Cilantro Lime Rice

October 8th, 2010 by katie

Here is an easy side to serve with your Mexican dishes.  Fluffy white rice tossed with fresh squeezed lime juice and chopped cilantro can make a light dish more substantial or a hearty dish a little lighter.  I am not a huge fan of the tomato based Mexican rice dishes but this rice adds just enough extra flavor while still being a blank canvas for highlighting the flavors in the main dish.  I always serve it alongside Chipotle Chicken Salad and it would go great with Enchiladas, Veggie Enchiladas, Tacos or Fajitas.  Or tuck it into burritos with chicken, refried beans, guacamole and pico for a great on the go lunch or dinner. 

This is only a loose recipe, you can make as much or as little as needed, just taste as you go and decide when the amount of salt, lime, and cilantro is just right.

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • cooked white rice
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • fresh squeezed lime juice, 4-6 limes for about 4 servings or rice
  • coarse salt, to taste
  1. Cook or re-warm white rice.  Fluff with a fork and allow to cool briefly.
  2. Begin by adding the juice of one lime to the warm rice, stir to combine and taste.  Continue adding fresh lime juice until rice is tangy enough.
  3. Repeat with the cilantro, add a few tablespoons at a time until the flavor comes through.
  4. Repeat again with the salt (do salt last because the acidity of the lime juice will brighten up the flavors a lot and you may not need as much salt as you normally would), just adding a few pinches at a time and stirring well then tasting.
  5. Taste dish again and adjust flavors as needed.
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5 Responses

  1. Susan

    Yum, this is one of our favorite rice side dishes, too. I think I saw it originally saw it in Martha Stewart Everyday Food. Thanks!

  2. Lindsay

    We made this last night. It was a great addition to our meal. Kelly came over and we all pigged out!!

  3. Lisa

    I’m definitely printing this one out for taco night. I’m also not a fan of the tomato based rice and am always at a loss when thinking about ways to spice up (ha ha) taco night. Great pic, too.

  4. DailyChef

    Reminds me of the rice at Chipotle…which I consider a compliment, since I love Chipotle! Guilty pleasure 😛

  5. Biz

    Thanks for this recipe Katie! I love the rice at Chipotle, I’ve only been there once, but the rice is the only thing that stood out to me! 😀

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