Paleo Dirty Rice

Did you know that you can use cauliflower as a substitute for rice? This Paleo Dirty Rice recipe is made with low-carb cauliflower. For those avoiding starchy high-carb foods such as white rice, cauliflower rice is a wonderful alternative that is highly nutritious.

What are the health benefits of cauliflower? Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These substances help detoxify the body. Cauliflower is also full of vitamin C, vitmain K, Omega 3’s, and good fiber. Because it is both nutritious and low-carb, cauliflower is a great food if you are on a keto diet. For more low-carb recipes see my Ketogenic Diet Recipes page.

Over here? We just can’t get enough cauliflower. Even my children like  Paleo Dirty Rice. We had this spicy paleo side dish with the Turkey Loaf recipe from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, and the boys and their friends loved both dishes!

Paleo Dirty Rice

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Servings 4



  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 9 inch skillet
  • Add garlic, onion, celery, peppers, and scallions and sauté until soft
  • Stir in riced cauliflower, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper, chili, and cumin
  • Add chicken stock
  • Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently for 30 minutes or until liquid is cooked down
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
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After I created my Paleo Cauliflower Rice recipe last year, I received many requests for flavored paleo rice recipes. When I saw that Paleo Comfort Foods had a recipe for Dirty Rice, I knew I’d have to make my own version. This dish is based on theirs.

Here are some of my other low-carb recipes that use cauliflower:

I appreciate that you share your recipes, they are so healthy. I feel healthy body and soul!


54 responses to “Paleo Dirty Rice”

  1. I’m really excited to try this. Making healthy changes in my eating. Going completely Paleo almost impossible due to my daughter’s coconut allergy and the fact that a TON of Paleo recipes use coconut or coconut derivatives (ie. Coconut sugar, coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut oil, etc), and trying to make substitutions for all of it is exhausting. But, this one is definitely doable.

    Oh…and just a little tidbit of information…One piece of celery is a rib. A stalk is the entire bunch. When writing a recipe fornothers to use, i feel it’s important to use the correct terminology. Okay…that sounds snotty…lol. But it’s not meant that way. Sorry…I need coffee. Lol.

  2. Tried this last week and loved it! My picky children didn’t like it as much as my husband and I but they will just have to learn to love it because we will be having this again soon and often!

  3. Hi Elana,
    I tried your dirty rice recipe today for Thanksgiving because I wanted to do something resembling dressing but can’t have any kind of grain. I followed your recipe loosely and then seasoned it up like the dressing my family has cooked for years. Not only was it divine, even the texture was remarkably similar to real cornbread dressing. I was thrilled!!! My family raved about it too. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. How do you “rice” the cauliflower? I have a smaller (large) food processor with pulse and on….do you blanch the cauliflower prior to “ricing” it?

  5. Love this recipe. Made it and the family raved!
    It doesn’t say. But do you put a lid on it while it’s simmering?

  6. Very interesting receipes i like it i am having fun with new receipes and enjoying and losing weight at the same time… :-) thanks

    Diana Esqueda

  7. I’ve made this recipe 5 or 6 times now. I have served it with chicken and shrimp or just served it by itself. It is DELICIOUS and completely fool proof. Thank you!

  8. I was surprised by this recipe! My husband and I both liked it quite a bit, and he is a professed cauliflower hater.

    The texture of mine very much resembled couscous (perhaps I pulsed the cauliflower in the food processor a bit too much) and I made a couple substitutions based on what I had on hand (oregano instead of thyme, red and yellow bell peppers instead of green) but I thought the flavor was quite nice. I really would not call it a substitute for rice — the flavor of the cauliflower is mild and works well with the spices, but it is still cauliflower — but that being said it is a delicious cauliflower dish, and could easily be adapted for many other spices and flavors.

    Thank you, Elena!

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