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:

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54 responses to “Paleo Dirty Rice”

  1. Elana I am so impressed with your amazing energy. I appreciate that you share your recipes, they are so healthy. I feel healthy body and soul! Thank you.

  2. The dirty rice dish is delicious. First time we tried it and all was eaten even by picky teenage girls.

  3. I used number 4 on my vitamin to make it the right consistency… I put some away, and some of it I mixed with scrambled eggs and added salsa and eggs.

  4. Ok I’ve never been in love with cauliflower but am trying to force myself to eat it. Made this with purple cauliflower, didn’t have celery or scallions but this still came out really good! I def think I added a little too much broth because it took forever to cook down (and is a tad mushy) but the flavor is nice. Cauliflower is growing on me! Thanks!

  5. This was delicious – my husband was doubtful, but it is now his favorite side dish. Even our 8 year old loved it. Very flavorful and easy. Thanks!

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