Cilantro Lime Rice

This recipe is an easy side dish that’s easy to make at home.

Homemade cilantro lime rice needs few ingredients and is packed with flavor.

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Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Rice  

This Chipotle copycat cilantro lime rice is packed with fresh flavor.

Rice – Basmati and long-grain white rice are our first choices as they have less starch and the grains stay separated. You can use other types of rice including brown rice or cauliflower rice.

Cilantro – Cilantro adds freshness to this recipe.

Lime – Lime is one of the main flavors of this dish so I highly recommend fresh lime juice. Bottled lime juice will work but the flavor can be bitter compared to fresh juice.

Variations – Add a can of drained black beans to cilantro rice and some grilled veggies to make a vegetarian burrito to enjoy on the go! Switch out the rice for cauliflower rice for all the flavor with none of the carbs!

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How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Rinse and drain the rice and cook per the recipe below.
  2. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes, fluff with a fork, and stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt.
  3. Garnish with slices of lime and serve hot.

Fresh flavor! Lime cilantro rice adds fresh, citrus flavor to chicken burrito bowls, taco salads, or quesadillas and shrimp tacos.

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Make Ahead?

Make a batch (or two!) of cilantro lime rice up to a day ahead. Keep one batch in the refrigerator and freeze the rest in quart-sized zippered bags

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice gives white rice a zesty upgrade. Chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice are mixed with fluffy white rice to complement any Mexican meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes minutes

Resting time 5 minutes minutes

Total Time 25 minutes minutes

Author Spend With Pennies AO

a saucepan

  • Rinse rice and drain well.

  • Bring rice, bay leaf, water and salt to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.

  • Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  • Stir in lime juice, cilantro and salt to taste. Serve.

If using long-grain white rice, it will come out fluffier if it is washed several times until the water runs clear to remove the surface starch.

Calories: 172 | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex Mex

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