Make your favorite cilantro lime rice at home. It tastes just as fresh and tasty as Chipotle’s and you’ll love how easy it is to make!
My Favorite Rice Side Dish
It’s so tough to pick my favorite rice side dish. Because I’ve made some incredible ones that my entire family loved. The easy fried rice with eggs was a huge hit!
And so was the Hawaiian rice with pineapple.
But this recipe is my favorite one.
Lime rice is so super versatile. You can eat it by the spoonful by itself or as a filling base layer for a Mexican dish like a burrito bowl. It also tastes amazing inside burritos or tacos.
How to Make Lime Rice with Cilantro
This really does taste just like Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice. There are only 5 ingredients – and that’s counting the water in which you boil the rice.
This rice recipe will only take about 10 minutes total to put together and then the 20 minutes to cook the rice fully.
My recipe serves 4.
(see recipe printable at the bottom for full ingredient list)
- White rice
- Chopped cilantro
Add rice, water, and broth to a saucepan.
Heat on medium-high heat until boiling.
Reduce heat to simmer and cover.
Cook for 20 minutes or until rice is done.
Remove from heat and stir.
Add in juice of 1 lime and zest of one lime.
Stir in chopped cilantro and serve immediately.
What type of rice is best to use?
My package of rice said to cook for 15-20 minutes, so this isn’t instant rice. While instant rice is super convenient, it won’t have as much flavor or the right texture if you use it in this recipe.
Here are some options that will taste fantastic with my recipe:
- Brown rice
How to Make Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
If you want to make this a keto-friendly recipe, just use cauliflower rice. I prefer to just use a bag of frozen steamable cauliflower rice. It’s the same thing as if you chop up cauliflower florets and it saves you a ton of time and mess.
After the cauliflower rice is steamed, just add the lime and cilantro.
The texture will be a bit different, but the flavor will be the same. You can check out my Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice for an example!
More Mexican Side Dishes
Here are some more amazing side dishes that you can serve on Taco Tuesday or your next Tex-Mex meal.
Easy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 cups water
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 lime
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Add rice, water and broth to a sauce pan. Heat on medium high heat until boiling.
- Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until rice is done. Remove from heat and stir.
- Add in juice of 1 lime and zest of one lime.
- Stir in chopped cilantro and serve immediately.