Recipe/ Side Dish

Cilantro Lime Rice

September 3, 2016 (Last Updated: January 27, 2020)

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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. 

A white plated filled with rice, limes and tortillas.

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 ๐Ÿ™

If you love the taste of fresh cilantro, you might also enjoy this Cilantro Lime Dressing.


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
  • 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
  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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  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      September 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Be prepared to fall in love with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jean |
    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
      September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It tastes great and looks so fresh too!

  • Reply
    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
      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
      September 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      So quick, easy, and delicious!

  • Reply
    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
      September 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      A big bowl is coming your way!

  • Reply
    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
      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    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
      September 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Lime….cilantro….and other Mexican food! Yes!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    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
      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
      September 7, 2016 at 5:04 am

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

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