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Cilantro Lime Rice


posted: 04/18/18

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This Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is just like what you get in your go to burrito at your favorite Tex Mex restaurant! It is delicious, easy, and only three ingredients.

Love this but want a lighter version? Make my Cilantro Lime Quinoa!

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I have a tropical cocktail recipe in mind for a cocktail because snow. So this week Nathan bought a coconut at the grocery store because I thought it would look great in the pictures. You guys. My family is obsessed with it. They have called dibs on the water and the “meat” of it when I’m done with it.

Yesterday Piper asked me 4.2 billion times if she could have the coconut. Towards the end of the day she was whimpering and when I asked her why she said, “I don’t want to tell you because I’m talking about it too much.” I said, “Piper. Are you thinking about the coconut again?”

She was. ????

Who can blame her? The weather is garbage, and I just need tropical food ASAP. This Cilantro Lime Rice is more like tropical adjacent. With the lime and cilantro it has some great Tex Mex vibes that remind you of eating at Chipotle, Q-Doba, and Cafe Rio. I love a big bowl of cilantro lime rice and chicken with all the fixings!

bowl of cilantro lime rice chipotle


This rice could not be more simple to make. You will make it once, and wonder why you haven’t been making it every time you have taco night.

  1. Bring 2 cups of rice and four cups of water to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed.
  3. Fluff the rice, transfer it to a bowl, and stir in cilantro and lime juice.

Ridiculously easy, right?

spoonful of cilantro lime rice


The possibilities are endless in our house for taco night. I love a bowl of cilantro lime rice with black beans. Here are some other great recipes to throw into the mix with your lime cilantro rice.

  • It would go perfect next to my tacos made with my TACO MEAT.
  • If you are having taco night, you really need to be making my PICO DE GALLO.
  • And where there are tacos, there should really be MARGARITAS!

If you make this recipe or any of my recipes, leave me a comment and let me know!

spoonful of rice with lime and cilantro with bowl in the background

overhead view of bowl of cilantro lime rice recipe
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Cilantro Lime Rice

Serves: 5 cups
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Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
With only three ingredients, this Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is perfect for all of your taco night needs. It is such a great easy side dish recipe!


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons) (see note)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Bring rice and water to a boil.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed.
  • Stir in chopped cilantro and lime juice.


If you like your rice to have a stronger lime flavor, add more, though a little goes a long way
Calories: 207kcal (10%) Carbohydrates: 45g (15%) Protein: 4g (8%) Sodium: 4mg Potassium: 11mg Fiber: 1g (4%) Vitamin C: 3.3mg (4%) Calcium: 10mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican


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  1. Susan says

    I’m making Cilantro lime rice for dinner tonight with chili lime shrimp.

    I have been making cilantro lime rice for years without a recipe. So easy.

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      • Rebecca Hofstetter says

        I was trying to find the recipe for the chocolate yogurt coconut cookies. And also for the apple pumpkin dump cake

  2. Deborah Ford says

    I was reading the recipe for the cilantro lime rice. P.S. You’ve got my curiosity up. What’s the coconut for? Also I’m trying your Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas tonight. I don’t cook very much, I’m single and all recipes make so much, so wish me luck!

    • Lisa Longley says

      That was such a random thing for me to write in that post, hahaha! It was for photographing my Pina Colada!

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