Rice is such a tasty and inexpensive side dish. Jazz it up quickly and easily to make this tasty Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe. The entire family will enjoy it.

Cilantro lime rice recipe

My kids love rice! If I make plain white rice, they respond… “You made my favorite rice!” Really? Plain white rice is their favorite?

Well, plain white rice isn’t my favorite, so I decided to jazz it up a bit. With a bit of hesitancy, I amazed myself. This rice is delightful and definitely going to be a regular here.

The best part… it is practically just plain white rice. If you can boil rice, you can make this recipe.

This rice is amazing! Serve it with  the Cilantro lime chicken for an amazing dinner. But this goes great with almost anything!

Did you know you can freeze rice? It’s very simple. Learn how to freeze rice and you can take it out of the freezer for a quick side dish.

We like to serve this delicious rice with The Best Crockpot Chicken Tacos Recipe.  With only 3 ingredients, these tacos are so quick and simple.

Cilantro rice is such a quick and delicious side dish idea!

Lets make Lime cilantro rice!

You will love the lime flavor. Sometimes, we make burrito bowls with this delicious rice.

Just set out different bowls of meat and toppings. Let your family choose what they like and you have burrito bowls!

Put about ½ cup rice in each bowl. It’s a great way to stretch the meat and feed a crowd.

This is also really great for parties. You can’t go wrong with rice because it’s so easy and inexpensive.

I love cilantro lime rice with just black beans. Yum!

Ingredients needed for Cilantro lime rice:

  • 3 cups dry long grain rice
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 lime
  • handful of cilantro – (chopped cilantro)

How to make Easy cilantro lime rice :

  1. In a medium size pot, combine 3 cups of rice with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once you have a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook the rice for 15 minutes or 20 minutes until rice is tender.
  3. Remove from heat. Add garlic salt and chopped cilantro.
  4. Squeeze the lime over rice. Stir.
  5. Add lid and let sit for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.Feel free to substitute chicken broth for water. It is totally optional but adds a lot of flavor.  Sometimes I also add a little olive oil.** This is a double recipe. It will make a lot of rice. I do this, because you can then freeze the rest so you have an easy side dish later. (learn how to freeze rice)

You can also use a rice cooker but I find it just as easy to boil on the stove top.

The results of the Cilantro lime rice:

My kids were mad at me that I put “green stuff” in their beloved white rice.  However, I absolutely loved the rice. 🙂

What about cilantro lime brown rice?

Simple substitute brown rice for the white rice. We love it just as much! Plus, it’s a nice change.

Print this Chipotle cilantro lime rice recipe below:

Cilantro Lime Rice

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Try Cilantro lime rice recipe for an easy side dish. Cilantro lime rice is so quick. Everyone will enjoy Chipotle cilantro lime rice recipe. So good!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12
Course Side Dish
Calories 171
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 3 cups dry long grain rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)


  • In a medium size pot, combine 3 cups rice with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil.
  • Once you have a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until most of the water is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat. Add garlic salt and chopped cilantro.
  • Squeeze the lime over rice. Stir.
  • Add lid and let sit for 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days. 
*You can also freeze the rice in a freezer bag for up to 2-3 months.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 171kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 3g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Sodium 299mg, Potassium 62mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 48IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 19mg, Iron 1mg

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This recipe for cilantro lime rice is our favorite! 

Learn how to make street tacos for an easy and delicious dinner idea perfect for busy weeknights.

Make sure you head on over here to learn how to freeze your leftover rice easily for an easy future dinner.

Cilantro lime rice is a delicious side dish that is very budget friendly. It goes a long way and makes a great side dish.

It also bulks up a meal and really stretch the meat. It’s a win all around!

Sometimes I add a splash of salsa in my rice. So good!

Let us know what you think. It will be a hit!

For another easy recipe, try this delicious 15-Minute Parmesan Couscous recipe today.

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  1. Hi Carrie,

    I’ve been very blessed with all the recipes and wealth of information you offer. I’ve learned soooo much. I too am culinary but see your knowledge as indispensible! It looks like it’s your ministry. My husband just read that Dept of Homeland Security said to store 2 weeks of food due to the China virus. My mom had 8 children but 3 died as infants. I’m the youngest. I enjoy your email and enjoy them immensely. Just a note about rice. I use either Knorr or parboiled, which is wonderful rice. Regardless of the rice, it only takes 10 minutes on med. heat once it starts boiling, no more. I keep the lid on and it never fails for the same time. Parboiled is very nutritious, the best unseasoned rice I’ve found and comes in large amounts. God bless and thanks again for your work of love. Tammy