Cilantro Lime Rice Pilaf is an easy side dish that goes perfectly with any Mexican-inspired meal. It is full of zippy lime flavor and cilantro.
What kind of rice should I use?
Any all purpose long or shot grain white rice is acceptable. Do not use any easy cook or specialty rices like arborio, minute rice, or quick rice.
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Can this recipe be made with brown rice?
Yes it can, but the steaming time on the rice will need to be increased significantly. Instead of 15 minutes, steam the rice with the lid on for 50 to 60 minutes.
Why should I toast my rice?
Toasting your rice before adding liquid adds a significant amount of flavor to your rice. While it is certainly not a required step in cooking rice, it is worth the few extra minutes simply for the added flavor.
What is rice pilaf?
Rice pilaf is a dish where rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. There are a variety of rice pilaf dishes and each has their own unique flavor.
How much lime juice is in 1 lime?
Limes vary in size and juiciness. On average, one lime yields about 2 tablespoons of lime juice. When picking out your limes, give them a gentle squeeze. The firmer they are, the less juice they have in them. Before juicing, roll them on the countertop with your palm to make it easier to release the juice from the fruit.
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these main dishes that it would go well with:
- Carne Asada
- Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
- Mexican Skillet Steak
- Easy Fish Tacos
- Tacos Al Pastor
- Flank Steak Fajitas
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Cilantro Lime Rice Pilaf
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 white onion, diced
- 2 cups white jasmine rice
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ freshly chopped cilantro
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add in onion and saute 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in rice and toast 3 minutes, until rice is lightly toasted.
- Pour in chicken broth and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to low and cover with lid. Simmer 15 minutes, until all liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender.
- Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and butter until melted. Add more salt, to taste. Serve hot.