Cilantro Lime Rice

I made this Cilantro Lime Rice as a side dish for the Shrimp Tacos that I made last weekend (my apologies for taking so long to post it). This rice is very simple and makes a great, filling side dish to any Mexican or Tex-mex meal. It’s so delicious that I’m tempted to just put some in a bowl, melt some cheddar cheese over top and have at it… oooh, and maybe add a few black beans in there. Okay, now it’s turning into a whole other recipe! As you can see, it can also be a versatile base to many other dishes. Try it in casseroles or as a super flavorful filling for burritos! Plus, it’s just pretty and green.

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Originally posted 4/30/2010, updated 7/17/2015.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice in steel pan placed on white and blue napkin and limes next to it


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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is a bright and flavorful alternative to plain white rice and works great as a side or stuffed into burritos. 
Total Cost: $1.99 recipe / $0.33 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 (about 1 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice (uncooked) ($0.60)
  • 3 cups chicken broth ($0.40)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro ($0.50)
  • 1 lime ($0.33)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)

Instructions

  • Add 3 cups of chicken broth to a medium sauce pot (if using Better Than Bouillon or another soup base, fully dissolve the base in the water before adding the rice). Add the rice to the pot, place a lid on top, and bring the pot to a full boil over high heat. As soon as the pot reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low and let the pot simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let the pot rest for 10 minutes, with the lid in place, undisturbed.
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the cilantro lime mix. Rinse the cilantro well. Pull the leaves from the stems and roughly chop the leaves with a knife. Use a fine hole cheese grater or zester to remove the thin green layer of zest from the lime. Add the chopped cilantro, lime zest, juice from the lime, and 1 Tbsp olive oil to a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • When the rice is finished cooking, fluff the rice. Add the cilantro lime mixture and fold to combine. Avoid vigorous stirring as this can make the rice gummy. Gently fold the flavor in.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1CupCalories: 252.55kcalCarbohydrates: 51.33gProtein: 5.17gFat: 2.72gSodium: 436.77mgFiber: 1.35g
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Close up of Cilantro Lime Rice in pan

 

How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice – Step By Step Photos

Chicken Broth in pan
Add three cups of chicken broth to a medium sauce pot. I use Better Than Bouillon brand soup base, which should be fully dissolved water before beginning this recipe. Add 2 cups of rice to the broth, place the lid on the pot, and bring it to a full boil over high heat. Once it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit undisturbed for about 10 minutes.

Cooked rice in pan next to bowl of lime, cilantro and olive oil
While the rice is cooking, rinse the cilantro well. Pull the leaves from the stems, then give them a rough chop. Use a small holed cheese grater or zester to remove the thin green layer of zest from the lime. Add the chopped cilantro, lime zest, and juice from the lime to a small bowl, along with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Stir to combine.

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When the rice is finished cooking, fluff it with a fork. Add the cilantro  lime mixture and fold it into the rice. Taste and adjust the salt if needed (my chicken broth contained enough salt, so I added none).