January 15, 2021

Cilantro Lime Rice

The best Cilantro Lime Rice (better than Chipotle!) and so easy to make! This simple side dish can easily be paired so many different meals and never disappoints. If you are looking for a delicious staple recipe to keep in your healthy recipe arsenal, this is it!

cilantro lime rice in bowl with limes and cilantro

The Best (Better Than Chipotle!) Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

If you think that the only place you can get perfectly cooked cilantro rice is Chipotle, think again! You can make it from scratch at home with even better results.

This cilantro lime rice is a staple recipe in our home that I make at least once a week. The rice is perfectly fluffy, flavorful, uses simple ingredients, and is incredibly easy to make.

Not only is it delicious, this side dish is very versatile and pairs with so many different dishes. It stores and freezes well and is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket to complete a quick weeknight meal.

cilantro lime rice ingredients

All the Ingredients You Need

(full recipe and instructions in the recipe card, below)

Long Grain Rice: My favorite rice to use for this recipe is Jasmine rice, however you can use your favorite long-grain rice of choice. Basmati rice would also be a great choice.

Oil: A little oil adds flavor and gives the rice wonderful texture. Avocado or olive oil will both work well.

Full Fat Coconut Milk: I love adding coconut milk to my rice for the most delicious texture and flavor. Be sure to use full-fat canned coconut milk for this recipe and not the coconut milk that you find in the refrigerated section.

Cilantro: Lots of fresh cilantro adds so much flavor to the rice. Be sure to use both the leaves and stems when you chop it up.

Fresh Lime Juice: The combination of fresh lime juice and cilantro is undefeated. Be sure to use fresh squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.

rice in pot with coconut oil being poured in

How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice

(full recipe and instructions in the recipe card, below)

Step One: Add the oil, rice, coconut milk, water, and salt, to a medium non-stick saucepan that has a tight fitting lid. Bring the rice to a boil, cover with the lid, and reduce the heat to a simmer. 

Step Two: Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes until all of the liquid has absorbed or according to the instructions on the package. 

Step Three: Once the rice has cooked, fluff it with a fork and let cool slightly. 

Step Four: Next, add the lime juice, chopped cilantro, and lime zest. 

Step Five: Use a fork to continue to fluff the rice until everything is well combined and then give the rice a taste. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and enjoy warm!

cooked rice in pot with lid

How to Store Leftover Rice

Fridge: Once the rice has cooled, transfer it to an air-tight food storage container and store in the fridge for up to five days.

Freezer: One of my favorite things to do is to freeze leftover rice. It makes delicious stir-fried rice and is easy to reheat. To freeze your rice, let it come to a cool, and then transfer it to a freezer safe storage container or freezer bag. Store the rice for up to three months.

Serving Suggestions

rice in pot with cilantro on top

Tips, Tricks, and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do not skip the step of rinsing your rice. I know it may seem like a pain but it helps to remove excess starch which gives you the fluffiest rice.
  • Want a more neutral rice? Feel free to leave out the cilantro and lime juice at the end for a simple flavorful white rice.
  • Add even more flavor. Throw in a bay leaf to the rice while it is cooking for even more flavorful rice.
  • Want to add more nutrition? If you want to add even more flavor and nutrition to your rice, you can use chicken broth instead of water. The flavor of the rice will change a bit so keep that in mind.

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cilantro lime rice in bowl

hope you give this Cilantro Lime Rice try! It is so easy to make and the perfect side for so many different meals.

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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Casey Colodny / THE MINDFUL HAPA

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Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil (can be avocado or olive)
  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • 113.5 oz can of full fat coconut milk 
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Zest of one lime 
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro

Method

  1. Add the oil, rice, coconut milk, water, and salt, to a medium non-stick saucepan that has a tight fitting lid. Bring the rice to a boil, cover with the lid, and reduce the heat to a simmer. 
  2. Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes until all of the liquid has absorbed or according to the instructions on the package. 
  3. Once the rice has cooked, fluff it with a fork and let cool slightly. 
  4. Next, add the lime juice, chopped cilantro, and lime zest. 
  5. Use a fork to continue to fluff the rice until everything is well combined and then give the rice a taste. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and enjoy warm!

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    24 comments
  1. This rice is so easy, and delicious! I used low fat coconut milk and it was amazing, such a moist, flavorful, melt in your mouth side.

  2. I made this tonight to go along with steak tacos and my family loved it! I was afraid the coconut milk would be too strong but it wasn’t. Just great flavor! I used long grain white rice as that’s what I had and it worked fine. Will be making this again for sure.

  3. Game changer!! This made the most amazing rice. Ali meal prepped it and it actually lasted a long time!! I won’t ever go back! Although, I wonder if you can do the same thing with cilantro rice?

  4. The best!! This has become a weekly family favorite. I use my grain cooker for this and it still works great!

    • Yay! So happy to hear that this has become a family favorite for y’all, Emily! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  5. Delicious and so easy to make! Served to friends along with steak tacos, loved the subtle coconut flavor. Agree would work well with other dishes, may try next time (soon) with a stir-fry. Thank you for the recipe!

    • I’m so glad you liked the recipe, Maureen! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

      • This recipe is perfect just as written. Everyone loves it and asks for the recipe. Use the jasmine rice, if you can – it’s magic! Thank you Ashlea!

  6. This recipe is fantastic! I’ve never made cilantro lime rice with coconut milk before, but now I can’t go back, lol. This rice was a hit in our family!

  7. Literally the best rice I’ve ever had! Even better than Chipotle. Total game changer!

    • Haha! I’m so glad you loved it, Nawona! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  8. I’ve been making this for the past few weeks as an easy add in to my meals! Perfect for wraps, bowls, or just as a side!

  9. So easy and SO delicious! I’ve made this twice in the last week and the request of my husband and kids! Thanks so much for being such a reliable source of excellent recipes!

  10. This was good! I used batsami rice instead of jasmine because that’s what I had. The rice was really moist and had a good stubble flavor. I paired it with tacos and I think it would be good with a lot of dishes. Maybe the cilantro lime chicken??? Thank you!

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