Keto cauliflower risotto on a wooden spoon.

Keto Cauliflower Risotto

This easy recipe for Keto Cauliflower Risotto makes a creamy herb low-carb risotto with hints of garlic, lemon, and thyme. This risotto makes an excellent side dish for those on ketogenic, Atkins, grain-free, or Banting diets. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, French, keto, low-carb
Keyword cauliflower risotto, creamy cauliflower risotto, keto risotto, keto side dish, keto vegetable, low carb cauliflower risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 210 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 medium shallot peeled and minced (a tablespoon of minced onion may be substituted)
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen riced cauliflower
  • sea salt to taste (I used about 1/2 teaspoon* total)
  • black pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon*)
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves


  1. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the shallot. Cook the shallot, stirring frequently, untill the edges begin to brown.

    Cooking the shallots in a pan.
  2. Stir the frozen riced cauliflower into the cooked shallots. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook the cauliflower, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is crisp-tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, while stirring.

    Cooking cauliflower risotto in a pan.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice. Cook, stirring frequently, until the lemon juice is almost completely evaporated. While stirring the vegetables, stream in about 1/2 cup of the heavy whipping cream.

    Adding cream to the cauliflower risotto in the pan.
  4. When the risotto becomes creamy, stream in the remainder of the cream while continuing to stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until the risotto reaches the desired consisitency. Stir in the thyme and the lemon zest.

    Adding the thyme and the lemon to the pan.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning. Optional: Garnish with additional thyme and/or lemon zest.

    Cauliflower risotto garnished with thyme and lemon.

Recipe Notes

*This amount is included in the nutritional information.

Nutrition Facts
Keto Cauliflower Risotto
Amount Per Serving (3 ounces)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1%0%
Vitamin C 3%4%
Calcium 33%3%
Iron 1%6%
Net Carbs 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.