Make Ahead

Cilantro-Lime Rice

July  4, 2021
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I started making this to serve with all sorts of things - tacos, burritos, under a beany soup or chili, when the son and the daughter were in high school. I finally had to start making twice as much as I intended each time because they loved it so much that they'd take second piles of it for *dessert*. —boulangere

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati or long-grain brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons canola or corn oil
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • Generous handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Sea or kosher salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring water to a boil and add rice and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover pot, reduce to a simmer and cook until done - about 17-20 for basmati, 35-45 for brown.
  2. When rice is done, remove from heat. Add lime oil of your choice, lime zest and juice, as much cilantro as you like. Gently stir to blend, then season to taste with salt. For me, at least, this should come with a Surgeon-General's warning as to its addictive qualities.

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  • boulangere

7 Reviews

marialissio July 17, 2013
I cooked this for our family dinner last night. It was a fantastic success. Everyone loved it. I used a new organic basmati brown rice sourced from an Asian grocer in Arlington. The nuttiness of the rice combined beautifully with the lime zest and juice. The coriander was a lovely touch as well. I poached a large wild-caught salmon fillet for the family and made a salad with the lot as we call it. A great evening meal in this hot weather. Thank you. The children have asked for the rice to be made again.
kittlin67 March 14, 2013
I made this last night to go with a spicy shrimp recipe. I cooked jasmine rice in my rice cooker and simply added the lime oil (I used walnut oil) and cilantro, etc. It was SO good and so easy! We loved it!
susan G. February 27, 2013
I can't believe I haven't commented before! This recipe has become a default to be whipped out to balance intense hot flavors of all nations, since you first posted it. Love it!
TheGirlyGirlCooks June 28, 2011
I love these two flavors so much! I just bookmarked this recipe for the next time I make tacos!
boulangere June 28, 2011
Oooh, I couldn't eat a taco without it.
boulangere June 27, 2011
Seriously, I could a boatload of this. Leftover rice is such a great thing to have on hand. I hope you enjoy it.
Kitchen B. June 27, 2011
I love cilantro. I love lime.......thank you for giving me reason to make more rice than normal and move away from my fried rice staple