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Homemade Cilantro Lime Rice

This Homemade Cilantro Lime Rice is an easy side dish to make that pairs with many main entrees. If you frequent Chipotle you have definitely had this rice a few times! It is loaded with lime and cilantro flavor. The good news is all you need to make this Chipotle cilantro lime rice copycat recipe is 4 simple ingredients.

Large white bowl of cilantro lime rice on a wood surface.

How to Make Homemade Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients

This simple recipe only require 4 ingredients and it comes together quickly making it ideal for weeknight meals. For this recipe you will need:

  • white rice- we like to use jasmine rice but any white rice you have on hand will work (brown rice can also be used for this recipe if you would prefer)
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime juice
  • salt

Step by Step Directions for Cilantro Lime Rice

This recipe is super easy to make! First, start by cooking the white rice. While the rice is cooking, remove the stems from the cilantro and chop up the leaves as fine as you can.

Once the rice is done cooking, stir in the cilantro, lime juice and salt into the cooked rice. Serve as desired. Store any leftover rice in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Storage and Reheating Tips

Once cooked the rice will be good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store rice after cooling in an air tight container.

Cilantro lime rice should be reheated in the microwave in 30 second intervals. If the rice is dry try adding a tiny bit of water before reheating.

What to Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice

Wondering what to make with cilantro lime rice? Try these suggestions:

Cooked white rice with lots of chopped cilantro mixed in. Rice is in a white bowl on a blue wood surface.

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Large white bowl of cilantro lime rice on a blue wood surface.

Homemade Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Homemade Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect, easy side dish. It is loaded with cilantro and lime flavor.


  • 2 cups rice, uncooked
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Combine rice and water in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling lower heat and cook until all water is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Alternatively, use a rice cooker to cook the rice!
  2. While rice is cooking, separate leaves from cilantro stems and chop finely. Also, juice limes and set aside.
  3. Once rice is cooked, fluff with a spoon or fork then add cilantro, lime juice and salt. Stir well to combine and serve.


Use a rice cooker to cook rice if you have one!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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