Cauli-Rice in the Instant Pot: Basic or Cilantro Lime Flavors

  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: side dish



  1. Wash cauliflower and trim off the leaves. Usually this means you’ll chop it into a few large pieces.
  2. Put all the pieces into the steamer insert in an Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker).
  3. Pour one cup water under the cauliflower and steamer basket.
  4. Close and lock the lid. Make sure the valve is closed.
  5. Set on manual for one minute. (It will take about 10 minutes to get up to pressure.)
  6. After the cook timer beeps, open the valve to quick-release the pressure. (This takes about 2 minutes.)
  7. Remove the cauliflower to a plate.
  8. Pour out the water in the pot.
  9. Return the pot to the cooker and press cancel, then the saute button.
  10. Add the oil to the pot, then the cooked cauliflower.
  11. Break up with a potato masher.
  12. Add desired spices while stirring and heating. Salt (Use the code kitchenstewardship for 15% off of your first purchase) and parsley makes a pretty basic cauli rice ready for any saucy dish on top.
  13. Use the optional spices and serve with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for a delicious “cilantro lime” version, or try your own! You can shake a few seasonings in, taste it, and keep trying things.You CAN make Paleo cauli-rice, the grain-free side dish substitute, with your Instant Pot pressure cooker! Less chopping, NO food processor, and simple ingredients.
  14. Serve warm with any main dish. (Be sure to turn the saute function off once the seasonings are mixed through and you’ve toasted the cauli rice a bit. You don’t want it to burn and there’s no “low” on an Instant Pot!)


Caulirice Nutrition Info


  • Serving Size: 1/4 head
  • Calories: 66
  • Sugar: .5g
  • Sodium: 155g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.3g
  • Fiber: .5g
  • Protein: .5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg