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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

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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.