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Homemade Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups cooked rice 1x
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


The perfect side dish or the foundation for the most amazing burrito bowl!


  • white, long grain rice (you ultimately want 2 cups cooked rice so look at your package instructions to determine how many cups of raw rice you need – the package I used called for 2 cups water and 1 cup rice for 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime zest
  • 34 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon tasteless oil (olive oil would work fine)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed, chopped cilantro (additional for garnish if you desire)


  1. Add your required amount of water to your saucepan.
  2. When it is time to add the rice, also add 1 Tablespoon lime juice and bay leaf.
  3. Cook until done.
  4. Remove from heat and add salt, oil, cilantro, lime zest and 3 Tablespoons of the lime juice.
  5. Fluff and mix well.
  6. Taste and add any additional salt, lime juice and/or cilantro per your taste.

Keywords: cilantro lime rice