Coconut Cauli Rice Pilaf

Coconut Cauli Rice Pilaf is a flavorful side dish – low in carbs and high in nutrients. Try it next to fish, or teriyaki chicken!

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Let’s be honest.  Cauliflower rice isn’t really rice, and not everybody loves it.  (Ahem.  🙋🏼‍♀️)  However, it can be useful.  I wanted to create a cauli rice that I might actually want to eat.  I did it!  The picky teenager (who is becoming less so) actually ate it!

Anyway.  This recipe is super easy, quick, and uses readily available ingredients.  Save yourself some time and use pre-riced cauliflower.  (I recommend raw, not frozen.)  You can chunk up your own in a food processor, but if you’re like me, you need something of your AIP cooking to be easy and fast!  Get the pre-done stuff.

Coconut Cauli Rice Pilaf would be fantastic with last week’s Picadillo

or as a side for Salmon w/Orange Maple Glaze

or with Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

or maybe even next to AIP Marinated Flank Steak!

Before I get to the recipe, I have something special and fun to share with you.  I made a tongue-in-cheek video with 9 other AIP bloggers to illustrate the AIP life.  If you need a little levity in your life – and who doesn’t? – check it out!

Happy April!



Coconut Cauli Rice Pilaf

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – Course: SidesCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Easy

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Coconut Cauli Rice Pilaf is a flavorful side dish to go with just about anything – low in carbs and high in nutrients!


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 3 cups riced, raw cauliflower* (See recipe notes.)

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk void of additives (like Savoy
    or AROY-D)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste


  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the coconut oil.
  • Add onions, and sauté until translucent, about three minutes.
  • Add riced cauliflower, and sauté another three minutes.
  • Turn heat down to low.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Heat through, and serve!


  • * You can often find raw, riced cauliflower in the produce section of your grocery store. To rice your own cauliflower, remove any green leaves.  Cut off the stalk.  Cut cauliflower into chunks about 2”.  Place them in a food processor with no liquid, or anything else.  Pulse until it just resembles rice, taking care not to process too long.

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  1. Looks yummy! I loved the video! You guys are so funny and we all appreciate the work you do so we can be healthy and eat delicious food!

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  3. Hi, I made it and hubby was no way (he doesn’t like coconut) so I did it again using olive oil to saute the cauliflower. Then added more olive oil and used the other ingredients. He liked it!! So thanks for recipe. I am new to aip but trying to make it work for us.

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