Fresh, zesty and completely irresistible, this Cilantro Lime Rice is just what dinner-time asked for.Jump to Recipe
To be totally honest, I don’t make homemade rice all THAT often. It’s not that I don’t like rice- because I do. I suppose it’s more that I would rather eat buttered bread. or pasta.
But, sometimes, a dish calls for rice. So, when I do make rice, the rice needs to be GOOD. Like, amazing good.
That said, it needs to be easy, and ideally, something my kid will eat.
OK, who am I kidding, my kid won’t eat anything I cook.
Anyway, this Cilantro Lime Rice does indeed fit one of my must-haves. It is EASY. Like so super easy. Although I do recommend that you have a good microplane because it makes zesting citrus a MILLION times easier. It is also delicious. It’s not overly limey, but the flavor is just enough to set it apart. That said if you hate lime or you’re one of those people who hate cilantro, you may either want to cut back on the lime juice and the cilantro.
BUT, I LOVE both of those things, so naturally, this is my favorite.
Why eat plain white rice when you can have this fresh and zesty Cilantro Lime Rice?
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice (basmati or jasmine recommended)
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 tsp salt plus more to taste
- Zest from 2 limes divided
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 small bunch cilantro chopped
Add rice to a fine mesh strainer and thoroughly rinse with water. Set aside.
In a medium stockpot bring the water and salt to a low boil. Add the rice, zest of one lime and lime juice to the pot. Return to a low boil. Cover pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer rice covered for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat and allow the pot to rest for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Allow rice to cool for approximately 5 minutes before adding additional lime zest (if desired) and fresh chopped cilantro. Season to taste.