Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice

Looking for the perfect simple side for your favorite Mexican dishes? Look no further than this Cilantro Lime Rice!

I’ve talked about confessions before, like when I confessed to using a rotisserie chicken from the store to get supper on the table in a snap. But I have other confessions to make, like how I spend a ridiculous amount of time on Pinterest and Facebook (are you following me yet?), or how I sneak handfuls of chocolate chips from the pantry (milk chocolate, please). And then I must confess to being a total Apple fangirl, and secretly wishing I had my own show on the Food Network or The Travel Channel. But now I’m getting off track here. What I was going to confess to was using instant rice when I’m cooking.

I know, I know, so many people tell me that I haven’t experienced real rice if I’m eating the instant kind. It’s not that I don’t like the long cooking kind, I do. It’s that the long cooking kind of rice just does not like me. I’ve only gotten it to turn out just right a handful of times. The instant rice, however, loves me. It turns out perfect every. single. time. So I stick with instant rice. Can you blame me?

With this recipe, you can use whatever kind of rice you’d like, because the seasonings don’t get added in until the rice is fully cooked. What I love about this cilantro lime rice is that it goes so well with many of the tex-mex/hispanic types of recipes I make, which is a lot. Like I’m sort of in love with all things Mexican, when it comes to food anyways. Take for example this recipe for slow cooker Cheesy Tex-Mex Chicken (yum!) or yesterday’s recipe for The Best Fajitas. Both of these recipes would go great with Cilantro Lime Rice!

Whether you use instant rice, or the slower cooking rice, this Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect simple side! Enjoy!

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 15mn
Total Time: 20mn


  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
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  1. Cook rice according to package directions. When it is fully cooked (I like to let my rice steam a little longer than recommended so that it can soak up all of the liquid), add in fresh cilantro, sea salt, and lime juice. Stir well and serve immediately.
  2. 2 cups of rice serves 4-6

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  1. I like how this recipe requires so few ingredients and it looks like the perfect side dish for my sis’s fajitas. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mouth watering, looks good, easy to make and thnx for sharing. loveee

  3. I have a co-worker retiring soon and I promised to bring in fajitas to celebrate. I wondered about a side dish and this will be perfect! Thanks so much!

  4. If I made this the night before my work event, would it keep until the next day? Or should I make the rice and then add the other stuff that morning? Looks delish!

  5. Ashley, I feel your pain. But I’ve always HATED instant rice!
    I always had the same problems with ‘real rice’ that you describe. I could never get the rice/water/time equation quite right. Then… I discovered a solution that eliminated my ‘fear-of-rice’ and may help you with yours.
    It’s called “Success Boil-in-Bag Rice”. It comes in several varieties (white, brown, Jasmine & Basmati) and it’s SO easy to get perfect REAL rice!
    Boil enough water in a saucepan to submerge the bag(s), drop the perforated bag(s) in the boiling water for 10 minutes, fish it/them out and hang it/them over the faucet, to drain in the sink. DONE…EASY-PEASY!
    Cut the top off of the bag and do what you want with it! Serve it as is or jazz it up as you please!

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