Cilantro Lime Rice

A green serving bowl is filled with cilantro lime rice.

This tart yet flavorsome side dish of cilantro lime rice is a great side or component to a range of Mexican dishes. Pops of lime zest, juice, and fresh cilantro give this rice both color and flavor. If you’re looking for even more flavor, try swapping out the water with chicken stock.

The rice is cooked in a traditional method. It starts in oil before being steamed in a self-absorption style method. Various flavors are added through the stages. This method also minimizes the time over the heat source, making it possible to make with a single burner for a full meal.

This cooking process creates rich rice with grains that don’t stick to each other. Although traditionally used in Mexican dishes it also works well with curries originating from Asia. 

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This easy side dish of cilantro lime rice is packed with flavor.
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Rice is steamed with garlic and lime zest before being finished with lime juice and cilantro to create a flavorful side dish.
A green serving bowl is filled with cilantro lime rice.
A great side dish for Mexican dishes this easy to make cilantro lime is refreshing and complements many spicy dishes.

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

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A green serving bowl is filled with cilantro lime rice.
This tart yet flavorsome side dish of cilantro lime rice is a great side or component to a range of Mexican dishes.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseSide Dish
InfluenceMexico
DifficultyBeginner
MethodSteam

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup diced cilantro (coriander)

Equipment

  • lidded pot

Directions

  • Heat the pot over medium heat then add the oil, butter, and rice. Cook while stirring continuously until the oils are absorbed. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the water, salt, and lime zest then bring the water to a rolling boil. 
  • Cover the pot with the lid and boil for an additional 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit undisturbed for 15 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork then stir through the lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 413mgCalcium: 23mgVitamin C: 4mgVitamin A: 244IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 81mgCholesterol: 5mgCalories: 211kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 5gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 38gIron: 1mg

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