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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, asian, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 286kcal
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  • 2 Tbs salted butter
  • 1 ¼ cup long grain white rice uncooked
  • 2 Tbs lime juice or juice from 1 large lime
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 2 ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro finely chopped (divided in half)


  • Melt butter in a medium sized skillet.
  • Add in uncooked rice, lime juice, salt, cumin, chicken broth, and half of the cilantro (2 Tbs). Stir until combined.
  • Bring rice to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until rice has been cooked through.
  • Stir in second half (2 Tbs) fresh cilantro.
  • Garnish with additional cilantro and fresh limes, optional.


Cooked cilantro adds more flavor. I added half of the cilantro in the rice because it helps fuse the cilantro flavor into the rice. When the cilantro is cooked, it tends to take on a slightly different flavor than the fresh cilantro, adding a greater depth of flavor to your cilantro lime rice.
For an even more citrusy rice, add in some lime zest!
If you use brown rice make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
You can use slated or unsalted butter in a pinch.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg