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Cilantro Lime Rice

I guess I need to say a bit more, although that sums up my feelings on the matter rather nicely.

I am not sure when I first encountered this version of rice and my love affair began.

It should have made more of impact since I am obsessed with it now. But if I see it on a menu, I will order it.  Sadly, I am often disappointed.  Most restaurant versions are lackluster, minuscule hint of lime and cilantro that barely registers on the taste buds.

There was no other option; I had to create my own version. I wanted the tartness of the limes to shine through and I wanted that ever distinct taste of cilantro to leave no doubt of its presence.

Cilantro Lime Rice for a crowd!

For this recipe, I made enough to feed eight people, as I was having a dinner party.  But I will provide directions in parenthesis to halve this recipe.  For this particular recipe I used chicken broth, but vegetable broth is a perfect substitute. A quarter cup of fresh lime juice is about 2 limes, give or take, depending on their size.

Want to make a full meal? Try this Cilantro Lime Rice with one of these entrees and one of these sides:



Cilantro Lime Rice ~ fluffy long grain white rice flavored with cilantro and lime, an upgrade to the plain old rice on your dinner table.  The Complete Savorist

Cilantro Lime Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: rice, side dish, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Fluffy long grain white rice flavored with cilantro and lime, an upgrade to the plain old rice on your dinner table. 



  • 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice (1 cup)
  • 2 cups broth (1 cup)
  • 2 cups water (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (2 tbsp.)
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced/grated (1 clove)
  • Pinch of salt (same)


  1. Cook rice according to package time directions, using both the broth and the water.
  2. Chop the cilantro and juice the limes.
  3. Once the rice is done and while it is still warm, add the cilantro, garlic, lime juice and salt. Fluff it with a fork until the cilantro is equally distributed.
  4. Serve and devour, forks totally optional and face first is acceptable.
Cilantro Lime Rice ~ The Complete Savorist
Cilantro Lime Rice ~ The Complete Savorist







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  • Reply
    June 24, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I love cilantro lime rice! Great post!

    • Reply
      June 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks Kristine. I’m happy to know I am in good company with loving cilantro lime rice.

      • Reply
        March 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

        How many calories for a serving

        • Reply
          Michelle De La Cerda
          March 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

          I updated the nutritional info in the recipe. There are 116 calories per serving which is 1/2 cup cooked rice. Hope that helps.

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    Terri S
    June 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      June 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you Terri, I went a bit crazy with taking pictures, I was having fun with the red crockery. The rice was just fantastic. Perfect balance of lime and cilantro.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    July 24, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I adore cilantro lime rice and the pots you cooked them in are so pretty! I think I could eat a whole one myself.

    • Reply
      July 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Erin, I adore the rice too. The crock are individually portion-size. They are fun.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    April 15, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Now I can actually make the mock chipotle bowls- Winning!

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      April 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

      I think they might add a bit of butter to theirs and try basmati rice instead of regular long grain white….but not 100% sure.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    April 15, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I love cilantro lime rice too!! Those little bowls are adorable!

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      April 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Aimee. They are fun bowls.

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    June 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    What kind of broth ???

    • Reply
      June 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      My standby is chicken because it’s clearer than veggie broth.

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    February 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    What kind of broth should I use??

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      February 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I usually use chicken to keep the color of the rice light. But you could use vegetable.

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    May 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I will be making his tonight for dinner side dish. Thanks for sharing!????

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    June 18, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    I plan on making this for a bridal shower, but would need to make it the day before– how will it reheat?

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      June 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I reheated the left overs and it was fine. Microwave at lower temps. I always cover with damp paper towel as well.

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    July 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I want to make this rice tonight bit don’t have a lime. Do you think I could sub in lemon?

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      July 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      I have never used lemon as a substitute in this dish. I am always one up for trying new things though. Start by adding 1/2 the amount of lemon, fluff, taste, and add more lemon until it is flavored throughout.

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