Cilantro Lime Rice Pilaf

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Cilantro Lime Rice Pilaf is an easy side dish that goes perfectly with any Mexican-inspired meal. It’s bursting with zesty lime and cilantro.

Mexican food might be our favorite cuisine. The kids repeatedly asked for dinner, what more can we say, we paid a lot! Can you blame us? All kinds of not loving? Garlic, oregano, lime, cumin, oh my! These classic flavors come together to create a masterpiece. Every time we crave tacos or tacos, we make sure to have the black bean and cilantro lime rice. We’ve even been known to eat leftover cilantro lime rice! Please don’t judge us. It’s that good.

What kind of rice should I use in the cilantro lime rice pilaf?

Any all-purpose long-grain or grain white rice is acceptable. Do not use any easy-to-cook or specialty rices, such as arbor, thin, or instant rice.

Can this recipe be made with brown rice?

Yes, you can, but the steaming time of the rice needs to be increased significantly. Cover and steam the rice for 50 to 60 minutes instead of 15 minutes.

Why should I bake rice?

Toasting the rice before adding the liquid adds a ton of flavor to the rice. While this is certainly not a necessary step in cooking the rice, it’s worth the extra few minutes just for the added flavor.

What is pilaf?

Rice pilaf is a dish of rice cooked in a seasoned broth. There are a variety of rice pilaf dishes, each with its own unique flavor.

How much lime juice is in 1 lime?

Limes vary in size and juiciness. On average, one lime yields about 2 tablespoons of lime juice. When picking limes, squeeze them lightly. The firmer they are, the less juice will be in them. Before juicing, roll them on the countertop with the palm of your hand to make it easier to release the juice from the fruit.

A close up view of cilantro lime rice with a wooden spoon.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat single servings with small amounts of water every 30 seconds until heated through.

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Cilantro lime rice pilaf in a white bowl.

Cilantro Lime Rice Pilaf is an easy side dish that goes perfectly with any Mexican-inspired meal. It’s bursting with zesty lime and cilantro.

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 15 minute

total time 25 minute

raw material

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 cup long grain white rice (jasmine or basmati)
  • 4 cup chicken soup
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add rice and toast for 3 minutes, until rice is lightly toasted.

  • Pour in chicken stock and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.

  • Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

  • Add lime juice, cilantro, and butter, and stir until melted. Add some salt, to taste. Serve hot.

Calories: 318kcal | carbohydrate: 52G | protein: 5G | fat: 9G | Saturated fat: 3G | cholesterol: 10mg | sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 238mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 1G | Vitamin A: 115unit | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | calcium: 33mg | iron: 0.8mg

Cilantro Lime Rice Pilaf