Cilantro Lime Rice

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Easy to make  Cilantro Lime Rice recipe made with Jasmine Rice is the absolute BEST! Better than Chipotle's! It makes a great side dish with Mexican or Asian night! 

Cilantro Lime Rice in a large Stainless Steel Pan.

We usually have Mexican Food night at least once a week since we're a bunch of Mexican Foodaholics in our house, and Cilantro Lime Rice is a staple.

I'm pretty sure we could live the rest of our lives off of Mexican food and be completely content.

We either make Cilantro Lime Rice or our other favorite Restaurant Style Mexican Rice to go with the meal. It's sort of a copycat of Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice but according to the fam it's even better.

I'll let you be the judge of that for yourself! 

But I do know this rice packs plenty of flavor and makes a nice light side dish. It's also super easy to make which is a win in my book.

Sautéed onions in a stainless steel pan for Cilantro Lime Rice.

In a large saute pan with a lid add 2 teaspoons Olive Oil or Cooking Oil of choice and add 1/3 cup Finely Minced Onion.

Cook over medium heat until onion starts to soften and becomes fragrant.

Jasmine Rice being added to sautéed onions in a large stainless steel pan.

  • 2 cups Long Grain Jasmine
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Cook until garlic becomes fragrant and rice is slightly translucent.

(Jasmine Rice for obvious reasons isn't traditional but I love the smell and I prefer it.) 

Water added to Jasmine Rice in a large stainless steel pan for Cilantro Lime Rice.

Stir in 3 cups Water. Cover pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook until water is absorbed about 15-20 minutes.

Whatever you do don't stir the rice or it will become sticky! 

Chopped Cilantro added to cooked Jasmine Rice in a stainless steel pan for Cilantro Lime Rice.

Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Stir in 2 tablespoons Lime Juice about 1 whole Lime Juiced and 1/3 cup Chopped Cilantro.

Cilantro Lime Rice in a large stainless steel pan.

At this point our house was smelling pretty amazing. We absolutely adore Cilantro Lime Rice, and I know you will too.

And in case your feeding an army this Restaurant Style Mexican Rice is our other Mexican night favorite sure to hit the spot! 

A few of our favorite Mexican main courses we love to have with Cilantro Lime Rice are:

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Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Easy to make Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect side dish made with Jasmine Rice for Mexican or with Asian night. A great copy cat of Chipotle.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil Or Cooking Oil
  • 1/3 cup Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 whole Lime Juiced or To Taste ( 2 tablespoons in case your limes not juicy)
  • 1/3 cup Cilantro Leaves, Chopped


  1. In a large saute pan, or pot, with a lid add oil, and onion. Cook over medium heat, until onion starts to soften, and becomes fragrant.
  2. Stir in garlic, rice, and salt. Cook until rice starts to become translucent, and garlic is fragrant.
  3. Stir in water. Cover pot, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cook, until rice has absorbed all of the water about 15-20 minutes. Do not stir rice while it cooks or it will become sticky.
  4. Remove from heat, and fluff rice with a fork. Stir in lime juice, and cilantro. Serve immediately.



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Easy to make Cilantro Lime Rice.


  1. I've had some bad experiences with various cilantro-lime rice recipes (one was downright inedible and went into the trash, even!), so I'm all for trying a recipe that your family loves - it looks fantastic! And as it happens, I even have extra limes on hand...!

    1. Going into the trash is never a good thing! Hopefully this one lives up to the test in your house like it did in ours! I've made if for quite sometime and wasn't going to share because there are a lot of them out there but I realized I make mine different then the other ones I saw so I thought it was worth sharing!

    2. I just made this for dinner tonight! Much better than the recipes I've tried in the past. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    3. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! Have a wonderful evening! Serena

  2. I just tried to make this...2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water didn't cook my rice all the way...most of it is still undercooked and all the water is gone :-/

    1. The only thing I can think of is either your lid wasn't snug enough or it boiled to hard and the water evaporated too quickly. If you happened to use brown rice it will also require additional water. Sorry to hear it didn't work for you. Did you use Jasmine Rice or Long Grain?

  3. Lindsay Little2/09/2016 02:23:00 PM

    Cilantro and lime are two of may favorite flavors. This turned out great! Would work well as a lightly flavored side. May try adding cumin next time and some black beans.

    1. I may try that too! We love black beans!I'm glad the pictures help! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know!

  4. Lindsay Little2/10/2016 01:38:00 PM

    Ps- Your pictures and directions were very helpful! Thanks! :)

  5. Could you use chicken stock or broth instead of water for more flavor?

    1. You might need to add more lime juice to balance the flavor of the stock.

  6. I don't have Jasmine rice, could long grain be used instead?

    1. Yes but I would do 3 1/2 cups water for long grain rice.

  7. I have made this several times & each time it gets better. My son absolutely loves this dish, he asks for it all the time now. This was a hit in my house. Made it as directed.
    Thanks so much for posting the recipe.

  8. The rice came out perfect! Tonight's dinner: Tilapia, cilantro lime rice, zucchini, and a cup of chicken tortilla soup... yum!

  9. Jasmine rice takes less water to cook than long grain white rice. You will have to adjust (add more) water if you use long grain.

  10. Can you make this using a rice cooker?

  11. I just made this last night for taco night with the neighbors. This was my first time making cilantro lime rice. It was a big hit with everybody going back for more rice! I got caught without fresh garlic so I substituted a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. I used calrose rice since that's what I have in the house right now. Can't wait to try it with Jasmine rice which we often have. Also, since I have a rice cooker and love it, after everything was done in the skillet I just threw it all in the rice cooker and added the water and then finished with the lime and cilantro per the directions. it cooked up perfectly! Thanks for taking the time to share your recipe!

  12. This is a recipe we come back to time and again. Very tasty. Thank you for sharing.

  13. The calorie amount (75mg per serving) is waaay off. There's 160 calories in 1/4 cup Jasmine rice alone, and this recipe offers at least 1/3 per serving (dry). Very tasty, though, and I am sharing with my sister.

  14. Can you just double this recipe or do you need to make changes?

    1. Hi Nancy, You should be able to double it just fine! Just make sure you use a big enough pot! Thanks, Serena

  15. How does this dish do reheating?


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