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Cilantro lime rice in a bowl.
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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is a bright and flavorful dish that will freshen up any meal. It's easy to make and comes together quickly!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Rice, Cilantro Rice
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1 lime juice and zested
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped


  • Rinse rice in a fine mesh sieve until water runs clear, drain well, set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Then add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the rice and salt, and lightly toast and stir the rice for a minute. Then, add the water.
  • Bring it to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • Remove the pot from heat (keep it covered) and let it steam for 10 minutes.
  • Add the lime juice, lime zest, and chopped cilantro. Toss everything together and serve immediately!



Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg