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Cilantro Lime Rice

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Cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish, for burritos, nachos, or even a taco salad. So many options! Delicious toasted rice is cooked to perfection in a flavorful chicken broth full of spices, cilantro and lime. This is the best cilantro lime rice and turns out perfect every single time.

Cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish, for burritos, nachos, or even a taco salad. So many options! Delicious toasted rice is cooked to perfection in a flavorful chicken broth full of spices, cilantro and lime. This is the best cilantro lime rice and turns out perfect every single time.

It’s no secret by now that we are huge fans of Mexican food at our house. These honey lime chicken taquitos are one of my family’s favorite dinner. If I am serving those taquitos then this cilantro lime rice will be right next to it.

Whenever I need some type of rice either for a taco salad, rice bowl, inside a burrito, etc. I always make this cilantro lime rice. It cooks perfectly each and every time. Recipes like that are my favorite!

Cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish, for burritos, nachos, or even a taco salad. So many options! Delicious toasted rice is cooked to perfection in a flavorful chicken broth full of spices, cilantro and lime. This is the best cilantro lime rice and turns out perfect every single time.

 I have made this rice more times than I can count. Through the years of making it I have found that the best rice to use is basmati.

Basmati rice is more expensive than long-grain rice but it is the only rice that has worked for me every single time. If you don’t want to buy the basmati then the next best alternative to use is long-grain rice or jasmine rice works well too. 

Cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish, for burritos, nachos, or even a taco salad. So many options! Delicious toasted rice is cooked to perfection in a flavorful chicken broth full of spices, cilantro and lime. This is the best cilantro lime rice and turns out perfect every single time.

What makes this rice stand out is the toasting of the rice in butter. It brings out such a great flavor and helps the rice cook better.

I also love the fresh lime zest too. You will need a citrus zester so be sure you have one handy. I ordered mine on Amazon or any store would have one too.

This cilantro lime rice goes perfect with these dinners

 

Cilantro Lime Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish, for burritos, nachos, or even a taco salad. So many options! Delicious toasted rice is cooked to perfection in a flavorful chicken broth full of spices, cilantro and lime. This is the best cilantro lime rice and turns out perfect every single time.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro lime rice, mexican, rice, side dish
Calories: 81 kcal
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups basmati rice
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat combine the butter and dry, uncooked rice. Stir together to toast the rice until the butter has melted. 

  2. Once butter has melted and rice smells fragrant (about 2-3 minutes) add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil and then cover with lid and turn heat down to low. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes. All of the liquid should be absorbed. 

  4. Fluff with fork and serve. 

Recipe Notes

I have found that basmati rice is the best rice to use for this. The next best alternative is long-grain rice or even jasmine rice. I only use the basmati rice because whenever I use long-grain rice on the stove top, it tends to come out wetter and mushier than what I like. 

 

The lime zest adds so much to this rice. They are inexpensive and can be found most places. I bought mine on amazon. 

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Cilantro lime rice is the perfect side dish, for burritos, nachos, or even a taco salad. So many options! Delicious toasted rice is cooked to perfection in a flavorful chicken broth full of spices, cilantro and lime. This is the best cilantro lime rice and turns out perfect every single time.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Denman
    April 30, 2015 at 10:26 pm I love cilantro and lime....what's not to love about this! Trying it soon! Popping by from My Turn From Us.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 30, 2015 at 11:01 pm Thanks for stopping by :) I love the 'freedom fridays' link party you host. Thanks so much for the comment, and yes this rice is delicious. In fact, I just made it last night for dinner. Have a great weekend!
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    Mars Meadows
    July 26, 2018 at 11:47 am This is by far the best rice I have made... I used two whole limes to add that zest... 5 stars
  • Reply
    Heather
    October 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm Do you think this could be made with quinoa?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      October 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm I think it could. I’ve never done it but I believe the water to rice ratio is the same for quinoa.
  • Reply
    Mary Dodds
    October 29, 2018 at 9:39 pm Made this recipe exactly as written and it turned out great! Used all vegan ingredients - earth balance for butter and vegetable broth. Don’t be shy about adding full amounts (or more) of lime and cilantro. Flavor is fantastic. I felt it was a teensy bit dry so next time will use 2.5 cups broth.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm Oh yes, for sure adding more broth will help. I prefer rice on the drier side but not too dry. So glad you could use vegan ingredients for this. Thanks for commenting.

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