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Cilantro and Lime Rice

Cilantro and Lime Rice

I have always wanted to try making this rice dish and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to do it. I found this recipe on Closet Cooking and trusted that it would be good because Kevin always has great recipes. It was not only really simple to make it also had very little clean-up. I loved the cilantro and subtle lime flavor – it tasted fantastic and was a big hit with my family. This dish paired nicely with the Southwestern Flank Steak. I plan on making this rice again and again. Thanks for the great recipe, Kevin.

Cilantro and Lime Rice:


Adapted recipe and photo by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe from Closet Cooking
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long grained rice (brown or white)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime

Cilantro and Lime Rice

How to Make Cilantro and Lime Rice

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft and tender.

Add the rice and garlic then cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.

Add the water and chicken bouillon granules, bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce the heat, and simmer, until tender, about 20-25 minutes for white rice and 40-45 minutes for brown rice.

Remove from heat and mix with the cilantro, lime juice, and zest. Enjoy.

Cilantro and Lime Rice


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net

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  1. mmmh. I am always a fan of a good rice. This looks perfect to use in a burriot. It reminds me of the rice they put in Chipotle Burritos.

  2. What a perfect side! I'd love this with just a bit of chicken in a wrap as a main dish too.

    Unfortunately, my son is one of those "cilantro tastes like soap" people, so I don't get to use it as much as a like.

  3. i am a rice lover and i love fried rice. i love the color green. pairing this with pork or chicken will make me gain weight… i want to try this. ^^

  4. Well, I've never been a big fan of cilantro (can't eat any food, incl. Mexican food, if cilantro is in it). But my daughter loves to cook with it, so I grow it in my herb garden. Your recipe for Cilantro and Lime Rice (we grow our own citrus, too), though, looks delicious. I'm going to give it a try!

    – Keep up the good work on you blog. – David


  5. I really enjoy how fresh the rice is with the cilantro and lime. The chicken bouillon or cooking the rice in chicken broth would add a nice flavour as well!