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A white bowl of cilantro lime rice garnished with lime wedges on top.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is an easy rice side dish that is a dump and go Instant Pot recipe. Long grain rice, chicken broth, oil, water, lime, and cilantro are all you need for this perfectly fluffy cilantro lime rice. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cilantro lime rice pressure cooker, instant pot cilantro lime rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 people (about ½ cup each)
Calories 203kcal
Author Jessica - Together as Family


  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • zest & juice of 1 lime (about 1 large lime)


  • Add chicken broth, water, oil, lime juice, and long-grain rice into the insert of the Instant Pot. Stir. 
  • Cover with the lid making sure the valve is in the 'sealed' position. Do a manual cook for 12 minutes.
  • Once cook time is done leave the rice in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes. Which means don't take off the lid and don't release the sealed valve. Just let it sit there for 5 minutes once the cook time is done.
    Do a quick release (move the valve from the sealing position) for the remaining pressure. Fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Add chopped cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and stir together to combine. Transfer rice to a serving bowl and serve!


Limes : You will need to 2 large limes for this recipe. Each lime is about 2 tablespoons of lime juice. If the limes at the store are smaller then get 3-4 of them just to be safe.
Lime Zest : It's easiest to use a citrus zester to zest a lime. You also want to make sure that you are only zesting the very most outer layer of the lime skin. Any deeper than the green skin and it becomes really bitter. You can also use the fine side of a cheese grater if you don't have a lime zester. 
Chicken Broth : I use full salt chicken broth as I think it gives the best flavor. I would not recommend using reduced-sodium chicken broth unless of course you are trying to watch your sodium intake OR you want to be able to control the amount of salt in the recipe. 
Rice : Use long grain white rice in this recipe. You can experiment with using brown rice but brown rice needs a much longer cook time and more water in order to cook properly, so the recipe will have to be adjusted. 


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg