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Cilantro-Lime Rice


A stir-in of cilantro and lime juice transforms plain cooked rice into a lively side that's an ideal accompaniment for Mexican main dishes, such as Chicken Fajita Tostadas.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, April 2008


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add rice and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until water is absorbed and rice is just tender, 16 to 18 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water; blend until smooth. Stir into cooked rice, and fluff with a fork.

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  • 7927
    19 JUN, 2015
    This rice is awesome!!! Martha you are a goddess!
  • Tia Greene
    26 JAN, 2015
    Archer Farms used to make a Cilantro Lime boxed rice that I absolutely loved to serve on Taco Nights. Then, out of nowhere they stopped making it. I tried several other recipes I found on the Internet, but they weren't very good. This recipe came as a Godsend as it's even better than the boxed AF Rice because I'm using all fresh ingredients. I'm not a huge fan of the greenish color, but the taste more than makes up for it. Thank you!!
  • Love_Z
    13 JUL, 2014
    Simple and delicious! (Make extra mixture so the flavor is more intense.)
  • gingerbrew
    17 SEP, 2013
    I make this for big make your own taco parties. I usually increase the cilantro-rice mixture by 50% so that the rice is extremely flavorful. I also add a dash more salt as well.
  • Lee Ann Munson
    17 SEP, 2013
    Does it work as well with brown rice? Would love to make it but can only use brown rice.
  • Malenk
    24 JUL, 2013
    I made this and I love it. I love rice and we usually cook it in a rice cooker . Flavoring it with cilantro adds a lot of kick into it. Next time, we will eat it in burrito.
  • RaesRanch
    11 MAY, 2013
    Very Lovely and very cooling for hot weather or with hot food!
  • suzanhenry
    5 MAY, 2013
    mmmmm.... I am thinking roast the garlic with pepitos and a bit of lime juice or better yet zest, then add to the rice. Delicioso!
  • Ofelia LopezEspinoza
    8 JAN, 2013
    i loved this
  • franky2321
    24 OCT, 2012
    This was a great recipe! I used this to make the rice for my homemade burrito bowels.. It was VERY delicious, I did double the recipe so that I could have leftovers for the next day :)