Herbed Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Coriander and Grilled Zucchini

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This delicious herbed roasted cauliflower rice with coriander and grilled zucchini is perfect as a summer side dish for grilled meat and seafood. The preparation is simple, you pulse cauliflower florets in your food processor, then roast the cauliflower rice with olive oil, ground coriander and salt in the oven. Scroll down for step-by-step photos on how to make roasted cauliflower rice.

herbed roasted cauliflower rice with coriander and grilled zucchini

Grilling season is almost here – yay! I love grilled meat and seafood and one of my favorite side dishes for anything grilled is roasted cauliflower rice. Have you made cauliflower rice? It tastes really wonderful, has a texture very similar to actual rice but is much less dry. It’s also very easy to prepare.

How to make roasted cauliflower rice:

You start by briefly pulsing cauliflower florets in your food processor until they have the consistency of actual rice. Then you toss the cauliflower “rice” with olive oil, ground coriander and salt, spread it out on a baking sheet and roast it for about ten minutes.

how to make roasted cauliflower rice step by step

For the recipe here you mix the rice with grilled zucchini for extra texture and a bit of smokiness and then stir in lemon juice and fresh mint and cilantro for summery freshness.

It’s a wonderful side dish that you can serve warm or cold.

If you like, you can also sprinkle a few chopped raisins in for a little sweetness.

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herbed roasted cauliflower rice with coriander and grilled zucchini
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Herbed Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Coriander and Grilled Zucchini

This delicious herbed roasted cauliflower rice with coriander and grilled zucchini is perfect as a summer side dish for grilled meat and seafood. The preparation is simple, you pulse cauliflower florets in your food processor, then roast the cauliflower rice with olive oil, ground coriander and salt in the oven.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower rice, roasted cauliflower rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 120kcal

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped raisins, optional

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut the individual florets off the cauliflower and cut larger ones in half so that they are all approximately the same size.
  • Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower florets in the food processor until they have the consistency of rice.
  • Toss the cauliflower with the oil, the coriander and the salt and spread onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast for 10 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is in the oven, thinly slice the zucchini and grill on a grill or on a grill pan.
  • Toss the cauliflower rice with the grilled zucchini, the lemon juice and the herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • If you're adding raisins, mix them in.
  • Serve warm as a side dish or cold as a side salad for grilled meat and seafood.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal

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35 comments

  1. Szoki says:

    Absolutely amazing!!! I had to sub roasted pine nuts for the raisins, because I eat low carb and raisins are definitely NOT low carb. I also doubled the cilantro, because you can never have too much cilantro, right? . And I used Costco’s organic frozen riced cauliflower too. I may try it with stevia-infused dried cranberries next time. Anyhooo, this is most definitely off the charts with the amazing, complex taste. Wow!

    Thank you so much for posting this, Nicole. Without a doubt, a top-top level fave for me..

    And, from one photog to another, your photos are beautiful! I really did think you shot this one outdoors towards sunset.

    • Nicole Branan says:

      Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment, Szoki, I really appreciate it! You made my day. :)

  2. MagB says:

    I made this with some very minor tweaks and it was delicious. I had it on it’s own but I think it would be excellent with some grilled fish.

  3. Winnie says:

    For those who don’t want to make their own, Trader Joe’s sells bags of cauliflower rice in their produce aisle..I love the combination of herbs you’ve used.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Angela! I always love the first days of summer, so much fun. We’re not quite there yet up here but soon. :)

  4. Traci | Vanilla And Bean says:

    I’ve yet to try cauli rice, Nicole, but just bought a few beautiful heads for this very purpose. I love the flavors you’ve assembled here and the texture looks perfect. Thank you for your notes, too, on your photography. I always learn something new! :D

  5. Wendi Spraker says:

    Not only is the beautiful and fresh but I am betting delicious! I loved roasted cauliflower, but I never thought to “rice” it. Great idea. I’m a huge fan of “Braggs” (like soy sauce – only better) on rice and I am sitting here drooling wondering just how delicious that would be on some cauliflower rice! Your recipe looks delicious – I too haven’t really used Coriander. Might be time to give it a try!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Wendi! I’ve never heard of Braggs, have to check it out, better than soy sauce sounds pretty amazing! Definitely give coriander a try, it’s so versatile. Enjoy your weekend! :)

  6. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    I love the story and it fits perfectly with the cauliflower rice. I’ve not made it yet but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve noticed that you use coriander, often. I have it in the spice cabinet but I’m afraid I’m going to have to toss it — I bet we are way past the expiration date. And mint screams summer as well as the shaved zucchini. I’ve pinned so I can make this when we get home — don’t have a processor here. Have great week.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Marisa! I do like coriander a lot, it’s one of my favorite spices, it has such a unique taste and it goes with so many dishes, I find. I’ve actually gotten questions about how to make cauliflower rice without a food processor and I was going to try grating it, I’ll let you know how that works out. :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Julia! I only recently started making cauliflower rice but I immediately loved it. The bowl and the spoon are two real prop treasures that I am lucky to have found indeed. :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      I think you’ll love it, Mary Ann! I liked the herbs in here too, especially the mint, it makes everything taste like summer. :)

  7. Leslie | Bessie Bakes says:

    Hi Nicole, I saw this recipe on Foodgawker’s front page because my recipe was right next to yours! I love cauliflower so much that I’ve had it twice this week already, one as a “risotto” and the other was roasted. I agree that roasting brings such great flavor to cauliflower, so I will definitely add this to my new cauliflower recipes to try! Beautiful job.

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