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

Cilantro Lime Rice is a perfect side dish for any Mexican dinner.

Cilantro Lime Rice

A perfect rice to accompany any Mexican dish.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 113 kcal


  • 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


  • Place the rice in a large bowl. Cover with water. Swish rice with your hand. Drain and repeat 3 times.
  • Put 2 cups water into a pot along with rice, bay leaf, and salt
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Fluff with a fork.
  • Place in a bowl and pour lime juice over rice.
  • Add chopped cilantro and mix lightly.
  • Serve while still warm.


Rice can be made ahead of time and reheated.


Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gSodium: 102mgPotassium: 35mgVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg
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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™‚

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    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.

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      September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It tastes great and looks so fresh too!

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    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.

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    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!

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    [email protected]
    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!

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    [email protected]
    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!

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      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™‚

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    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!

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      September 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

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

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    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.

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      September 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      It is really delicious!

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    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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