Make this cilantro lime cauliflower rice quickly in your instant pot because it’s a great way of subbing white rice or brown rice. It’s the perfect low-carb and keto recipe that’s perfect for the whole family on busy weeknights.

Want to make cauliflower rice quickly and easily?

Do what I like to do!

Cook the entire cauliflower in the instant pot or pressure cooker.

This is the perfect recipe to make for busy nights. It will be the perfect side dish or main dish.

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Eat a whole plate of this cilantro lime cauliflower rice and not feel guilty!

Tips for making this Instant Pot cauliflower rice

  • For the perfect cauliflower, use smaller 2Lb ORGANIC cauliflower. Get a fresh cauliflower that weighs less than 3lb. Use the scale that grocery stores provide.
  • Remove as many of the green stalks as you can. The base may remain raw, if you keep too many stalks.
  • I set my Instant Pot setting to “steam” for 1 minute. Also, I changed the setting from “high pressure” to low pressure. If you have a cauliflower larger than 2.5 lbs, set it to 2 minutes.
  • To cook it evenly, place the whole fresh cauliflower in a container or (Affiliate Link) steamer basket before putting it in the inner container.
  • Instead of using hot oil in this recipe, I went with grass-fed butter over olive oil because the butter melts the cauliflower in your mouth. For the vegan option, you can try coconut oil.
  • Be sure to make it cool the cauliflower before chopping it into cauliflower florets.
  • Don’t make it too mushy in the food processor. I didn’t press the chop button for more than 3 times. The big chunks might need more processing.
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Can you make cauliflower rice in the Instant Pot? Yes, you can and it’s very easy.

Cauliflower rice is the new Basmati rice

For a long time, I have LOVED my Basmati rice! Most of the rice recipes on my blog have been made using basmati rice.

It’s the rice I grew up on and it’s the only rice in existence, as far as I am concerned!

But, a good thing happened last year. I went away from eating too much rice for health reasons. Even though it was good for my body, it was very very very hard to do! Rice runs in my blood!

Just like everyone else, I turned to cauliflower to help satisfy that intense rice craving! It was an easy shift to make because I was able to make most of my usual rice recipes using this wonderful vegetable.

Now, every time I have a rice craving, this perfect cauliflower rice takes the place of traditional rice. Trust me, it’s a great alternative.

If you like the traditional recipe, check out this cilantro lime rice in a rice cooker. It’s a very easy way of making a comforting rice dinner.

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Using butter instead of oil for the most buttery soft cilantro lime cauliflower rice

The health benefits of cauliflower

  • Low on the glycemic index.
  • It’s loaded with Antioxidant-fighting nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Manganese (Source: Live Science)
  • It contains many nutrients like Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and more. (Source: USDA)
  • It’s a cruciferous vegetable that helps fight cancer and gives you better heart health.
  • Cauliflower is high in choline, a huge helper for keeping the liver healthy.
  • Studies have shown that it helps support hormonal balance

Source: Live Science, USDA, BBC Good Food.

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Forget cilantro lime rice! Make this cilantro lime cauliflower rice instead

Answering Common Questions

Can I use the quick release to open the Instant Pot?

Ideally, you want to let the natural pressure release happen because the Instant Pot is still cooking the contents after the end of the cooking time. If you can’t wait, use the pressure valve to release the steam.

Can I use cauliflower florets instead of the whole cauliflower

My first try was using florets and it was a giant mushy cauliflower mess. So, I prefer cooking it whole.

Will my cauliflower get soggy?

If this is your first time making it, you may have used too much water. Don’t add more than 1 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.

What ingredients can be added to this cauliflower recipe?

Asparagus or Green beans.
Broccoli which is great for a low-carb diet
– Red bell pepper and chopped onions
Tofu and tempeh crumbles for a little protein
– Black beans
– Jalapeno or chili powder to add a little kick.
– Soy sauce
If you do not like making cilantro lime butter sauce, try cilantro lime crema instead. It’s going to make your cauliflower rice taste even better.

What can I use if I don’t have a food processor?

You can use a potato masher but be gentle with it. Or, grate big chunks on a box grater. For the processor, use the grater blade.

Freezing cauliflower rice

You can easily make frozen cauliflower rice for meal prep. Follow the recipe as described, but only cook the cauliflower rice. DO NOT add the grass-fed butter mixture.

Let the riced cauliflower cool down after you have food processed it. Then, put it in an airtight container and refrigerate. To freeze the rice, place it in ziploc or freezer-friendly containers. Label the date and use up within a short period of time.

To reheat, place the rice in a 30-second heated wok or skillet (stove top). Add the compound butter mixture and stir using a wooden spoon. Cook for 5 minutes or until all the ingredients are mixed well. This healthy meal is now ready to serve.

Alternatively, you can select sauté option on the Instant Pot and heat it that way.

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This Mexican cauliflower rice takes cauliflower to a whole new level.

Try these cauliflower recipes

Looking for easy meals or side dishes? Cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable.

I have roasted a whole cauliflower in the air fryer and it turned out so delicious. Or, make this cauliflower orzo dinner where the sauce is the hero of the recipe.

