About Cilantro Lime Rice
When it comes to simple-yet-flavorful side dishes, this cilantro lime rice recipe has quickly become a staple in our house.
And though an old friend of mine and I may be a little biased (we’re big fans of rice to begin with) this side dish brings such a refreshing flavor that it’s hard to find a dish it doesn’t go well with.
This doesn’t just apply to Mexican cuisine, either (although it goes amazingly well with that). I’ve served this with American dishes covered in ranch and cheese, and even some teriyaki infused Asian recipes, and we have loved it every time.
It’s become one of those go-to dinner fillers for when I’ve put all my time and creative energy into the main course (which happens quite a bit) and I love that about it.
Plus, it’s given me another use for all those fresh limes from our overzealous lime tree.
What is cilantro lime rice?
Thankfully, this is one of those recipes that is exactly what it claims to be:
A heaping helping of white rice with hints of lime and cilantro.
This particular recipe also includes chopped green onion for an extra dose of texture, but I sometimes like to mix in a small amount of corn as well.
How long does cilantro lime rice last?
If you’ve just whipped up this recipe, then the rice can be left out for serving for up to four hours.
Once that time has passed, the rice should be stored in a sealed container or bag and kept in the refrigerator. When kept chilled, cilantro rice will remain good for up to three days.
Can you freeze cilantro rice?
Yes, you totally can!
Once made, allow the rice to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to a freezer container or bag.
Frozen rice will remain good for up to three months.
What goes with cilantro lime rice?
Due to the dashes of lime and cilantro, this rice dish is typically served with Mexican-themed dishes. However, I’ve also served it with American classics and it’s been just as good.
A couple of my favorites include:
- Shredded Chicken Tacos
- Fish Tacos
- Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- Baked Chicken Chimichangas
- Brown Sugar Italian Chicken
- Mexican Shrimp Skillet
- Beef Enchiladas
- Mexican Lasagna
Notes & tips for cilantro lime rice
- Want to use brown rice instead? You totally can! Just use an additional 1/4 to 1/2 broth and cook for another 5-15 minutes. And for those extra minutes, be sure to check the rice often to see how fast it’s absorbing the liquid. You can stop cooking as soon as no liquid pools when using a spoon to scoop aside some of the rice.
- I made this recipe on a stovetop, but you can also whip it up in a rice cooker. Check your rice cooker for any specific cooking instructions they recommend (such as rinsing the rice before cooking, cook times, and any “rice to liquid” ratios [ex: 3/4 cup rice to 1 cup liquid]) and make adjustments to the recipe listed on this page. From there, you’re set to replace rice cooker wherever saucepan is mentioned in the recipe.
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How to make cilantro rice
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a large saucepan, toss in the vegetable broth (or chicken broth or water), white rice, butter, garlic, lime juice, and lime zest. Give everything a stir, then bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the saucepan, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
Step 2 – Remove saucepan from heat and let it rest five minutes.
Step 3 – Fluff the rice, then gently mix in the cilantro and green onion.
Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!
Cilantro Lime Rice
With tender white rice flavored with fresh cilantro and zesty lime, this cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish for any Mexican-themed dinner.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring vegetable broth, rice, butter, garlic, lime juice, and lime zest to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
- Remove saucepan from heat and rice let stand five minutes.
- Remove lid and stir rice with a spatula, loosening any rice that may be stuck along the sides or bottom. Add cilantro and green onion to saucepan, then gently mix them with the rice.
- Serve cilantro rice immediately. If desired, garnish rice with lime slices.