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Cilantro Lime Rice

What’s the first thing you’re going to want to make once you’ve made Perfect White Rice?


Cilantro Lime Rice, of course!  You know it.  You love it.  All those who adore Chipotle can cheer, because this rice is one of the menu items that you can easily replicate at home.  It’s also another great reason to make that big pot of rice as I had suggested in the Perfect Rice post.  You’ll always have rice ready to go for great recipes like this one.

I first went to Chipotle in 2005.  Clearly, I should have bought stock back then, but no, I just bought a burrito :)  I was always on the fence about cilantro and while I wasn’t quite a hater, it was not something I would list as a favorite.  However, once I became of fan of Chipotle and subsequently their Cilantro Lime Rice, I suddenly became a huge fan of cilantro.  (I also moved onto bowls rather than burritos; I didn’t want any wrap to interfere with my rice.)


I realize that the internet is full of recipes for Cilantro Lime Rice and that this is the second post about rice in almost as many days, but I’ve got a recipe coming up next that goes great with this dish and I don’t want to send you on a search to figure out how to make it.  So here it is…

Mix hot rice, chopped fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, salt and a bit of olive oil.  Done.


Welcome to the gateway of my cilantro loving life.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: 2 cups rice


  • 2 cups cooked Perfect White Rice
  • lime zest, optional
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2-4 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Combine hot rice with lime juice, salt, cilantro and olive oil in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. I like to use a silicone spatula for this job. Makes it easier to fold, toss, fluff and scrape the sides while mixing.
  2. If you like your rice with more lime flavor, scrape a bit of lime zest into the mixture before you cut the lime for juicing.


* I don't really measure for this recipe. I've given you some guidelines to get you started, but mix it up and season to taste. Start with the lower amounts and then add more based on your preferences. Salt is critical to bring out and enhance the lime flavor, so be sure to season your rice well for this recipe.

*This recipe makes two cups of rice. I always double it and adjust seasonings to taste.

*This rice, once mixed, tastes best made fresh, but can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days and reheated. I've tried freezing it and it doesn't fare as well as plain white rice. It's okay, but it's so much better fresh.

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Sunday 18th of January 2015

This is just what I was looking for! Will try for dinner tonight along with chicken.


Sunday 18th of January 2015

Glad the timing of this post worked out for you! It's a favorite of ours!


Monday 12th of January 2015

This rice looks so good, I've never thought about that combination before.


Monday 12th of January 2015

Chipotle made it famous!

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