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Cilantro Lime Rice

We got invited to our friend’s birthday party and were asked to bring a Mexican side dish. Josh made Cilantro Lime Rice to take to the party. The rice was a hit and I told everyone the recipe was on our website, well, I lied. Sorry friends! I went to look for the recipe and realized I never posted it. Cilantro lime rice is one of our favorite side dishes so I can’t believe I have never shared the recipe. Well, today we are sharing the recipe so everyone can enjoy!

We cook the rice in water and vegetable broth to give the rice added flavor. If you don’t have vegetable broth, feel free to substitute chicken broth. Fresh lime juice and cilantro jazz up the white rice to create an outstanding rice dish. Cilantro lime rice is a great side dish to any Mexican meal. We often serve it with enchiladas, burritos, tostadas, fajitas, and tacos. It is simple to make and pairs nicely with all Mexican food.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: about 3 cups cooked rice


1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 teaspoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 (15 ounce) can vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro


In a a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice. Serve warm.

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101 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Rice”

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  1. Blog is the New Black — April 27, 2011 @ 3:11 am

    This is my favorite kind of rice! I just saw another post for it and it made me crave it! Delicious!

  2. Jen — April 27, 2011 @ 3:20 am

    You totally read my mind! I was craving Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice and was planning to do a web search! Thank you!

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 27, 2011 @ 3:20 am

    Maria, your food is always so beautiful and delicate looking…just so pretty. You are the queen of lemon and lime pretty food!

    • twopeas replied: — April 27th, 2011 @ 7:01 am

      Thanks so much! I do love citrus:)

  4. Katrina — April 27, 2011 @ 3:28 am

    I love how simple this recipe is. Cilantro is such a great pair with lime. Great recipe!

  5. Rosa — April 27, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    What delightful flavors! That is a great side dish.



  6. Erica — April 27, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    Bookmarked! Josh will call this Chiptole rice :) He loves lime flavoring added to rice (surprise surprise ;))

  7. Heather (heather's dish) — April 27, 2011 @ 4:49 am

    i used to work at a burrito place in college and we made cilantro lime rice all day every day! it’s so good…the lime is great for cutting the starchiness a little, and i adore cilantro! yum :)

  8. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc — April 27, 2011 @ 5:21 am

    This looks lovely. I have never had cilantro lime rice before, but looking at the ingredients, I can imagine how the flavours go together. I’ll have to remember to make this the next time we have Mexican at home.

  9. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 27, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    Your cilantro-lime rice would go great with my broiled fish tacos today!

  10. Rachel @ I'm Loving Today — April 27, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Mmm this looks so good! I have to admit I’m a suck for Chipotle’s cilantro-lime rice, and this looks so delicious and easy to make! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo – Can’t wait to try it out! :)

  11. Jeanette — April 27, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    What a nice flavored rice side dish!

  12. Paula — April 27, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    YUM! I can’t wait to try it.

  13. multikulinaria — April 27, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I’m just getting into liking cilantro. Your dish looks delicious, easy to try and might help to improve considerably…

  14. Karly — April 27, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    This is my favorite rice to stuff inside burritos. So yummy!

  15. brandi — April 27, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    we love this, too! I usually make mine with brown rice since we always have that on hand, but it’s such a fun side dish and makes the perfect base for big taco salads.

  16. Yummy! What a simple rice side. I admit I always use the boxes of Mexican rice on the side of pretty much any Mexican dish, but I’ve been looking for something different and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing, Maria and Josh!

  17. EatLiveRun — April 27, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    great idea! I’m also guilty of the packaged Mexican rice…but next time I’ll try this :)

  18. Aggie — April 27, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    This is an awesome rice! I love the flavors. So easy to dress up some plain ole rice! Yum!

  19. Joanne — April 27, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Yum! It’s like the rice at chipotle but far less bad for you and, I’m sure, far more delicious!

  20. Sues — April 27, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    This is the perfect side dish for a nice Southwestern meal! Though I could probably make a meal out of it myself :)

  21. Esi — April 27, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    I’ve made this before. It’s so good with a lot of different cuisines.

  22. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 27, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    omg this looks great!

  23. Jenny Flake — April 27, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Love a good cilantro lime rice! Yum!

  24. natalie (the sweets life) — April 27, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    must try this and compare to Chipotles, which is my favorite…this looks just as good!

  25. Feast on the Cheap — April 27, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Mmmm, this would be the perfect partner to our Chimichurri Flank Steak or Pineapple-BBQ-Glazed Chicken. Love this.

  26. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — April 27, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    So glad to find this recipe! I’m often at a loss as to what to serve with southwestern recipes. We get tired of the same old refried beans and “mexican” rice. This is going to be perfect with the fajitas I’m planning for tomorrow’s dinner. Thanks!

    • twopeas replied: — April 27th, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

      You are welcome! Enjoy the fajitas!

  27. Pam — April 27, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    We love it here too… it’s so easy to make and tastes fantastic.

  28. Kristen@PrettySweet — April 27, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I’ve never had this kind of rice before but I’m 99% positive that I would *love* it. Going to try it soon!!

  29. julie Wilson — April 27, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    could I make this in a rice cooker?

    • twopeas replied: — April 27th, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

      Yes, you sure can!

  30. Mariah — April 27, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Yum! I just recently forayed into flavored rice, with Carrot Ginger Rice, from Very very delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  31. Tracy — April 27, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    What a great Mexican side!!

  32. Becky — April 27, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    I’m hooked on the cilantro lime rice from Chipotle so I’m dying to try this! : )

  33. DessertForTwo — April 27, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    This sounds exactly like the rice at Chipotle! I can’t get enough of it! I can’t wait to make my own! Thanks :)

  34. Cookbook Queen — April 27, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Sounds so fresh and yummy!!

  35. Cooking rice in broth does add so much flavor! Great side dish Maria :)

  36. Monique @ Make Me Drool — April 28, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    yum! i can think of so many dishes to eat this with!

  37. Shawnda — April 28, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Delicious! And it’s even better cold the next day :)

  38. Abby — April 28, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    I just posted this today too! It is amazing rice! LOVE it!

  39. SMITH BITES — April 28, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    cilantro rice makes a regular appearance here in our house – LOVE IT!!

  40. Allison [Haute Box] — April 28, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    Looks great. I love the flavor of lime!

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