from I Breathe Im Hungry
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  1. Eric says

    The coconut milk powder contains Maltodextrin, which makes me nervous. Could you omit the coconut milk powder, coconut oil, and water, and just use canned coconut cream?

    • says

      Probably Eric, but I didn’t have any on hand so I used the dried stuff. I love the powder because I rarely use an entire can of coconut cream so it goes bad – this I can keep around forever. Also it has a very concentrated flavor – especially in combination with the coconut oil that gives it a luscious creamy coconut flavor that I don’t think you’ll get with just the coconut cream. Let me know if you try it that way though and how it comes out!

      • Eggbert says

        I didn’t have the powder, so went with 3tbsp of coconut milk, and 2 of coconut oil, and it came out great.
        The coconut flavour was subtle, but so is nasi lemak – the malaysian coconut milk rice dish.

        I really enjoyed it.

  2. Dave N says

    Eric beat me to it, but it wasn’t the maltodextrin that prompted me to ask: why not just use coconut milk/cream instead of the powder and water?

    • says

      I think you probably can Dave, but I don’t think it will have as strong of a coconut flavor or creaminess as the combo of the powder and coconut oil. But it will still be good and if it’s what you have then go for it. I recommend trying the powder if you can find it sometime though – it won’t go bad, and adds great flavor without extra liquid to coffee, sauces, curries, smoothies, etc. I’m loving it and use it all the time now!

  3. Olga says

    Hi! Sounds delish! I really try to avoid using a microwave, any suggestions on how to make this on the stove or in the oven? Thank you!

  4. Karen Johansen says

    Melissa another wonderful post that your web site is not letting us post to Pinterest. Hopefully your webmaster will take care of this soon on all your upcoming recipes. Love your work!

  5. Jeanne Collins says

    Olga beat me to it! I threw out my microwave months ago when I learned it changes nutrients at a cellular level.

  6. Avocado says

    I tried this with coconut milk powder and oil and it is absolutely awesome. Thank you so much, Melissa x

  7. Simon S. says

    Recently saw coconut milk powder as a new item at our local asian market, so I’m happy to see another application like this. I also rarely am able to use up a full can of coconut milk (or cream), so I find the powder convenient and more efficient.

    As to the health (and other) issues involving microwave usage, this article should put help to put our minds at ease:

  8. Janet says

    Can you use coconut powder instead? I’m unable to find coconut milk powder where I live, and the Asian grocery store told me this was the same thing as coconut milk powder, so I bought it. But now I think it is not the same thing. I’m not sure what else to use it for.


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