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Perfect Cilantro Lime Rice tucked up your sleeve. Served in a beautiful covered pottery dish.

Cilantro Lime Rice

adapted from Simply Recipes
The key to 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.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish


  • 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.