Pina Colada Pork with Cauliflower Rice

This pork turned out SO WELL… I know things are good when my husband can’t even be bothered to take a break from slowly chewing with his eyes rolled back into his head to say, “this is good.” I had to actually stop him and ask him what he thought before he said, “a keeper” and then shoved another bite into his mouth.

The cauliflower rice is something that’s just SO COOL… whether you’re going grain-free or low-carb, trying to get in another serving of veggies, or trying to cut calories, subbing grated cauliflower for rice is a simple trick you can easily incorporate into your menu plans.

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

You’ll need 4 pork chops that are about 3/4 inch thick. The first thing you want to do is get those marinating in the juice of 1 lime plus the juice of an 80z can of crushed pineapple.

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

While that’s marinating, use your food processor or a box grater to make “rice” out of an entire head of cauliflower (which you’ve washed already).

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

The sauce for this meal is simple. Start with a cup of coconut milk with the juice of 1-2 limes squeezed in (I used 2 but I’m a lime lover).

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

Add the crushed pineapple…

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

A nice sprinkle of cayenne pepper and a bit of salt (not shown).

And heat this while you grill your pork chops 4-5 minutes on each side.

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

While the sauce is heating and the pork is grilling, heat a bit of coconut oil (or olive oil is fine if you don’t have coconut) in a pan…

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

…and use it to stir-fry enough cauliflower for the number of people you’re serving. I only made enough for 2 servings. When some pieces start to get a little browned, it’s good.

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

And I put the rest of it in a bag in the freezer. (I’ve since used some of the frozen “rice” and it’s just as good as new. No need to dedicate time to thawing it either… it thaws pretty instantly once it’s in the pan. Just beware of splattering oil.)

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

And…serve! This meal is not for the flavor-phobic. My mouth is actually watering right now just looking at the picture again… it may make its way onto next week’s menu for us. Mmm!

pina colada pork with cauliflower rice

To recap:

  • 4 pork chops 3/4 inch thick
  • marinate in juice of 1 lime
  • and juice of an 8 0z. can of crushed pineapple
  • grill 4-5 minutes each side
  • Sauce is 1 cup coconut milk
  • w/salt and cayenne pepper
  • juice of 2 limes
  • crushed pineapple
  • “rice” is grated cauliflower
  • stir-fried in 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or EVOO) until warm and browning a little

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18 Comments

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  2. Natalia
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 21:26:32

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I cooked it several times already and fell in love every time I made it!!!!!!!

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  3. Natalia
    Sep 26, 2010 @ 21:25:03

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I cooked it several times already and fell in love every time I made it!!!!!!!

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  4. Jen Lindemann
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 04:32:30

    This was a very delicious and flavorful dish! Thanks for sharing!

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    Apr 24, 2010 @ 08:37:46

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  6. PaminTexas
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 22:51:42

    This is a great recipe. I substituted almond milk for the coconut milk and added diced jalapeno – we like it a little spicy! The almond milk only has 60 calories per cup and the flavor is very good. I couldn't help myself and added chopped pineapple to the rice, too. This will be a regular in our house.

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  7. PaminTexas
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 15:51:42

    This is a great recipe. I substituted almond milk for the coconut milk and added diced jalapeno – we like it a little spicy! The almond milk only has 60 calories per cup and the flavor is very good. I couldn't help myself and added chopped pineapple to the rice, too. This will be a regular in our house.

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  8. Amy
    Mar 05, 2010 @ 18:02:31

    I made this for dinner tonight and my husband and I both loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  9. Denise_Paluzzi
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 14:12:15

    Wow I just have to say that my family and I loved this recipe. It was so yummy and very fast and easy to do. I added a bit of garlic powder to the cauliflower (we love garlic) just to give it a little kick. I am making it again for dinner tonight. It’s for sure a keeper, Thanks!!

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  10. JoyfulAbode
    Sep 25, 2009 @ 10:51:26

    I don't think pulsing would have the same texture – you're right. But grating with the food processor shredding blade is 10x cleaner and faster than it would be to use a box grater.

    You're welcome for sharing! See you around the 'net.

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  11. JoyfulAbode
    Sep 25, 2009 @ 10:42:32

    I can't believe you even tried the recipe, not liking either main ingredient!!! I'm so glad you did though, and that you enjoyed it!

    I guess now you like pork chops and cauliflower… but only prepared certain ways. :)

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  12. Laura DeMarco - CrossFit Rx
    Sep 24, 2009 @ 16:55:05

    I don't like pork chops and I'm not fond of cauliflower, but you managed to create a recipe that got me to clear my plate. I can't believe the pork chops came out so good and the cauliflower didn't taste like cauliflower! Thank you!

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  13. Mamatha
    Sep 21, 2009 @ 06:41:13

    This looks so good. Gosh, your cauliflower rice even looks like rice. I'm going to try an dgrate it this time instead of pulsing it in the food processor. Thanks for sharing this recipe – you'll always come up with such good ones.

    - maba

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  15. JoyfulAbode
    Sep 19, 2009 @ 11:23:36

    You're so welcome! I can't believe it took me so long to try it… it's really simple and makes a great side dish.

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  16. Kalyn
    Sep 19, 2009 @ 09:41:24

    Thanks for the great instructions for making cauliflower “rice.” This is something I've been meaning to make for a long time, just bookmarked!

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  17. JoyfulAbode
    Sep 18, 2009 @ 12:07:07

    I hope you like it!! I can't claim credit for the cauliflower “rice” idea (it's all over the internet… I don't know who “invented” it) but I sure am glad I tried it out. It's a keeper! Like my husband said. :)

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  18. Patty
    Sep 18, 2009 @ 11:35:35

    I never would have thought to make califlower into “rice”. So Smart!! I will be trying this one out-

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