This Cilantro and Lime Rice is much more flavorful than most cilantro lime rice recipes. By toasting the rice in butter, lime juice, and salt and then simmering it in broth, you get a flavor-packed rice that you’ll want to make again and again.

cilantro lime rice in a bowl topped with chopped cilantro and lime wedges

You will love this Lime and Cilantro Rice! 

This Lime and Cilantro Rice is packed with so much more flavor than any other cilantro lime rice you’ll try.

The rice is toasted in a butter, lime, and salt mixture before simmering in chicken broth.

Most cilantro lime rice you’ll try simply adds the lime and cilantro after plain rice has been cooked leaving you with mediocre rice.

This recipe offers you a bold flavored rice that has the cilantro lime taste in every grain. You won’t try it feeling like the cilantro and lime were an afterthought. It’s perfect for burrito bowls, as a side dish, or packed inside your favorite quesadillas.

There’s a few steps you don’t want to skip when it comes to cooking rice that has the best texture and flavor.

Lime Cilantro Rice ingredients

Here’s what you will need to make this easy cilantro lime rice recipe: 

  • butter – I suggest unsalted so that you can salt it to taste. 
  • rice – You can use either basmati rice or jasmine rice for the best texture and taste. Just remember if you use a different type of rice, they have different cook times.
  • salt – Kosher salt or sea salt is ideal for cooking with. 
  • whole lime – Pre-made juice won’t give you the same results as a fresh lime. You want the zest from the skin as well as the juice inside for the most flavorful lime rice. Lemon could work in a pinch. 
  • chicken stock – You can also use water but stock is more flavorful and will give you the best results. You could use vegetable broth as well.
  • fresh cilantro – Cilantro can be found in bundles or clamshells in the produce section of the grocery store. If you’re not a cilantro fan, you can omit it.

You can customize this rice recipe to your liking. I really like this spicy chili lime rice. It gets even better with jalapeños for some extra spiciness!  

the ingredients to make cilantro lime rice

How to make Cilantro Lime Rice

Making this lime cilantro rice is so simple, and doesn’t take much more time than regular rice.

rice toasted in a skillet with butter, salt, and lime juice

Toast the Rice

  1. First, add the butter to a large skillet and melt it over medium heat. 
  2. Add in the rice and stir frequently. Toast the rice for about 1 minute. This adds flavor to the rice. 
  3. Sprinkle in the salt and add half of the lime juice. 
broth in a skillet with the rice and lime juice

Cook the Rice

  1. Add the chicken stock and stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  2. Cover the pot with a lid and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. 
  3. Uncover the rice and fluff the rice with a fork.
  4. Add in the remaining lime juice, zest, and cilantro. 
  5. Stir to combine. 

What goes with Cilantro Lime Rice? 

A great thing about cilantro lime rice is how well it pairs with a variety of dishes. I like to lean towards tex mex type dishes to pair it with.

cilantro lime rice in a bowl topped with chopped cilantro and lime wedges

Storing this Lime Cilantro Rice Recipe

Storing rice properly is key. 

Store it in a shallow, airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3 to 5 days. Rice can grow dangerous bacteria, so don’t eat it after 5 days. 

To store it longer, spread it on a sheet pan, freeze it for an hour, and spoon it into a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to six months. 

Keep in mind that the lime zest and cilantro may become discolored within a day or two, but it will still taste delicious. 

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe FAQs

What is the best rice for burritos?

Burritos are delicious with long-grain white rice. Try them with a flavorful rice, such as cilantro lime rice, to bring in even more flavor to your burrito.

What type of rice does Chipotle use?

Chipotle restaurants make their cilantro rice daily in each store. They use long-grain white rice for their cilantro lime rice, which is steamed with bay leaves for extra flavor, but they also serve brown rice as well. 

What can I substitute for cilantro in Cilantro Lime Rice?

Other fresh herbs can be substituted for cilantro when making cilantro lime rice. Try it with thyme, basil, mint or parsley.

Should you rinse rice before cooking?

It is recommended that you rinse rice 4-5 times before cooking regardless of the type of rice you are using. Not only does it clean the rice, but it gets rid of the extra starch that makes it gummy.

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Lime and Cilantro Rice Recipe

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Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
This Cilantro and Lime Rice is much more flavorful than most cilantro lime rice recipes. By toasting the rice in butter, lime juice, and salt and then simmering it in broth, you get a flavor-packed rice that you'll want to make again and again.

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup rice basmati or jasmine
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 whole lime juiced and zested
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped

Instructions 

  • Add butter to a large skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Add in the rice and stir frequently. Toast the rice for about 1 minute.
  • Add in the salt and half of the lime juice.
  • Add the chicken stock and stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover with a lid and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Uncover the rice and fluff.
  • Add in the remaining lime juice, zest, and cilantro.
  • Stir to combine and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 107mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 103IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex

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