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cilantro lime rice served in a green rimmed bowl with a spoon
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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice recipe from Mexican cuisine is a delicious, easy vegan rice dish that you can make in 20 minutes. Very flavorful, moreish, vegan and gluten free. It is super easy to make this rice, absolutely no more effort needed than cooking regular rice. Here I am sharing how to make cilantro lime rice recipe at home in instant pot and stove top.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: continental, Mexican
Keyword: Cilantro lime rice
Servings: 3 servings as side dish
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil light
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • zest of one lime small
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves finely chopped, tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • Pick and rinse the basmati rice once or twice gently. Soak the rice in plenty of water 20 minutes.
    how to cook basmati rice
  • Drain the soaked rice in a colander and spread on a plate. Set aside for 10 minutes. In the meantime rinse and chop the cilantro leaves finely. Peel and mince the garlic cloves too.
    how to cook basmati rice
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saute for few seconds. Do not brown them.
    frying garlic in olive oil
  • Now add the soaked and drained rice.
    rinsed basmati rice added to olive oil
  • Saute the rice well to coat the olive well into grains.
    sauteing basmati rice in olive oil
  • Saute until all the moisture in the rice is absorbed.
    sautéing rice until it looses all the moisture
  • Now add 2 cups water, lime zest and salt to taste. Bring to a boil.
    water added to cook rice
  • Cover the pan, reduce the heat and simmer for 8-12 minutes. Do not peak or stir the rice while it is cooking. After the time, remove from flame and let sit for 5 minutes. Open the lid and fluff up the rice gently with a fork or spatula.
    cooked fluffy basmati rice
  • Now add the lime juice and chopped cilantro leaves. Mix well yet gently without breaking the rice.
    lime juice and chopped cilantro leaves added to cooked basmati rice
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle more cilantro leaves. Place some lime wedges and serve cilantro lime juice warm.
    making cilantro lime rice recipe


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 782mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg