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A small bowl with a pile of rice and fresh cilantro.
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5 from 3 votes

Cilantro Lime Rice

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. 
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Kristin



  • 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.
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.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1020mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 147IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg