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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe (A Simple & Easy Way To Level Up Your Rice)

Are you looking for an easy and flavorful way to take your white rice from boring to exciting? Try this cilantro lime rice recipe! This delicious side dish is a simple yet tasty way to add some zesty flavor and vibrant color to any meal. It’s ready in only 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights or weekend entertaining. I am using a pressure cooker for this recipe but if you don’t have access to one or a rice cooker this can also be made in a normal pot.

This cilantro lime rice pairs perfectly with fish tacos, grilled chicken or beef fajitas. It also makes an excellent accompaniment for Mexican dishes like burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas. 

Rice

rice

Jasmine rice is an ideal choice for cilantro lime rice because of its fragrant, nutty flavor and fluffy texture. The long-grain variety is slightly sticky and has a unique aroma that gives cilantro lime rice a subtle and delicious taste. The rice also holds its shape well when cooked, making it perfect for serving with other dishes like tacos, fajitas or burritos. Additionally, jasmine rice contains fewer calories than white rice and has more healthful components such as protein, iron, phosphorus and dietary fiber. Its nutritional content makes cilantro lime rice not only tasty but nutritious as well. You can use any of your preferred rice options for this recipe such as brown rice, basmati rice, or just long-grain white rice.

Cilantro & Lime

lime

Cilantro and lime are integral ingredients in cilantro lime rice, creating a bright and zesty flavor that perfectly complements the nutty aroma of jasmine rice. The cilantro adds vibrant color to the dish as well as an unmistakable freshness, while the tartness and citrus of the lime juice and the lime zest help to balance out its flavor. Together, cilantro and lime give cilantro lime rice its unique taste that’s sure to be enjoyed by everyone!

Butter

To make cilantro lime rice even more flavorful and delicious, butter is added to the mix. The butter adds richness and creaminess to the dish, while also helping to bring out all of the flavors of cilantro, lime juice, and jasmine rice. It also helps give cilantro lime rice a smooth texture that’s perfect for scooping up with tacos or fajitas.

Salt

Salt plays an important role in cilantro lime rice, as it helps to bring out the flavor of all of the other ingredients. Salt enhances cilantro’s bright and fresh taste, while also adding a depth of flavor that complements the tartness and citrusy notes from the lime juice. It also helps to balance out any sweetness from the butter in this recipe. Additionally, salt can help draw out moisture from cooked jasmine rice, making it easier to fluff with a fork after cooking. Finally, salt adds just enough seasoning for cilantro lime rice without being overpowering so that everyone can enjoy its delicious flavors!

Cilantro Lime Rice

Servings 

8

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Calories 

155

Cook Time

10-15 Minutes

Total Time 15-20 Minutes

*Please note that the nutritional information provided is an estimate only and may vary depending on the ingredients used. Calories listed are per serving.*

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Lime (zest & juice)
  • 2-4 Tbsp Cilantro (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Salt to Taste

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Directions

Step 01

Wash the rice and add it to your pressure cooker or pan. Cook rice according to package instructions.

Step 02

Wash your lime and cilantro. Finely dice the cilantro to your liking. Zest the lime and then cut it in half.

Step 03

Once the rice is done cooking, add the butter and stir the rice until the butter is melted. Add salt to taste and stir again. Add the chopped cilantro, lime zest, and juice from the lime into the cooked rice and stir well.

Step 04

Serve & Enjoy!

Notes

  • When cooking cilantro lime rice, be sure to use fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Use cilantro lime rice in any of your favorite recipes such as fajitas, burritos, burrito bowls, or any other recipes you would like extra flavor in your rice.
  • To get the most out of your cilantro lime rice experience it’s important to use freshly squeezed lime juice for optimal flavor and aroma.
  • I highly recommend using a pressure cooker or rice cooker anytime you’re cooking rice. It’s easy, convenient, and you don’t have to worry about overcooking your rice. 
  • Always wash your rice.

FAQ

What's The Best Way TO Cook Rice?

For cilantro lime rice, the best way to cook rice is in a pressure cooker such as the ninja foodi or an instant pot. Cooking rice in a pressure cooker helps to retain moisture and flavor and ensures evenly cooked grains. Rice can also be cooked on the stovetop or in a rice cooker with great results.

What Type Of Rice Is Best For Cilantro Lime Rice?

Jasmine rice is ideal for cilantro lime rice, as it has a delicate, slightly sweet flavor and light texture that pairs perfectly with the cilantro, lime, and butter. Other types of long-grain white rice may be used, however, the cooking time may vary. If you prefer another type of rice such as brown rice or basmati rice, those will also work well.

Why Should I Wash My Rice?

Washing the rice helps to remove any dust particles, dirt, and debris that may be present. Additionally, it can also help to remove excess starch which will help your cilantro lime rice come out fluffier and more enjoyable. This is a must for perfect rice.

How Can I Add More Flavor To My Cilantro Lime Rice?

To make cilantro lime rice even more flavorful try adding toasted slivered almonds or cashews to give it added texture and crunch. Chopped green onions, tomatoes or jalapenos can also be stirred in at the end before serving. Additionally, you can add sautéed vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, or zucchini during the last few minutes of cooking time for a heartier dish.

What Dishes Go Well With Cilantro Lime Rice?

Cilantro lime rice makes an excellent side dish for Mexican-style dishes like tacos and burritos as well as grilled meats, fish, or vegetables. It can also be served with salads, soups, and casseroles for a flavorful twist.

How Do I Store Cilantro Lime Rice?

Once cilantro lime rice is cooked, it can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for 3-5 days. To reheat cilantro lime rice, place it in a pot over low heat stirring occasionally until desired temperature is reached. It can also be reheated in the microwave using 30 second intervals until warm.

Cilantro Lime Rice

David
Are you looking for an easy and flavorful way to take your white rice from boring to exciting? Look no further than cilantro lime rice! This delicious side dish is a simple yet tasty way to add some zesty flavor and vibrant color to any meal. It’s ready in only 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights or weekend entertaining.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 155 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 Cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Lime
  • 2-4 Tbsp Cilantro or more if desired
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash the rice and add it to your pressure cooker or pan. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  • Wash your lime and cilantro. Finely dice the cilantro to your liking. Zest the lime and then cut it in half.
  • Once the rice is done cooking, add the butter and stir the rice until the butter is melted. Add salt to taste and stir again. Add the chopped cilantro, lime zest, and juice from the lime into the cooked rice and stir well.
    Mix cilantro lime rice
  • Serve & Enjoy!

Notes

  • When cooking cilantro lime rice, be sure to use fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Use cilantro lime rice in any of your favorite recipes such as fajitas, burritos, burrito bowls, or any other recipes you would like extra flavor in your rice.
  • To get the most out of your cilantro lime rice experience it’s important to use freshly squeezed lime juice for optimal flavor and aroma.
  • I highly recommend using a pressure cooker or rice cooker anytime you cook rice. It's easy, convenient, and you don't have to worry about overcooking your rice. 
  • Always wash your rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal
Keyword cilantro, easy, jasmine rice, lime, quick
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