Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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Cilantro Lime Quinoa – a quinoa recipe for the books. Quick and easy to make, and goes with any Mexican dish! A great alternative to rice!

Cilantro lime quinoa recipe

Quinoa Recipe perfect for any Mexican meal!

Today, I am sharing an easy quinoa recipe, Cilantro Lime Quinoa. This is one of go to side dishes. I love that it is easy to make and healthy! We probably make this easy quinoa recipe once a week, it is so good and good for you too!

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa recipe is very similar to our Cilantro Lime Rice  – we just swapped the rice for quinoa. I love the boost of protein from the quinoa. This Quinoa recipe will surely please quinoa fans. The Cilantro Lime Quinoa goes great with any and every Mexican dish – enchiladas, burritos, burrito bowls, fajitas, quesadillas, and tacos.

Quinoa recipe with cilantro lime, perfect for Mexican Food

Tips for Cooking Quinoa

  • Make sure you rinse the quinoa before cooking. Quinoa has a natural coating, called saponin, that can make the cooked grain taste bitter or soapy. Place the quinoa in a mesh strainer and rinse under cold water.
  • To cook 1 cup quinoa, you need about 2 cups liquid.
  • Quick tip for getting extra flavorful quinoa from this, or any savory quinoa recipe: cook the quinoa in vegetable broth or chicken broth. 
  •  You can use a rice cooker or Instant pot to cook quinoa. Follow the manual’s instructions.
  • Fluff your quinoa with a fork before serving so it is nice and fluffy.

When the quinoa is done cooking spice it up by adding: garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. That is it! The quinoa has a nice flavor and is the perfect side dish for any Mexican meal.

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Cilantro Lime Quinoa

This easy and flavorful Cilantro Lime Quinoa goes great with any Mexican meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes


  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, combine the broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook until broth is evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, covered. Remove lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Stir in garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I have to give this recipe a try…I just happen to have all of the ingredients in my kitchen…love quinoa and of course limes and cilantro…Gracias amigos for a great new recipe for me to try..should go great with my pork ribs tonight! Sabroso! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!

  2. Looks delicious! I am in love w/ lime these days and have been looking for a good quinoa recipe to try. Thanks!

  3. I just love your website!
    the recipes (have tried many!) are always creative and healthy with great pictures and love your blogging!!
    thanks, keep up the good work!
    YOur little pea is cute as a button :))

  4. Hi, I need something clarified for me…have you heard as I have that since americans are eating so much quinoa that the prices for it in south america have gone up and the native peoples can no longer afford this nutricious grain and that we should not be buying it? Do you know anything about this? I am not using it anymore in my diet until I find out the answer. It might be the Ugly american striking again. thanks, Mary in Cincinnati

  5. I have a bag of quinoa that I have yet to dip into and I don’t know what is stopping me. I’ve never tried it before but I felt compelled to give it a go. This will be my first recipe with it, I’m sure. It looks so fresh and delicious Maria. Wonderful!

  6. I made this last night with salmon filets on the grill and steamed broccoli. Everyone loved it! The first bite my bf took he made a face and then wiped his plate clean! I will make this again and again!!!

  7. How do you think this would be without the sugar? I am eating sugar-free. I do use stevia, but am not sure if it would work well. Have never sweetened quinoa!

  8. We normally use chicken broth when making our quinoa and did so when we made some lime-scented quinoa. Did the veggie broth bring out a good flavor in this recipe? We’ll have to try the little big of sugar next time, too!

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