I believe we all need a solid Cilantro Lime Rice recipe tucked up our sleeve.Jump to Recipe
It’s the perfect side dish for all your Mexican favorite meals. You never know when the family will request a Loaded Burrito Bowl.
I have made Cilantro Lime Rice for years, but only recently did I discover this game-changer version from Simply Recipes. It’s Absolutely Perfect. Every. Time!
The said game-changer in this recipe is lightly toasting the rice first like you would do for rice pilaf. It enhances the flavor and keeps the rice in individual light & fluffy grains instead of sticky & lumpy. Lime zest and salt are added to the cooking water, then lime juice, cumin and fresh cilantro are stirred into the cooked rice at the end. Did I mention perfection?!!
Cilantro Lime Rice
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- zest of one lime
- 3 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add rice, stirring to coat. Cook until rice begins to brown; stir occassionally. Add the garlic and stir for one minute.
- Stir in the water, lime zest and salt and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook undisturbed for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
- Fluff rice with fork, then transfer to a serving bowl. Stir in lime juice, cilantro and cumin.