Cilantro Lime Rice

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Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect side dish for all your Mexican-inspired meals. It also goes great as a filling in a burrito or as a way to bulk up a salad.

A bowl of cilantro lime rice topped with a lime wedge and a cilantro leaf

Cilantro Lime Rice

If you are looking for a new, delicious side dish, then Cilantro Lime Rice is your answer. It is bursting with flavor and really brings your Mexican-inspired meal together. It comes together in just a few easy steps. First, you cook the rice in chicken broth, garlic, lime juice, and butter to make a rich, flavorful base. Then, when the rice is cooked you stir in a sweet and tangy cilantro mixture to top it off. That’s it!

A large pot of cooked white rice and a small bowl of cilantro lime mixture

Tips for Making Cilantro Lime Rice

  • The rice recipe really does make a ton so if you aren’t a huge fan of rice, I would suggest halving the recipe.
  • Use long-grain white rice when making this recipe. Once I tried it with Calrose rice because it was the only rice I had on hand and it DID NOT turn out well.
  • Make sure you use fresh cilantro! Dried cilantro just won’t cut it. Using fresh gives the rice an incredible flavor.

Cafe Rio Copycat Recipes

This recipe originally came from our collection of Cafe Rio inspired dishes. Cafe Rio is a beloved Tex-Mex chain that serves burritos, tacos, salads, and more! We were obsessed but some of us didn’t have a location near our house. We started trying to recreate Cafe Rio recipes at home. Not to toot our own horn, but we totally nailed them! Those recipes helped us get on the map as recipe bloggers and they are some of our post popular posts to this day! Check out the collection here: Cafe Rio Copycat Recipes – All the Best in One Place. We have had such great feedback with ALL of our Cafe Rio recipes and we’d love to hear yours! Leave us a comment and let us know how your Copycat Cafe Rio dinner turned out! We love hearing from our readers!

How to make Cilantro Lime Rice

A bowl of cilantro lime rice next to a juicer and a bowl of lime

Cilantro Lime Rice

4.86 from 28 votes
Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect side dish for all your Mexican-inspired meals. It also goes great as a filling in a burrito or as a way to bulk up a salad.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice uncooked, long-grain, white rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 15 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro fresh chopped

Instructions

  • In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 teaspoon lime, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat.
    A pot with rice, butter, chicken broth, and water in it
  • In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro.
    A large pot of cooked white rice and a small bowl of cilantro lime mixture
  • Pour the mixture over hot, cooked rice as you fluff the rice with a fork. Mix until fully combined.
    A bowl of cilantro lime rice topped with a lime wedge and a cilantro leaf

Nutrition Information

Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 404mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 3 stars
    There is way to much water in this recipe. It made the rice bland and mushy. I skipped the water and just used two cups of chicken broth. Came out perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    I make this over any other rice! We love it & my kids love it, so it’s a win, win! It tastes great with many things!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  4. 5 stars
    This taste even better than the cafe rio rice and bean. So unbelievably easy to make too. I prefer this recipe over cafe rio anyday.

  5. Oh man! I’m so disappointed. We’ve been using your cafe rio beans and rice recipe for a while now, and I finally came on here to write the recipe down… and where’d the beans go?! They’re so good! Please help me find you beans recipe. I can’t find it anywhere.
    Thank you! Emily

      1. Thank you so much!!! Can’t wait to try some of your other delicious recipes! Keep up the good work!

  6. 5 stars
    I love cilantro lime rice! Living in SoCal we eat it often! Thanks for the great recipe and reminder I need to make this again soon!

  7. 5 stars
    Love this side dish idea! We are a family that loves cilantro so I am always looking for recipes that have cilantro. Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    This cafe-Rio cilantro lime rice and black beans sounds delicious and makes a wonderful dinner idea!

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