Cilantro Lime Rice

If you have ever eaten at Chipotle, then there is no doubt you share my love for Cilantro Lime Rice. The tangy lime infused basmati rice whisks you away to a magical place and before you know it you have eaten spoonfuls upon spoonfuls of rice (or is that only me…).

Until recently, when I discovered my new green rice recipe, this Cilantro Lime Rice was being cooked up in my kitchen all the time. Traditional Spanish Rice has never been a favorite of mine, but I always felt the need to serve rice and beans whenever I would make a Mexican meal. So this recipe was a perfect alternative.

After my unexpected dinner last night, I had to come up with a few side dishes on the fly, and I was excited to revisit this recipe. It was a perfect complement to the zesty Blood Orange Salsa, and worked well to soak up the extra juices from the fruit.


1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter

2 teaspoons fresh cilantro

2/3 cup white basmati rice

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

Juice from 1 lime


1. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil or butter over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.

2. Add rice and lime juice, stir for 1 minute.

3. Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil.

4. At boiling, cover, turn down to simmer over low heat until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

5. Add in cilantro and fluff rice with a fork.

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The only downfall of this recipe is that it doesn’t make much. So I usually double it, especially when we have company. But for last nights meal one round was just enough.

So if you are looking for a side dish that is bright and fresh and will bring some pizzazz to your plate, give this Cilantro Lime Rice recipe a try. It’s a small bite of fiesta :)

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