Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is a total staple at my house. I love to serve it alongside tacos or inside of burritos.

I mentioned last week that I have a bit of a thing for Mexican food. I wasn’t lying. I love it. I love cooking it and I love eating it and I love thinking about it.

I also love going to Chipotle, but the closest one to me is a good 45 minutes away. I don’t cry about it too much though. I just recreate my favorite dishes from there at home. Take, for example, this cilantro lime rice. It’s a Chipotle favorite of mine.

Or how about Qdoba?? Have you been to Qdoba? Their rice is good too.

Anyway, this rice is perfect served as a side with tacos, but it’s really good served inside the taco. Or inside the burrito. Or in a burrito bowl. Or on chocolate cake. Wait. What?

Just making sure you were paying attention.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a side dish for Mexican food, I think you’ll enjoy this lime cilantro rice. It’s super easy to prepare and it’s always a hit!


Cilantro Lime Rice

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy side dish recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Calories: 235 kcal

Cilantro lime rice is a total staple at my house. I love to serve it alongside tacos or inside of burritos.


  • 1 cup extra long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or more, to taste
  • Salt to taste


  1. Pour the rice, water, and 1 tbsp of the olive oil into a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil and continue boiling over medium heat until the water just skims the top of the rice.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat off after 15 minutes and keep covered for 5 more minutes.
  5. Remove lid and transfer the rice to a large bowl. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of the lime, and the finely chopped cilantro to the rice.
  6. Mix well and salt to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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