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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. 

Cilantro Lime Rice topped with a lime slice in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

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.

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.

Cilantro Lime Rice topped with a lime slice in a white bowl.

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.

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Cilantro Lime Rice topped with a lime slice in a white bowl.
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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 cups white jasmine rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 freshly chopped cilantro
Instructions
  • 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.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Rice Pilaf

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Anita

Can you use vegetable broth?

Yes, though we prefer the flavor of chicken broth.

Dawnj

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I, also, paired this with the easy lime garlic chicken for a great dinner combination. Next time I will try it with a Mexican dish with corn bread topping that I make—it will be a perfect accompaniment. Thank you.

hesty

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best paired with easy garlic lime skillet chicken recipe!

Sharon Tetreau

Can I skip the butter?

RICH

Can I use Paella rice?

speattle

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I’ve made a similar seasoned dish, but with riced cauliflower and it is amazing. Love lime and cilantro together!

Marilyn

Thank you

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