Tangy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

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Enhance your meal with this vibrant Cilantro Lime Rice, inspired by Chipotle’s famous side dish. It’s perfect alongside various Mexican dishes or as a flavorful base for burrito bowls.

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Tangy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Ingredients Overview

  • Rice: Opt for long-grain white rice like Basmati or Jasmine to ensure fluffy, distinct grains that carry the flavors well.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro brings a bright, herbal note to the rice. Be sure to wash and finely chop the leaves for even distribution throughout the dish.
  • Lime: Adding both zest and juice of a lime infuses the rice with a refreshing citrus flavor. Use about 1 teaspoon of zest and 1 tablespoon of lime juice for the perfect tang.

Serving Suggestions

While delicious on its own, this Cilantro Lime Rice can be served in a variety of ways:

  • As a Side: Complement tacos, burritos, or fajitas with this flavorful rice.
  • In Burrito Bowls: Top the rice with choices of protein like chicken, shrimp, or vegetables, along with fixings like beans and salsa.
  • Stuffed in Peppers: Use it as a filling for a nutritious stuffed peppers meal.

Tangy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Storage Tips

To store leftover Cilantro Lime Rice:

  • Cooling: Allow the rice to cool completely to avoid moisture buildup which can lead to sogginess.
  • Refrigeration: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Reheating: Warm up on the stove or in the microwave, adding a splash of water or broth to retain moisture.

Freezing Instructions

For meal planning, this rice freezes well:

  • Cool: Ensure the rice is completely cooled before packing.
  • Packaging: Divide the rice into portions and place in freezer-safe bags.
  • Labeling: Mark each bag with the date; rice will keep for 6-8 months.
  • Thawing and Reheating: Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave.

Tangy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe


  • 4 cups (740g) long-grain rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • ½ medium lime, zested and juiced
  • 2-3 tablespoons (about 10-15g) fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5g) kosher salt


Combine Ingredients:

In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice with lime zest, lime juice, chopped cilantro, butter, and salt until well combined.


Enjoy as a flavorful addition to your meal, perfect for pairing with a variety of dishes or featuring as the base of a custom burrito bowl.

Tangy Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

This Cilantro Lime Rice is a simple yet tasty side dish that brings a fresh twist to your meals, inspired by the beloved flavors of Chipotle’s kitchen.

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