Cilantro Lime Rice. Fresh, zesty and completely irresistible, this Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe is fast and easy and made with a handful of simple ingredients like rice, fresh lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro. Enjoy this delicious Mexican side dish with tacos, in your favorite burrito bowl, or alongside this easy citrus chicken.
Rice. 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. It’s simply that I would rather eat buttered bread or pasta or something equally carby.
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 also needs to be easy, and ideally, something my kid will eat.
This Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe fits both of my must-haves. It is EASY. Like so super easy. 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.
Ingredients in Cilantro Lime Rice
- white rice
- lime zest
- lime juice
How to make Cilantro Lime Rice
- Wash the rice. Before cooking any rice or rice recipe you always want to wash the rice. Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer or in a bowl and wash with clean water several times. Set aside.
- Add the water and salt to a medium stockpot over high heat. Bring to a low boil. Stir in the basmati rice, fresh lime juice, and zest from one lime. Reduce heat to low and cover with a tightly fitted lid.
- Simmer the rice for approximately 25-30 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender (cooking times may vary depending on the size of pot and type of rice used).
- Remove from heat, uncover, and allow the pot to rest for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Allow rice to cool for an additional 5 minutes before adding cilantro and additional lime zest (if desired).
Utterly irresistible, if you love lime and you love cilantro, you will love this rice.
Tips and Tricks for preparing Cilantro Lime Rice
Of course, rice is rice. And rice can be finicky. We all want perfectly fluffy, non-mushy rice, right? Right.
- Add 1 3/4 cup liquid for every one cup rice. I know, I know the package and most of the internet says to use a 1 to 1 ratio, but I firmly feel that is too much water.
- Do not overcook the rice. Halfway through cooking check your rice. Yes, check your rice. Can you squish it between your fingers? If you can, your rice is done. If there is still liquid in there, that’s ok. Simply drain the excess liquid from the rice, transfer back to the pot, fluff, and cool for a few minutes.
- When you are simmering your rice be sure to turn the heat down to low. Not medium-low, but as low as it goes.
- Basmati rice is best.
- Use fresh lime juice and fresh lime zest. There is no good substitute for fresh lime juice.
If you try making this Cilantro Lime Rice, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.
For more Mexican recipes check out,
- How to make Refried Black Beans
- Drunken Beans with Poblanos
- Mexican Street Corn Tostadas with Chipotle Black Beans
- 5 Minute Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Steak Quesadilla Recipe
- Lamb Tacos
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Easy 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
- 2 limes zested 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 over high heat bring the water and salt to a low boil. Add the rice, zest of one lime, and lime juice to the pot and stir well to combine. Return to a low boil, reduce heat to low, and cover with a tight lid.
- Cook rice for approximately 20 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.