Recipe/ Side Dish

Cilantro Lime Rice

September 3, 2016 (Last Updated: April 7, 2019)

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Cilantro Lime Rice is a perfect side dish to accompany any dinner.

Cilantro Lime Rice served as a side dish.

We eat Mexican food in our family at least once a week….sometimes twice! No matter the entree, you need some great side dishes to serve too.

My crock pot refried beans are a staple that I make often. The beans make a huge batch that I freeze in smaller portions. This Cilantro Lime Rice is another go to side dish for us. It’s packed full of flavor and can be made quickly.

Sometimes I also make some baked corn chips to serve with our meals. 

Cilantro Lime Rice served with burritos.

Last night we attended the high school  football game. Luckily we had fueled up with a filling dinner of tacos with shredded chicken and this cilantro lime rice.

Just before the end of the first half the game was delayed by lightening. Apparently once a lightening delay is called, you have to wait 30 minutes before play can resume….that’s 30 minutes after the last lightening strike.  And wouldn’t you know it….we had a doozy of a storm. We ended up with a 1 1/2 hour delay. Yikes! Then once they played they finished the first half and had to take a ten minute break for half time!

Let me tell you, it was hard work sitting up in those bleachers for entire 3 1/2 hour game, but at least we were in a covered section. The away team had to take shelter during the deluge of a rain storm.  The game was fun even though it ended 10-13 🙁

 

A bowlful of cilantro lime rice

Let me know if you’ve made this delicious rice. You can comment below or take a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 3 votes
Cilantro Lime Rice is a perfect side dish for any Mexican dinner.
Cilantro Lime Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A perfect rice to accompany any Mexican dish.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: rice, rice dishes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Place the rice in a large bowl. Cover with water. Swish rice with your hand. Drain and repeat 3 times.
  2. Put 2 cups water into a pot along with rice, bay leaf, and salt
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until rice is tender.
  4. Fluff with a fork.
  5. Place in a bowl and pour lime juice over rice.
  6. Add chopped cilantro and mix lightly.
  7. Serve while still warm.
Recipe Notes

Rice can be made ahead of time and reheated.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    September 13, 2016 at 3:14 am

    We love Mexican meals, too! I’ve tried cilantro lime rice, but hadn’t quite perfected it – can’t wait to try this version 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Be prepared to fall in love with it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    September 8, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Kathy, looks lovely with the green bits and I do love the taste of cilantro and lime.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It tastes great and looks so fresh too!

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    September 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    It reminds me of one such college football game I attended..
    I love all the flavors in this rice, addition of bay leaf does add a little something earthy to the rice.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      You’d never know it was in there, but it definitely adds flavor.

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    September 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    As a huge fan of Mexican food, I can see this lime rice becoming a staple.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      So quick, easy, and delicious!

  • Reply
    Ashley@CookNourishBliss
    September 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Us too! We eat mexican at least once a week (and usually more). Pass me a bowl of this cilantro rice!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      A big bowl is coming your way!

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina.com
    September 7, 2016 at 11:21 am

    5 stars
    So, something is happening to my tastebuds…I could never (I mean ever) eat cilantro, for some reason it always tasted soapy to me, however, I am slowly but surely beginning to enjoy it. I’m going to have to try this!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Cilantro is one of those herbs that people love or hate….glad you are coming over to the love side 🙂

  • Reply
    Amanda
    September 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Oh my goodness. I need this rice right now! These are the flavors I crave, and I love jazzing up rice!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Lime….cilantro….and other Mexican food! Yes!!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    September 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and fresh! I often make this rice at home and also get it when ever we order Mexican.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      It is really delicious!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    September 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I wish I liked cilantro…I do like lime though! I think I will sub in parsley and give this a whirl!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 7, 2016 at 5:04 am

      Using parsley instead sounds like a good idea. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    September 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

    The delay is worth it for football!!! The season has begun with quite a “spark”! This rice looks over the top delicious, I have never made cilantro lime rice – but I shopped at Aldi yesterday and picked up limes and cilantro…so…naturally I’ve to try this! Perfect side for taco night!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I hope the rice was a hit in your house! We are hoping no more delays to the game!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 6, 2016 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    Wow, an hour and 1/2 delay?? That’s crazy.. I can imagine it would be hard for the players to get back in the game after that! Anyways, we eat Mexican A LOT too and cilantro lime rice is like a requirement for a side. 😉 LOVE yours, Kathy!! Looks just perfect! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      So truly the hardest part was sitting in those bleachers….who designs those things? So hard to sit and watch a game!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 6, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Ah, yes! The return of football season! 🙂 Sorry for the early season loss, but it sounds like it was a good game…delays and all. Speaking of good, this rice is definitely a keeper of a recipe. Perfect side dish for so many different recipes. Hope you guys had a great weekend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      This rice is a keeper! We’ve made it several times and it’s always a hit.

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    September 6, 2016 at 5:24 am

    I’m not a football fan, but love all the food that usually goes along with the festivities.

    I love Mexican food too, Kathy, and love the addition of cilantro and lime that you’ve added to this rice. Your crockpot refried beans sounds like something I would love too! Both of them would be fabulous sides 🙂 Yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Great side dishes are the best! They just make a main dish even more complete!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    September 5, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Lovely flavors for this rice dish, Kathy! We have Mexican quite often, too, at our house, but never had cilantro lime rice…it’s time to start! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 6, 2016 at 4:46 am

      It is time to start! You are going to love it!

  • Reply
    Velva
    September 5, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    5 stars
    What a great way to liven up rice! Love it. Looks really good.

    Velva

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 6, 2016 at 4:48 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
    September 5, 2016 at 3:37 am

    It sounds like an intense game! Side dishes are often overlooked but are so important for a great meal. Your Cilantro Lime Rice sounds so flavoursome!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Nothing like a great high school football game! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    September 4, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I often have rice as a side dish but never think to add some extra flavor. This looks delicious, I’ll have to give it a try next time!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

      There are times you need plain rice and then times when you need it dressed up a bit!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    September 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    3.5 hours for a football game?- you must have arrived home at about midnight! This rice dish looks like a good soothing accompaniment to offset a spicy dinner!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

      It was a late night! I was glad to get home and tucked into bed!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 3, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I never really think of jazzing up my boring old white rice Kathy, but this sounds delicious! I’ll definitely try this next time I serve tacos.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Sometimes we need a little sprucing up!

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