Cilantro-Lime Rice

Who knew something so simple could taste so freakin' amazing?!  Never again will Mexican restaurants pass any kind of rice test with us. Yeah, that means YOU Chipotle, with your fake limey rice that has NUTHIN' on this. Eat this, baby. Yeah. I told 'em.

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Barbar, Mexican
Keyword cilantro, lime, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Mom

Ingredients

Combine:

  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 2 Cups Water

Add:

  • ¼ Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of 1 whole lime
  • 3 T oil light olive, vegetable, canola, or even coconut oil to add a tropical flair. Do NOT use virgin or extra virgin.
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer until the sound of girgling bubbles in the bottom of the pan turns to a snap-crackle-pop sound... like Rice Krispies Cereal.

  2. Remove the pan from heat and fluff the rice with a fork immediately.

  3. Add cilantro, lime, oil, and salt. Stir well. Add more lime zest, cilantro, or salt as desired.

Quick background about where this recipe came from, and how it's used

We were playing in the kitchen one day, acting all chefy and throwing caution to the wind. We said, "Hey!  We have rice, we have cilantro and lime... yeah...?? What say ye??"  And the throwing together of things began. The perfect concoction of just a few ingredients took rice to a whole new stratosphere and quickly became a staple. Never again will Mexican restaurants pass any kind of rice test with us. Yeah, that means YOU Chipotle, with your fake limey rice that has NUTHIN' on this. Eat this, baby. Yeah. I told 'em. Serve this anywhere you'd serve rice, ESPECIALLY as a side to anything Mexican, including chili. Put it next to a steak, salmon, or as a side to your Mexican Breakfast Burrito. Heck, put it next to ANY breakfast burrito! Lime and lemon are one of those fantastical things that can go sweet, savory, or tart. They're magical ingredients. Anywhere you serve rice, try this. Anywhere you don't usually serve rice, TRY THIS.

Variations

  • You're kidding, right?
  • Move along, nothing to see here.
  • I guess you could PROBABLY add some diced tequila-lime chicken to it, if you must. I have the recipe around here somewhere. It's on my list of things to add to the site. Remind me.

Drink Pairing Suggestions

  • water
  • tea
  • milk
  • soda
  • wine