Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice has long been on my list of things to make! Like many people, I was introduced to it in undergrad during many trips to Chipotle. There’s something about it that really compliments a meal. I love how simple and delicious it is. Don’t you? That’s why you’re here, right?!

If you’re wondering how to make Cilantro Lime Rice like Chipotle, you’ll definitely want to check out this recipe! Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice is always perfectly cooked and simply seasoned with just enough cilantro added and a hint of lime. Keep reading to learn how to make it yourself!

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is really easy to make! With just a few ingredients, you’re ready to make the perfect side dish to your favorite tex-mex or Mexican inspired meal. You’ll start by adding all of the ingredients (except the cilantro) to a medium-sized non-stick pot. Next, you’ll adjust the temperature of the eye to a high temperature in order to bring the pot to a boil. Once the pot begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer on a medium-low heat.

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

At this point, you’ll notice that the amount of liquid will start to lessen. It’s important to stir the pot frequently in order to avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of the pot. This has happened to me before and it was no fun! Once the rice is nice and fluffy and all of the liquid is gone, it’s time to stir in the roughly chopped cilantro.

Can You Make Cilantro Lime Rice Ahead of Time?

You can absolutely make this easy Cilantro Lime Rice ahead of time! I used this rice to make burritos for my husband and I. We were able to make 8 burritos with them which took care of four dinners for us. We happily gobbled them down every night!

Wondering what Cilantro Lime Rice tastes like? It’s a simple rice dish accented by fresh herbs and a hint of citrus. The flavor isn’t terribly overpowering, unless you want it to be. When testing this recipe, I initially put entirely too much lime zest. To the point where that was all I could taste! As you might imagine, it didn’t taste great. I’m happy to say, I finally figured out the right balance with the recipe below. If you’re a huge fan of lime, you can certainly add more but the amount below was just right for me. Less is more.

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

What to Eat with Cilantro Lime Rice

Wondering what to pair with this dish? I’ve got a few recommendations for you! One of my favorites being this Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans. Such a perfect, yet simple and filling pairing! I could eat rice and beans everyday of the week!

This recipe would go great with:

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice


I know you’ll love this easy recipe. It pairs well with so many great dishes and makes for the perfect side dish. Hungry yet? Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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5 from 8 votes

Cilantro Lime Rice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Cilantro, Lime
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • tsp fresh lime zest
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • cups water
  • ½ tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro (loosely packed)


  • In a medium-sized non-stick pot, add all of the ingredients to a pot (except the cilantro).
  • Bring to a boil and cover with a lid. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer (low setting) and stir.
  • Continue stirring frequently to avoid sticking.
  • Once you notice that most of the liquid is gone, remove the lid.
  • Once all of the liquid is gone, stir in your cilantro and garnish with an extra squeeze of lime (if desired). Serve and enjoy!
Easy Cilantro Lime Rice


  1. This was so bomb! Perfect balance of lime and complimented my burrito flavors! Simple, easy, quick! 5 stars all around!

  2. Brittany R.

    5 stars
    OMG! I made this with ur black beans and put together a burrito like yours. I thought I was at Chipotle! So bomb!

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  4. 5 stars
    So good and so so easy! I was making this rice to make wraps, but ended up eating almost the whole bowl on its own. Couldn’t stop! My husband said it smelled like a restaurant while I was cooking and he loved it too. So glad I tried it.

  5. 5 stars
    My 2 year old only eats rice and potatoes. She loved this rice and has asked for it again!!

  6. 5 stars
    This was really easy! I loved the lime flavor of the rice! Great dish!

  7. 5 stars
    I love the zesty fresh flavors of this rice! It’s so delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for a properly made bowl of cilantro lime rice and this had me hook, line, and sinker. The grains of rice were tender and fluffy and that lime flavor was the perfect amount of tangy.

  9. 5 stars
    This rice came out perfectly! I love the tangy lime flavors.

  10. 5 stars
    This was so easy and full of flavor. I’ve followed other recipes before and my child just DID NOT like it. He’s eaten two burritos using the two recipes for this. Thanks for adding another staple to my recipe binder!

  11. 5 stars
    Definitely complemented the zesty shrimp tacos I made. Our daughter is 18 and was just told to follow the fodmap diet to help with her IBS. This was perfect for her – and us!

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