This cilantro lime rice adds a bright and fresh taste to a variety of meals. Easy to make and will elevate just about any Mexican dish. It also makes a great base for your favorite rice bowls.
Whenever we make burritos, enchiladas or tacos the one thing I always make sure to add is a flavored rice of some kind. It is such a simple way to make a dish go from good to great!
This easy cilantro lime rice is full of so much fresh flavors and very simple to put prepare.
This recipe is perfect to accompany just about any taco recipe, or to use as a base for a good rice bowl. Make your own Chipotle burrito bowl right at home.
Lime and cilantro just go so well together and get used often in different salsas and sauces. My favorite salsas to make in the summer include a mango pineapple salsa and a fresh garden roasted tomatillo salsa.
Also, consider using a chicken or vegetable stock to boil the rice in rather than water. While not necessary, it does offer more flavor.
Fresh Cilantro and Lime: There is no substitute. Freshly squeezed limes and cilantro will give you the best flavor. Concentrate or dried will not turn out the same.
Chicken Stock: While just water can also be used, chicken stock just adds a bit more flavor to this rice. Consider also using vegetable stock.
Basmati or Jasmine: These are the two preferred rices to use with this dish. Long grain white rice will not turn out the same.
See recipe card for full ingredients and quantities.
Tips for making this Rice
- Toast the rice first. This step isn't necessary but it does make a difference and is really simple. Toasting the rice will help bring out the flavors and enhances the cook of the rice.
- Use fresh ingredients.
Using either basmati or jasmine rice, first rinse in a fine mesh strainer under cold water until it runs clear.
In a small pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and allow to warm up.
Dump in the rice, salt and cumin then toss to coat. Cook the rice, stiring often until it starts to turn golden brown. Incorporate the diced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Give the rice a good stir.
Once boiling, cover and reduce to low for 12 minutes.
Once rice is cooked all the way though, fluff with a fork and add in the fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro.
Stir to completely incorporate, place the lid back on and allow to sit for another 5-10 minutes. This will give the cilantro and lime time to infuse into the rice.
Serve warm in a taco, as a side or in your favorite burrito bowl.
What to Serve with this Rice
What goes with cilantro lime rice? All kinds of things!
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
- Shredded Chicken Tacos
- Mango Pineapple Salsa
- Burrito Bowls
- Grilled Fish
One great way to use this cilantro lime rice is in a burrito bowl similar to Chipotle. Use the rice as a base and add your favorite proteins, veggies, salsas and guacamole.
Different Ways to Make It
- Spicy - Add a dash or two of cayenne with the cumin to make it spicier.
- Lime Zest - To add even more of that fresh lime taste, add some lime zest into the broth before boiling.
Small Pot: Use at least a 1.5 qt pot when making this rice.
Citrus Press: The best and easiest way to squeeze a fresh lime is with a citrus press. Every kitchen should have a good citrus press.
How long will cilantro lime rice last? When kept in an airtight container, this rice will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze? Yes! This rice can easily be frozen in a freezer safe container, or ziplock bag and stored for a month.
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Cilantro Lime Rice
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Long Grain White Rice - Basmati or Jasmine, Rinsed in a fine mesh strainer
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 2 Cups Chicken Broth - Vegetable broth or water will also work
- ½ Cup Packed Cilantro leaves - Chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice - About 1 lime
- Start off with a small pot over medium heat.
- Add olive oil and allow to warm up.
- Add rice and toss with salt and cumin. Make sure the rice is covered in the oil.
- Allow to cook, stirring often until it starts to toast and turn a nice golden brown.
- Add in minced fresh garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Carefully add the chicken stock and give everything a good stir.
- Bring the stock to a boil, cover then lower to low heat.
- Cook covered for 12 minutes.
- Once the rice is fully cooked fluff with a fork.
- Add the cilantro and fresh lime juice then toss to combine.
- Place the lid back on and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm on a taco, as a side or make your favorite burrito bowl.
- Make it Vegan or Vegetarian - Substitute the chicken stock for a vegetable stock or just plain water.
- Spicy - Add a dash or two of cayenne, with the cumin to make it spicier.
- Lime Zest - To give even more of that fresh lime taste, add some lime zest into the broth.