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Cilantro Lime Rice

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posted: 04/18/18

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This Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is fresh, flavorful and tastes just like what you get at your favorite Tex Mex restaurant. And with just three ingredients, you can easily make it at home!

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This Cilantro Lime Rice is so flavorful and easy to make! All three ingredients are in the actual title, so there’s no funny business or complicated recipes to follow for this one. The fragrant cilantro and tangy lime has some terrific Tex-Mex vibes, and tastes exactly like what you’d get at Chipotle, Q-Doba and Cafe Rio. I love a big bowl of this rice and chicken with all the fixings!

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

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How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice

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. Only three ingredients, only three steps!

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

What to Serve with this Rice Side Dish

The possibilities are endless in our house on taco night. I love a bowl of cilantro lime rice with black beans and veggies. Here are some other tasty recipes to throw into the mix with your rice side dish. My kids love it wrapped in a burrito shell with some ground beef and cheese.

  • 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
5 from 1 vote

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


  • Rinse the dry rice until the water runs clear.
  • 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 lime juice, 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
overhead view of bowl of cilantro lime rice recipe

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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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        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!

  3. Carrie says

    Your hamburger seasoning is out of this world good.
    Thank you! I will be sharing it with friends and family.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

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