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This Lime Rice with cilantro uses minimal and tasty ingredients and is the perfect side dish or base to any of your favorite Mexican-themed meals!

White bowl of Lime Rice in bowl with limes and cilantro

If I have to pick one of my favorite side dishes, it has to be this Lime Rice. It is so good and absolutely easy to make, and who doesn’t love easy?

The flavors in this rice are beyond delicious. It is a common recipe used in taco chains (think burrito bowls, chicken fajitas, or carne asada) that you can easily make at home in no time at all.

We make this recipe quite a bit, especially when it’s taco Tuesday and we are looking for a side to go with our meal for the night, this always becomes our default.

A rice cooker or instant pot makes this even simpler, though today, we’re using a pot on the stove. Fluffy rice is one of those easy side dishes that enhances many main-course meals.

This recipe makes the most perfect rice. Pro tip: Make sure you use fully rinsed rice. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your plain white rice.

I always have rice on hand and most of the ingredients for this simple recipe, so it’s a no-brainer that I’ll make it. 

The flavor combinations in this easy side dish play really well together. It’s nice and fluffy and just the perfect texture to do with what you like. Let’s dive into this homemade Lime Rice!

Some of our other favorite rice recipes we have on our site include Sausage Dirty Rice Recipe, Zucchini Rice Casserole and Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice.

Finished lime rice in pan with wooden spoon surrounded by limes and cilantro

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. With easily available pantry staple ingredients, it is easy to throw together this easy rice recipe.
  2. It goes great with a variety of different meals.
  3. You can double this delicious cilantro lime rice depending on how many people you are serving.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • water
  • white rice
  • butter
  • fresh cilantro
  • lime juice
  • lime zest
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
Ingredients need to make Lime Rice

See how minimal those ingredients are? That is one of the best parts about this rice, minimal ingredients but big on flavor, but not overpowering. 

You can absolutely control the lime flavor by adjusting the amount of lime juice and zest in this as well, if you love lime add more if you only like a little add less. 

There is no complete science to this recipe, it is more of a taste as you go type of deal where you can adjust to your liking and I love that!

HOW TO MAKE LIME RICE:

  1. Place water in a small saucepot.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and place rice into the water. Stir the rice a few times to distribute through the water, cover, and place the heat on low.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Leave the top on and let stand for 5 minutes on the countertop. 
  5. Add the butter, chopped cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Step by step photos on how to make Lime Rice

Five steps are all you need for this recipe!

I mean how much easier can you get, you have to make this Cilantro Rice! It is literally our favorite Mexican-inspired side dish.

Some of our other favorite side dishes we love serving with our Mexican meals include:

Next time you’re looking for a great side dish, I highly suggest this recipe! The fresh flavor and ease of preparation make it a no-brainer.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

This homemade cilantro lime rice itself can be used in a lot of things and not just as a side dish.

We have used it in burritos, taco bowls, rice bowls, tacos, tostadas, etc. It adds so much flavor.

Like I mentioned before, it is a really good base to use as a starter for a recipe itself or in various recipes.

We usually make burritos the most with it when we don’t just eat it plain.

Chipotle cilantro lime rice has a big reputation, and I think homemade is even better.

It’s also a really easy recipe to add to!

Try out some new things.

  • Black Beans: Stir in some black beans for added protein and texture.
  • Corn Kernels: Add cooked corn kernels for a sweet crunch.
  • Green Onions: Chop some green onions and mix them in for extra flavor.
  • Garlic Cloves: Mince and add garlic cloves for a deeper flavor profile.
  • Pico de Gallo: Top the rice with pico de gallo for a fresh, zesty kick.
  • Red Bell Peppers: Dice and mix in red bell peppers for color and sweetness.
  • Avocado: Add diced avocado for creaminess.
  • Cheese: Sprinkle with queso fresco or shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Jalapenos: Mix in some chopped jalapenos for a spicy kick.
  • Sour Cream: Add a dollop of sour cream for a creamy texture.
  • Fresh Tomatoes: Chop fresh tomatoes and mix them in for a juicy addition.
  • Spinach: Stir in some chopped spinach for added greens.
Overhead of lime rice in white bowl with lime wedges and cilantro

Yes indeed! Try another kind of rice, for instance.

Whether it’s long grain rice or short, you pick which is the best rice to use.

I’m a fan of jasmine rice myself.

  • Basmati Rice: Use basmati rice instead of long-grain white rice for a different texture.
  • Brown Rice: Substitute long-grain white rice with brown rice for a healthier option.
  • Vegetable Broth: Use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Replace butter with olive oil for a dairy-free option.
  • Lemon Juice: Use lemon juice instead of lime juice for a different citrus flavor.
  • Jasmine Rice: Substitute long-grain white rice with jasmine rice for a fragrant touch.
  • Butter Substitute: Use a plant-based butter substitute for a vegan-friendly option.

When I’m cooking rice, I always make more than I need. This can be stored in an airtight container or ziptop bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This can also be frozen!

Those cilantro lime flavors are just as good when thawed.

Prepare as directed and then let cool completely. Transfer to a freezer container or bag, and it should keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave before serving.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Use long-grain white rice for this, do not use instant rice.
  • We like using fresh lime juice, but bottled will work in a pinch.
  • This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • Cilantro Lime Rice is very versatile and can be used in various dishes such as tacos, burritos, or just as a side dish.
  • You can easily double this recipe depending on how many people you are serving.
  • Adjust the lime flavor to your liking, add more lime juice, and zest if you love lime or less if you like a little less potency.
Serving spoon scooping up some lime rice out of white bowl

Want a delicious recipe that goes great as a side dish or in many different recipes?

Then you need to try my Lime Rice!

If you’ve tried this LIME RICE, let me know in the comments how it turned out! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes!
 

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4.50 from 2 votes

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsLife.com
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
This Lime Rice with cilantro uses minimal and tasty ingredients and is the perfect side dish or base to any of your favorite Mexican-themed meals!
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place water in a small saucepot.
    2 cups water
  • Bring the water to a boil and place rice into the water. Stir the rice a few times to distribute through the water, cover, and place the heat on low.
    1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Cook for 20 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Leave the top on and let stand for 5 minutes on the countertop.
  • Add the butter, chopped cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon lime juice, Zest of 1 lime, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Notes

  1. Use long-grain white rice for this, do not use instant rice.
  2. We like using fresh lime juice, but bottled will work in a pinch.
  3. This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  4. Cilantro Lime Rice is very versatile and can be used in various dishes such as tacos, burritos, or just as a side dish.
  5. You can easily double this recipe depending on how many people you are serving.
  6. Adjust the lime flavor to your liking, add more lime juice, and zest if you love lime or less if you like a little less potency.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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3 Comments

  1. I am so in love with cilantro lately that this recipe came along in perfect time! I have a huge bunch in my fridge right now and this is so simple to make. Sounds delicious!

  2. This sounds tasty! I always love getting this when out at restaurants, but I’ve never made it myself. I’m def pinning for later! Visiting from WUW! Hope you have a great night!

  3. Ooohh that sounds fun and zesty. What a great way to liven up a meal! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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