Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice makes a tasty side brightening up any dish. The color of the rice shows it's loaded with cilantro while the zest and juice of the lime creates an explosion of flavor. Serve as a side, in a wrap, or to make a burrito bowl.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Natalie


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves and tender stems divided
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt recommended: Diamond Crystal
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice - about 1 lime


  • Add half of the cilantro into a blender and blend with the water and set aside.
  • Add oil to a 1½ or 2 quart saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Saute garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the rice until rice is coated with oil then slowly add in cilantro water, salt, and lime zest.
  • Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes then remove from heat. Fluff rice with a fork. 
  • Chop remaining cilantro. Stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro and toss until distributed.
    Serve with anything you want to make delicious.