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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2011

Cilantro Lime Rice

Many restaurants now have versions of this recipe, notably Chipotle and Wahoo's. It's a simple, flavorful, healthy, and vegan way to add a little zip to rice. I love rice, but to be honest plain rice gets old fast and is kind of boring so this is an easy recipe to add a little variety in your menu and goes great with mexican and thai food. Remember when cooking any rice dish the ratio of liquid to rice is 2:1.

Items Needed:

2 cups of water or broth, like a chicken broth. I prefer water as to not hide the lime or cilantro taste but if you use broth you might want to cut back on the amount of salt.

1 cup of rice, long grain white rice or basmati work well. I prefer basmati and its fairly easy to find nowadays but you could substitute brown rice if you prefer.

1 Lime, since you are mostly using the lime just for the juice, in a pinch you could substitute a condensed lime juice, but I like to add a little zest and think fresh lime juice is better.

1/2 tsp. of salt, again you can adjust the amount for personal taste. I find people's preferance for salt levels varies greatly.

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro (chopped). I love cilantro so I add a bit more but adjust for personal taste. Once the store was out of fresh cilantro so I used a "fresh" cilantro paste and it was horrible so please use fresh cilantro, a bunch usually runs a dollar or two. Also, chop fine.

1 tbsp. of vegetable oil or quarter stick of butter. I like vegetable oil, but butter or margarine works too. Only need enough oil to coat the bottom of pan. Be careful, too much oil and it can turn out a bit greasy and heavy when done.




1. In a saucepan heat oil or butter on medium heat.

2. Once butter melted or oil heated add rice. Sautee for a couple of minutes until rice becomes a little translucent.

3. Add water or broth and salt to saucepan. Bring to a boil.

4. Once it starts to boil turn down to low heat until its only simmering. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat.

5. For fluffy rice let the rice rest covered for about 30 minutes. This allows the rice to "steam". It is worth the wait, but if you are in a rush you can skip this step.

6. In a different bowl or in the same saucepan, pour juice from the lime over rice. I like to add a little lime zest as well but some don't care for zest so this again is a personal choice. Add finely chopped cilantro as well. Then fluff with fork making sure to distribute lime and cilantro as evenly as possible. I like to taste at this point and possibly add a bit more lime juice or salt. I have found it is better to under season because you can always add more to taste.

7. Serve and enjoy. You can also served chilled but i usually prefer it warm.

I hope you like this simple easy recipe. One of the things I enjoy most about cooking is to playing with recipes and creating my own take on a recipe, For instance, you can add pineapple tidbits to sweeten it up or some chiles or peppers to spice it up. If you come up with any other variations or have any questions please leave a comment.



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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      I will be making this. Thanks!