Cilantro-Lime Rice


Cilantro Lime Rice is a simple side that’s full of flavor and it pairs perfectly with just about any Mexican or Southwestern dish, plus it’s easy to make! Chances are you’ve had it at a popular Mexican chain restaurant but nows the time to learn how to make it at home. It has such a bright fresh flavor that will leave you craving more!

Cilantro Lime Rice Cooking in pan

Cilantro Lime Rice

My family loves this cilantro rice and I love that it’s one of those things we can all agree on.

It makes perfect left over rice so you could definitely make it a day in advance and just rewarm it the following day, I’d say the texture is even better after it has rested a while in the fridge.

It also makes a great filling for your favorite burritos or even as a topping on a Mexican salad.

Cilantro Rice with Lime in bowl

How To Make Cilantro Lime Rice

To make this you simply saute onions, rice and garlic in oil. Then add in chicken broth and fresh lime juice, and green chilies for one more layer of flavor.

Then you simmer that mixture for 20 minute. And you finish it by tossing in plenty of fresh cilantro. Easy as that!

How to make cilantro lime rice at home

Can I Make This in a Rice Cooker?

I haven’t tested it yet in a rice cooker it should work just as well. If doing so skip the sautéing step.

Have You Tried it With Brown Rice?

I’d also love to try this with brown rice sometime since it’s a healthier option, if you beat me to it please let me know how it turns out (of course just don’t forget that extra simmering time since brown rice takes longer than white rice).

Add a Jalapeno for a Nice Kick

I think a fresh jalapeño would be great in this too. Just seed and mince then add along with the onion.

Spoon full of Cilantro Lime Rice

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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

4.75 from 4 votes

This is easy side dish to all your favorite Mexican and Southwestern main dishes. It's brimming with those bright fresh cilantro and lime flavors, and it's perfectly hearty and satisfying. 

Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups dry long grain white rice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic (1 large clove)
  • 2 3/4 cups hot water
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Rinse rice in a fine mesh sieve until water runs clear, drain well, set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute 30 seconds.

  3. Pour in water, 1 Tbsp lime juice and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  4. Add rice and spread even. Reduce heat to low, cover with a snug lid and let simmer until water has been absorbed, about 18 - 20 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, 10 minutes.  

  6. Stir in cilantro and remaining 1 Tbsp lime juice. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Potassium 175mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Rice
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
Post first shared Feb. 2016, recipe has been updated. If you’d still like the green chilies added I recommend adding in a 4 oz. can, drained well at the end with the cilantro.


  • Cindy Garrison: I made this two times. Once for work and once for labor day. Everyone loved it. We’re having a Mexican carry in and It’s one of the things I’m making by request. September 12, 2018 at 4:14am Reply

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