Want a more “meatier” cauliflower recipe? Use vegan sausage! Or, go the “fishy” route to make this vegan cauliflower sushi bowl.

Did you know that cauliflower makes for a delicious Pizza crust? If you are gluten sensitive you can still enjoy pizza. See how easy it is to make a vegan cauliflower pizza crust.

I have collected a few of my favorite cauliflower recipes and cilantro lime recipes in one place. Which one is your favorite?

Don’t like cauliflower? You can use fresh herbs like basil or make scallion butter.

Want to make more Instant Pot recipes? Try these and let me know your favorite vegetable recipes!

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A creamy, chunky potato soup is exactly what you need on a cold winter night! So easy to make in the Instant Pot!

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Cook frozen peas in the Instant Pot and you will be impressed by how plump they turn out.

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Did you know that you can easily make apple butter in the Instant Pot? It’s quick and easy.

P/S: The Instant Pot I use in this recipe is the (Affiliate Link) Duo Nova Mini 3 Quart version.

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Equipment needed to make it

  • Instant Pot (6qt)
  • Instant Pot safe container
  • Food processor
  • Knife to cut the cauliflower
Top view of a grey plate filled with the cauliflower rice arranged in a somewhat spiral design

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Quickly make cauliflower rice in your instant pot and add cilantro lime flavors to make the perfect keto dinner recipe. Can be made vegan friendly too.
5 from 60 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 100 kcal


  • Instant Pot (6qt)
  • Instant Pot safe container
  • Food Processor
  • Knife to cut the cauliflower


  • 1 cauliflower about 2 to 2.5lbs, 1 head
  • 4 Tbsp butter half a stick of grass-fed butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2.5 Tbsp lime juice about 3/4 of a lime
  • 1.5 tsp pink salt adjust to taste
  • 1.5 cup cilantro chopped, about 1/2 a bunch of cilantro


  • Cut the green stalks from the bottom of the cauliflower
  • Place the cauliflower head in an Instant Pot safe container
  • Put 1 cup of water in the inner container of the instant pot
  • Place the cauliflower container on top of the water
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot
  • Set the following settings on your instant pot: Choose the steam option, Set the time to 1 minute, Turn off "Keep Warm", Set the pressure to "Low"
  • Once the instant pot is done cooking, wait for the valve to drop.
  • Open the lid and remove the cauliflower.
  • Cut pieces of the steamed cauliflower so that they will fit in your food processor
  • Chop the cauliflower until the cauliflower is chopped but not mushed.
  • Wash your instant pot container, dry it and place it in the instant pot
  • Set the instant pot saute and then add the butter in it.
  • Gently transfer the cauliflower rice to the container
  • Add the garlic, lime juice and cilantro.
  • Mix well and cook for 2 minutes or until all the butter has completely melted
  • Now, it’s ready to serve.



  • I like working with smaller size of cauliflower. My cauliflower was about 2lbs. Try to keep your Cauliflower under 3 pounds.
  • Remove as many of the green stalks as you can. The base remains uncooked, if you keep to many stalks.
  • I set my Instant Pot setting to “steam” for 1 minute and put it on low pressure. If you have a cauliflower that is larger than 2.5lbs, set it to 2 minutes.
  • Use a container to place the cauliflower in before putting it in the Instant pot. It will cook the cauliflower more evenly.
  • Instead of using oil in this recipe, I went with grass fed butter and that made ALL the difference. Butter is so much better because it made the cauliflower practically melt in your mouth.
  • You can u se vegan butter too, but, I preferred using regular butter in this recipe because it doesn’t have any additional seed oils.
  • Once you have cooked your whole cauliflower, use your food processor to turn it into rice. It’s faster and easier than trying to cut it by hand.
  • Be sure to make it cool down first before chopping the cauliflower. It’s better for your food processor.
  • Don’t make it too mushy in the food processor. I didn’t press the chop button for more than 3 times. Eyeball it and see if it looks mushy or not. It will depend on your food processor.
  • You may have to put some of the large pieces back in the food processor to make them smaller.
  • Use as many organic ingredients as you can in this recipe.


Calories: 100kcal
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    1. Sorry to hear that it was overcooked. I timed it perfectly in my Instant Pot, so, I think size matters, lol. Maybe your cauliflower might have been smaller than mine? Either way, I am glad you liked it. 🙂

  1. So amazing to see this recipe, can’t believe you made cauliflower rice in the IP. Soon trying this recipe.

  2. Thanks for the great instant pot cilantro lime cauliflower rice recipe and good information. Count me in on the jalapeños. Yay for cauliflower!

  3. I made this recipe last night to go along with bbq pork tenderloin. It was delicious and easy to make. And the tip of cooking the cauliflower before chopping it was genius!

  4. Cauliflower rice in the Instant Pot! I’m blown away! I love cilantro rice so trying this recipe was a no-brainer. It turned out perfectly fluffy and flavorful and took hardly any time at all.

  5. Great recipe, the combination of cilantro and lime is just so good! We served this cauliflower rice with some grilled fish and it was so light and so tasty!