Lime Pepper Salmon and Sauteed Cauliflower “Rice”

We had been talking about posting a meal including salmon for a while, but for one reason or another, we hadn’t gotten around to making it yet. This was a little surprising, being that we both absolutely love salmon. So, after weeks of whining to Bill that I was craving salmon, we finally decided to grab it for dinner one night and prepare it for the Blog. We typically will prepare it with Hayley’s Famous Marinade, but for this dish, we created something a little more simple, and a little faster to put together. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and the juice of one fresh lime. Couldn’t be easier than that, right?

For a side dish, we made another favorite of ours that we hadn’t gotten around to yet. (Our apologies to my Aunt Justine. She has been begging us to post this recipe since we started the Blog.) So sorry Aunt Justi, it’s finally here! This cauliflower “rice” is extremely simple to make and tastes absolutely amazing. We call it “rice”, but the consistency is a little more like couscous, you would never guess that it is actually cauliflower. This side dish is fantastic with shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, tuna, white fish, or with other sauteed vegetables. The recipe we are presenting to you, is how we typically cook our cauliflower “rice”, but get creative and make your own favorite rice dish with cauliflower as your medium. We would love to hear other ideas on how to prepare this dish!
For the Salmon
  • Wild Salmon fillet. (for information on why it’s best to chose wild over farm raised please click here.)
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 to 1 whole tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (enough to lightly coat the salmon)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Rinse salmon under cold water, and pat dry.
  3. Lightly rub salmon with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Broil salmon (on a broiler pan) at 400° for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and squeeze the juice of one lime over the salmon.

For the Cauliflower “Rice”
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower (this makes a lot)
  • 1/2 of a vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Wash cauliflower under cold water and let dry, or pat with a towel to remove moisture.
  2. Remove the stems, and place florets in a food processor or high speed blender.

  3. Pulse the florets until you have created a couscous-type consistency. (Another way to create this is to use a cheese grater and grate the cauliflower.)

  4. Place in a microwave safe dish and cover, but do not seal the lid.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds, and stop to stir half way (do not over-cook the cauliflower or add liquid to it. This will turn it to mush).
  6. While cauliflower is in the microwave, spray frying pan with cooking spray and saute chopped onion and minced garlic.
  7. Once onion is tender, add in the grated cauliflower.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil, salt, and pepper, and saute until you have reached your preferred “done-ness”. This typically only takes a few minutes, and it helps to taste the cauliflower. You want it to have that couscous-like consistency (not mushy).
For the eats:

Plate the cauliflower “rice” and salmon and dig in! This dish was absolutely amazing. The salmon had a warm buttery flavor with the slightest hint of lime. The cauliflower “rice” was a delicious addition to the salmon, with its peppery garlic flavor, a hint of coconut oil, and chopped onion for added texture. Try this meal on your own, or surprise a dinner guest with the faux rice. They are sure to be in awe of your creative cooking abilities!

As always, enjoy!

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    1. August 17, 2010

      Oh I wish you made that for me for dinner tonight, it looks awesome!

    2. August 18, 2010

      Thanks GiGi!

      It was amazing, we highly recommend you try it. It is really simple to make. Keep following, and enjoy!


    3. August 27, 2010

      I made this for dinner tonight – delicious! Love the creative way to replace rice – would have never thought of that!

    4. August 29, 2010

      The 'rice' is so simple! I used the food processor and it took no time at all. I added some fine cumin and ate it as a side dish tonight with a little coconut aminos mixed in. yummmmmm. I think your blog will become my food bible when I move into my new place 🙂

    5. September 28, 2010

      And if you have no microwave? Could you cook it in the toaster oven or on the stove and get it to the right consistency?

    6. October 21, 2010

      Hi Heather,

      Sorry for the late response. We actually have stopped using our microwave to pre-cook the cauliflower. It works just as well to throw the raw cauliflower in the frying pan and saute it as is. Just taste test it to make sure it cooks to the consistency that you prefer.

      -Hayley & Bill

    7. February 27, 2011

      I made the cauliflower rice with salmon and shrimp and my kids were even calling it rice 😉 It was a huge hit…delicious! I love your blog …the recipes are so yummy!

    8. March 2, 2011

      @Liesl Anne- Thank you for the kind words! Cauliflower rice is so delicious. Endless flavor options, and perfect to pair with fish, beef, or chicken. So glad you and your kids enjoyed it! We love hearing that our recipes pass the "kid test" 🙂

    9. March 5, 2011

      very creative! I usually make Cauliflower "mashed potatoes" but never thought to do rice.

    10. April 12, 2011

      We loved it!!! Simple (little messy :})and soooooo tasty! Both the kids 10 & 1 loved it. Will be a weekly dish for us for sure. Thanx, Kevin

    11. April 13, 2011

      So glad to hear! Cauliflower rice is definitely messy, that's the only bummer. We are really into mashed cauliflower right now. It is delicious as well. Enjoy!

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