Add some zest to your rice with this flavorful and healthy cilantro lime rice recipe! Perfect for Mexican-inspired dishes or as a side dish for any meal.
Looking for a way to spice up your regular rice dish? Try this delicious and healthy cilantro lime rice.
With its fresh herbs and tangy citrus flavor, it's the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican-inspired dish. Plus, it's quick and easy to make - perfect for busy weeknights.
Cilantro lime rice is a great idea because it adds a new level of flavor to your typical rice dish. Instead of bland, plain rice, this recipe combines fresh cilantro and zesty lime juice to create a tangy and aromatic dish.
This recipe makes two servings, but can easily be increased by moving the "slide bar" in the recipe box below.
Cilantro is known for its antioxidant properties and ability to aid digestion; while limes are high in vitamin C which supports the immune system. Give this healthy and flavorful alternative a try for your next meal!
For this recipe you're going to need the following ingredients:
Rice: To save some time in preparation, I used Jasmine Minute Rice (or any quick cooking rice). This rice is ready in about 10 minutes for a quick, weeknight side dish.
Lime: Use lime zest and the juice.
Cilantro: I used one tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro.
How do you make cilantro Lime Rice?
Add the water, butter, lime zest and juice and cilantro to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
Next, add the rice, stir, cover the pot with a lid; then remove the pot from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff the rice with a fork; then serve hot.
Using Long Grain Rice
First, rinse the long grain rice using cold water until the water runs clear. Then, in a medium saucepan over high heat, combine 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water or chicken broth. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Let simmer for about 18-20 minutes, or until fully cooked. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
If you're looking to switch it up, there are a few variations and adaptations of this cilantro lime rice recipe that you can try.
For example, if you want to make it even healthier, you can substitute white rice with brown rice or quinoa. If you want to add some protein, consider adding cooked black beans or grilled chicken.
You can also add diced tomatoes, bell peppers or corn for some extra color and texture. And if you prefer a spicier version of the recipe, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or diced jalapeno peppers. Don't be afraid to experiment and make it your own!
Once you've made this delicious cilantro lime rice, you'll want to serve it warm and fresh for the best taste. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.
To reheat the rice, add a splash of water to a microwave-safe bowl, add some of the rice, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Stir and repeat until heated through.
This Cilantro Lime Rice would go perfectly with any Mexican-Inspired recipe. Some suggestions are Chili Lime Roasted Cornish Hens, Corona Grilled Pork Chops, Tex Mex Chicken or Cajun Lime Rib Eye Steak.
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Cilantro Lime Rice
- Add the water, butter, lime zest and juice and cilantro to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Next, add the rice, stir, cover the pot with a lid; then remove the pot from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff the rice with a fork; then serve hot.