Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is easy to make and a great side dish for any Mexican meal. 

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice in bowl

Josh loves the Instant Pot. He uses it all of the time to make hard boiled eggs, quinoa, rice, and his favorite 4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde. I still haven’t touched it yet because Josh is having so much fun with it. I want to try some recipes soon, but right now, I am letting Josh have all of the fun.

Josh has been making Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice and it is so good! I shared a little teaser on Instagram stories and I got a ton of messages from you guys begging for the recipe. Well, today is your lucky today because we are sharing this super easy recipe for cilantro lime rice. You are going to love it.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with lime

If you like Chipotle’s rice, you will LOVE this easy recipe you can make at home. The Instant Pot cooks the rice in a jiffy and it turns out perfect every single time. Josh cooks the rice in water and broth, to give it extra flavor. The addition of cilantro and lime makes the rice extra flavorful and the perfect side dish to any Mexican meal. 

We like to serve the cilantro lime rice with enchiladastacos, Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken, Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde, quesadillas, and more! The rice is a great base for burrito bowls too! You can add your favorite toppings and create a fun meal.

Get out your Instant Pot and make this EASY Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice. And if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you should probably think about getting one. We are really enjoying ours…well, Josh is enjoying it and I am enjoying eating what he makes:)

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice finished recipe

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Make perfect cilantro lime rice every time with the Instant Pot. This rice is a great side dish to any Mexican meal.
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
Total Time
22 minutes
Cuisine
Mexican
Servings
8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola vegetable, or grapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons juice of lime divided
  • 2 cups long grain white rice 
  • Zest of one lime 
  • 1/2 cup of fresh chopped cilantro 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Put the broth, water, oil, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and rice in the Instant Pot. Lock the lid in place and push the "Rice" button on the Instant Pot. This will cook the rice for 12 minutes. When the Instant Pot beeps, let it sit for 5 more minutes. After the 5 minutes, using a hot pad, quick release the pressure by turning the steam release valve to vent. Let all of the steam out and carefully remove the lid.
  2. Transfer the rice to a large bowl. Fluff the rice with a fork. Add the remaining tablespoon of lime juice, lime zest, chopped cilantro, and salt. Stir and fluff the rice again with a fork. Serve warm.
  3. Note-we have the 6 QT Instant Pot.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 384mg 16%
Potassium 64mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword

cilantro lime rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is easy to make and a great side dish for any Mexican meal. #easyrecipe #mexicanfood #sidedish Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.
Make perfect cilantro lime rice every time with the Instant Pot. This rice is a great side dish to any Mexican meal. #easyrecipe #mexicanfood #sidedishVisit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.
Get out your Instant Pot and make this EASY Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice. If you like Chipotle’s rice, you will LOVE this easy recipe you can make at home. The Instant Pot cooks the rice in a jiffy and it turns out perfect every single time. #easyrecipe #mexicanfood #sidedish Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.

Maria

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 make brown rice in my pressure cooker all the time and do 2:1 ratio water to rice (not going over max fill line). I’m guessing I could do the same thing here with the added ingredients during the cooking and at the end…  I also set my cooker for 15 minutes. 

    1. For stove top I do 2:1 ratio, but for IP, I do 1 part rice to 1.25 liquid. Both Brown and White.
      White rice button is 12 minutes for programmable button for 12 minutes on LOW pressure.
      If you do HIGH PRESSURE, MANUAL, then it only takes 4-6 minutes.
      For brown rice, 22 minutes HIGH pressure works for me. I live at sea level.
      I always NR for at least 10 minutes because I read that the starchy steam from rice can clog your valve.

  2. I’ve never had lime rice before, this sounds nice and refreshing! I’ve just read another lovely recipe for some spicy chili so I might put the two together for tonights meal!

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I am sure it would be fine, just adjust the cooking time for the stove.

    2. You also need to adjust the liquid.
      In pressure cooker I do 2:1 ratio of liquid to rice. In IP I do 1.25 : 1.
      Stovetop rice 20 minutes of simmer after comes to a boil for white rice and 40 minutes for brown.

    1. I have made this both stove-top and in rice cooker.
      For stove-top I do a 2 part liquid to one part rice.
      For rice cooker, I use the cup that came with it to measure the rice, and the lines on the side of the inner pot for the liquid.
      Stove top, bring to a boil, give it a stir, then cover and simmer 20 minutes for white rice or 40 minutes for brown rice.
      I like the lime zest added before cooking.
      I serve with lime wedges for a fresh lime taste.

    2. LOL I read that as doing this without an IP, as opposed to doubling it.
      Doubling it turns out perfect, no adjustments.

    1. I haven’t used the 8 qt. Maybe read the instructions for rice and see what it says. I am guessing it would be fine.

  3. If I wanted to make a double recipe, other than double the ingredients, would you change the cook time or would that time work?   Thanks!

  4. I have recently discovered that the 12 minute preset button for white rice cooks your rice on low pressure.
    If you want to speed things up, do HIGH pressure for 4-6 minutes depending on your texture preference.
    If you use brown rice, 22 minutes HIGH pressure works for me. (I live at sea level)

    I always let my IP NR when cooking rice for at least 10 minutes. I have heard that the starchy steam can clog your valve.

    I use a similar recipe. However, I don’t use oil, and I put in the lime zest and cilantro in before cooking. The lime zest flavor really gets infused into the rice much better than when I previously cooked it on the stove top or a rice cooker. I serve with lime wedges for individualized taste and more fresh cilantro.


  5. I played hooky and added baby shrimp and carrots to this when I made it as the main course for dinner last night. It was delicious and will be a repeat. I’m also adding this recipe to my list of recipes for company/family visits.


  6. Made this last night with dinner. My toddler and husband loved it and had seconds. I did leave out the lime juice, replaced with Herdez salsa verde because of citrus allergies. Awesome recipe and so easy!


  7. When you say 2C rice am I supposed to use the cup measurer that came with my IP or my regular cup measurer? I just made it and used the IP cup and the rice is sticky. 

    Thanks!

  8. Delish as promised. We made a rice bowl with this for the perfect Satursday evening dinner. Thank you so much!


  9. This has been our go-to rice recipe since I found It on your site. Love it! No changes to your recipe and turns out perfect every time. Thanks! 

  10. Just need clarification about the zest – recipe says add it after cooking, but your comment said you like to add it before cooking. Which is it? Thanks.


  11. Found your recipe on Pinterest!! I have a Quick Cooker from Pampered Chef(their version of a pressure cooker) and I made a Salsa chicken on bottom of Pot and added the rack and used the ceramic pot accessory also from Pampered Chef. And I was able to make the rice separately. The rice is delicious and paired perfectly with the salsa chicken!! 

  12. I have made cilantro rice a lot on the stove top so really excited to try my instant Pot. BTW…I have the 3 Qt. Hopefully this quantity isn’t to o much for that size. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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