What’s Inside: This easy Spanish Cauliflower Rice features all the flavors you love about the classic carb-loaded side dish, but is packed with veggies and free of grains. It’s Paleo, Gluten-free, and Whole30- friendly with swaps to make it AIP as well. It’s a perfect side for any protein or your next Taco Tuesday!
What Is Spanish-Style Cauliflower Rice?
As a nutritionist, I’m always on the hunt for flavorful spins on crave-worthy foods that are gut-friendlyanddelicious. This Spanish Cauliflower rice recipe definitely fits the bill! I grew up eating this plain or with beans using good old-fashioned white rice which can be so great in moderation but to keep my sugar in check, I love making it low carb using cauliflower rice (you won’t tell the difference because of all the amazing flavors). This was a winner with my whole family, Puerto Rican or not!
Packed with veggies like cauliflower (obviously), carrots onion, and garlic, we well as spices like cumin and oregano, this Whole30 alternative to traditional Spanish-style rice is just as flavorful and won’t leave you feeling overly full or bloated.
On top of tasting good and being good for you, this Spanish Cauliflower Rice recipe only calls for a handful of fresh ingredients and a couple of pantry staples, and it all comes together in 15 minutes. You can’t beat that! Serve alongside your favorite Latin-inspired proteins like my Grilled Picanha Steak and Vegetables or my Easy Paleo Ground Chicken Taco Salad.
To make this easy Spanish Cauliflower Rice, you’ll need ghee (grass-fed butter or olive oil will also work), a yellow onion, garlic, cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen), shredded carrots, tomato paste, filtered water, cumin, oregano, sea salt, cilantro, and lime wedges.
Want to make this AIP-friendly? Use olive oil instead of ghee, sweet potato puree instead of tomato, as well as turmeric and fresh chopped cilantro in place of the cumin.
How To Make Spanish Cauliflower Rice
Sauté the Aromatics: Cook the chopped onion in one tablespoon of ghee over medium-low heat in a nonstick skillet until translucent. Then, add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
Cook the Cauliflower Rice: Next, stir in another tablespoon of ghee and add the cauliflower rice while still stirring until cauliflower rice is coated. Then stir in shredded carrots and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the Seasonings: To the skillet, add the filtered water, tomato paste, cumin, oregano and a pinch of salt. Stir well so tomato paste coats the veggies and no clumps remain. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 4 minutes or so until all veggies are soft. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
Serve: Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro or lime wedges, serve, and enjoy!
This easy Spanish Cauliflower Rice features all the flavors you love about the classic carb-loaded side dish, but is packed with veggies and free of grains. It's Paleo, Gluten-free, and Whole30- friendly with swaps to make it AIP as well. It's a perfect side for any protein or your next Taco Tuesday!
Optional garnish: Fresh cilantro and lime or lemon wedges
Over medium-low heat, saute onion in 1 Tbsp ghee until softened, approx. 3 minutes, then add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
Next, stir in another tablespoon of ghee and add the cauliflower rice while still stirring until cauliflower rice is coated.
Next, stir in shredded carrots and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add water, tomato paste, cumin, oregano and a pinch of salt. Stir well so tomato paste coats the veggies and no clumps remain. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 4 minutes or so until all veggies are soft. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
Optionally garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and lemon or lime wedges and serve!
To make this AIP, use olive oil in place of ghee, sweet potato puree instead of tomato, and use turmeric and fresh chopped cilantro in place of cumin.
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I love how flavorful this dish is! The cauliflower rice came out perfectly cooked and seasoned! Delicious!
I love this healthier version of Spanish rice! It was super flavorful and had great texture. We served it alongside tacos for taco night yesterday!
What a healthy, flavorful side dish! This year is my year to eat more healthy, so I’m glad that goal can include some tasty dishes like this one!
The tomato paste adds so much depth of flavor to this recipe. My family loved it so I’m adding it to my menu rotation!
Loved this version of cauliflower rice! Healthy, light and so flavorful; easily, a new favorite recipe!
Love cauliflower rice and these Spanish flavours go with so many dishes. Can’t wait to try it!
I love cauliflower rice, and I lOVE Spanish rice, so I know I have to try this recipe out. Looks so flavorful and delicious and your pictures are beautiful!
Totally in love with the flavors. I can’t wait to make this rice.
This is perfect for Taco Tuesday! My whole family loves it.
This is a good way to replace rice and have it low carb too! I’ll be sure to keep this recipe to feed my family more veggies!
This is really good! I love that this is healthy and really easy to make!
Spanish style cauliflower rice sounds amazing and easy to make!
I love this Spanish cauliflower rice. I’ve always found cauliflower rice bland but this recipe is so flavourful, thank you! It’s goes so well with so many meals.
What fantastic flavors in this cauliflower rice. My family is going to go crazy for this.
I LOVE Spanish rice and am so happy I found this healthy version of Spanish Cauliflower! This will also make my husband happy. I could eat just this for lunch right now.
Mmm this looks quite delicious!
What a great meal idea when you want to eat more veggies while also keeping it low on the carbs. I can totally understand the final flavour is so intense you would barely notice it’s cauliflower rice!
absolutely the idea!! hope you try and like it!
I love cauliflower rice for a low carb option and this looks delicious
I love cauliflower rice but I’ve not tried it Spanish style yet. This recipe looks so easy and tasty and perfect for the weather right now.
I have been making cauli rice for a while now but I had not tried Spanish seasonings! it was delicious!
YAY so happy to hear it.