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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice is just as quick & easy as a plain rice and super versatile! This zesty rice compliments any Mexican and Asian dishes and any meat!


  • 2 cups long grain rice, such as jasmine, basmati
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional, but highly recommended
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


  • To cook the rice on stovetop, in 2.5qt heavy-bottomed saucepan with a lid, combine rice, water, olive oil and salt.
  • Cover and bring it to a slow boil over medium high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low/simmer and cook for 15 minutes, covered.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for another 10 minutes, covered. Don’t be tempted to open the lid, because steam is what finishes the cooking.
  • Meanwhile, zest the lime using a microplane zester. (TIP: Only zest the green part without going into bitter white part.) Then cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice. You should get about 2 tablespoons of juice.
  • Once the rice is cooked, add lime zest, juice and chopped cilantro. Fluff the rice with a fork and mix everything together.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup, Calories: 186kcal, Carbohydrates: 37.9g, Protein: 3.4g, Fat: 2.1g, Sodium: 161.9mg, Sugar: 0.2g
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