In my mind, nothing goes better with a Mexican meal (like chicken fajitas!) than Cilantro Lime Rice. If you’ve ever been to Chipotle, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Mike and I both love Chipotle burritos, and honestly, I think their rice is my favorite part of the burrito! When I saw a recipe for cilantro lime rice on Buns In My Oven (check out this blog if you haven’t yet, Karly always cracks me up!), I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be making it.
I made it for the first time to serve with the chicken fajitas a few weeks ago, and have already made it a few times since then. Needless to say, this rice was a success. It holds its own as a stand alone side dish, it’s perfect served inside a taco or burrito, and it even tastes good with chips and salsa. Confession: that may have been my dinner tonight – chips, salsa, and cilantro lime rice. yum.
*Note: I’m giving you Karly’s instructions, but I just cooked the rice in my rice cooker with the water and half of the olive oil and added the other ingredients when it was done.
Cilantro Lime Rice
1 cup extra long grain white rice
2 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or more, to taste)
salt, to taste
Combine the rice, water, and 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and continue boiling over medium heat until the water just skims the top of the rice. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep covered for 5 more minutes. Transfer the rice to a large bowl and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of the lime, and the cilantro. Mix well and salt to taste.
from Buns In My Oven