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Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

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Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

I love easy recipes and this is one of the easiest and quickest side dishes to whip up for a quick meal. It also tastes amazing and is super versatile, so it goes with almost any dish.

I know that making rice can be intimidating for some, especially if you haven’t made it in a while. Cooking it for too long means sticky or mushy rice, and not cooking it long enough means it’s hard and nearly inedible.

Timing your rice is super important. After making it so many times, I know that my rice takes exactly 22 minutes to come out perfect. I just set a timer on my phone and binge watch some Netflix while I wait.

That’s why I love making rice. You do all the prep, cover it and then “set it and forget it.” Just like baking…lol. You set that timer and you just wait. The results are perfect every time.

It Starts with Toasting the Rice

This super easy cilantro lime rice recipe is carefully prepared with garlic, onions, chicken stock and of course, plenty of fresh cilantro and lime juice. It’s a light, but flavorful recipe, perfect for a family dinner. It’s also great for storing and reheating next day for leftovers or as part of your weekly meal prep.

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This recipe starts with toasting your rice, which add richness and gives the rice some texture so it can hold onto all of the delicious sauces or juicy proteins you’ll add to the plate.

You don’t have to toast it much to get the results you’re looking for. A light toasting goes a long way.

I usually add a pinch of salt as I mix in my chicken stock. Once covered, this warm, toasted rice is going to absorb all of those delicious flavors from the chicken stock and aromatic onions and garlic.

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Cilantro Lime Rice is Super Versatile

This rice is perfect with a soupy pollo verde, crispy carnitas or buttery seafood.

I personally like it with a hearty helping of slow cooker carnitas or shredded pork verde and a couple of fresh avocado slices. Sometimes I’ll even make a cilantro lime vinaigrette to drizzle over top of my rice.

It’s so easy, and so, so good! 😋

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Recipes That Pair Well with Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice is one of my favorite easy side dishes. It pairs well with so many different flavors, especially when it comes to Tex-Mex recipes. Here are a few recipes I’ve shared on the blog recently that you can try at home.

Now, onto the cilantro lime rice recipe! If you’ve tried this recipe, don’t forget to let me know how it turned out. I’m always excited to hear if you’ve enjoyed a recipe or see when you’ve shared your results.​​​​​​​

Enjoy!

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

This easy cilantro lime rice recipe is carefully prepared with garlic, onions, chicken stock and of course, plenty of fresh cilantro and lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or water with bullion cubes)
  • 1/2 cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a large skillet or pot and warm to medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté until nearly translucent.
  2. Turn heat down to low to medium-low. Add rice and garlic. Gently toast the rice, stirring frequently to prevent the rice and garlic from burning. If you hear sizzling while the rice is toasting, you may need to reduce the temperature further.
  3. Once lightly toasted, turn heat up to medium and move everything to the outer edges of the pan to prevent burning. Immediately pour chicken broth into the center of the pan.
  4. Stir into rice. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a LOW and cover. Rice should simmer about 20-25 minutes. (I usually time it for 22 minutes.)
  5. Once your time is up, turn off the stove and fluff rice gently with a fork (only fluff the top layer of the rice). Let set for an additional 10 minutes with lid ajar.
  6. While your rice is cooling, finely chop fresh cilantro. Roll and cut the lime in half. Once cooled, add chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice to your rice and mix to combine.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 164 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 250mg Carbohydrates 30g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Protein 3g
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