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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 (1/2-cup) servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Simmer or Instant Pot


This quick and easy Cilantro Lime Rice is full of fresh, flavorful ingredients. It makes the perfect side for your favorite Mexican-inspired or Asian-inspired main dish. I find it’s best with Basmati rice, but see substitutions in the notes. If you love this recipe, give it a rating in the comments below to help other readers.



  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked Basmati rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken, vegetable broth, or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • zest of one organic lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems


Stovetop Method:

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add broth (or water) and salt to rice; stir to combine.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 13 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in lime zest, lime juice, and chopped cilantro. Store in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.

InstantPot Method:

  1. To make Cilantro Lime Rice in your Instant Pot, add 1 1/4 cups rinsed Basmati rice, 2 teaspoons avocado oil, 1 1/4 cups broth or water, and 1 teaspoon salt to your Instant Pot. Set the manual setting to pressure cook 8 minutes. When the 8 minutes is up, allow the pressure to release naturally 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  2. Open the lid (be sure all pressure is released first), then stir in the zest of one organic lime, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 3/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems. Fold together and enjoy.

Cilantro lime rice will keep in your refrigerator, covered, 4-5 days. Freezes well.


Choosing your rice:

Feel free to choose your favorite rice. While brown rice is higher in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it also takes a bit longer to cook. Brown rice tends to be naturally higher in arsenic because it’s not processed, so I eat it sparingly. (In fact, rice accumulates more arsenic than other food crops [1].) White rice can still be part of a healthy eating plan when used as a side dish and consumed in moderation. In short, it’s healthy to vary the types of rice you consume.

Basmati rice is a type of long-grain white rice that is higher in fiber and is lower on the glycemic index than most white rice, so I think it’s a great choice here.

If you choose to use brown rice, follow the package instructions for cook time and stir in the remaining ingredients in the recipe.

Keywords: Cilantro Lime Rice