Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

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.

Cilantro Lime Rice

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.

Cilantro Lime Rice

*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 lime
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.

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  1. Lime and cilantro are so classic together. This looks wonderful.

  2. Gosh, another great idea I would never have thought of on my own. Thanks.

  3. We make this ALL the time to have with tacos, but we use brown rice, lots of cilantro, and a ton of lime zest and scallions, too.

  4. A simple recipe, but with great flavor, Megan!

  5. This sounds awesome! Will definitely be giving it a try. And the pictures are great again too. Hopefully you will be able to teach us all a thing or two at the blogger meeting next week. I'm looking forward to it!

  6. mmmm love those flavors… sounds like a perfect side dish for summer.

  7. We love cilantro lime rice!

  8. Yum! Just like Chipotle! I will be making this with the cilantro that's growing in my garden!

  9. I love putting lemon or lime juice on my rice! Great recipe 🙂

  10. Ok – so I love love love rice, lime and cilantro but have never had them together. I need to change that because this looks and sounds amazing!

  11. This rice is on my must make list. I gotta try it!

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