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Perfect Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice. This tender, fluffy rice is flavored with fresh zesty lime juice and chopped cilantro. Perfect for serving alongside chicken, fish, or shrimp. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 6
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Serene


  • 1 tbsp oil olive oil, avocado oil
  • 2 cups long grain white rice* rinsed*
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • ½ tsp lime zest
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and stir, coating with the oil.
  • Add in the sliced green onion to saute while the rice fries. Continue cooking until the rice starts to toast and turn a golden color.
  • When the rice is toasted, add the garlic, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, keep the heat at medium heat. Stir in the salt and lime zest.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer. Cover the skillet with a lid. Turn the heat to LOW. Cook covered for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, remove the skillet from the heat, keeping the lid on. Let the rice sit for 10 minutes, undisturbed.
  • After resting 10 mintues, remove the lid, fluff the rice.
  • Stir in the chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Serve warm.



  1. Types of long grain rice:
  • American long white rice: basic, and classic. Easy to find and not expensive in most markets.
  • Basmati rice: a very popular choice for Mexican rices. 
  • Jasmine rice: one of my new favorites to use when making Mexican rice and this cilantro lime rice. It has a fragrance when you fry it up and cooks beautifully.
2. Rinsing Rice: To rinse the rice place into a fine mesh strainer. Pour water over the rice and rinse until the liquid runs clear. This helps remove excess starch and any other impurities on the surface of the rice. Another option would be to soak the rice and then strain out the excess water. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1159mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg