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30 Minute Cilantro Rice

Lime Cilantro Rice

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Presenting you the new kind of rice - Lime Cilantro Rice, with zesty lime and cilantro flavors, tender, fluffy rice makes a great side dish for a Mexican or Asian Dinner party. Use it as a side dish for baked fish, chicken, meat, or with tacos and burritos. Simply delicious!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 5 servings
Calories 151 kcal


  • 1 cup white rice uncooked, properly rinsed
  • teaspoon black ground pepper or use chili pepper mix for a little spice
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • ½ of a small onion white, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Olive oil for cooking


  • Heat a little olive oil (good quality virgin olive oil) in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent. Stir in the garlic powder and cook for a few minutes more.
  • Add in rice and stir, until all the rice is coated in the onion and garlic. Season with salt, pepper. Toast the rice for 2-3 minutes, and pour in the veggie stock.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add in lime zest. Taste for seasonign and add more if needed.
  • Close with a lid and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, drizzle with lime juice, stir and let the rice sit for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in chopped cilantro until all the rice is covered. Serve warm as a side dish, in Buddha Bowls, burritos, with fish and etc.


Instead of garlic powder, you can use 1 fresh garlic clove, minced, and paste-like. But every garlic is different and if yours is way too strong use less or go for garlic powder.  Personally, I don't like fresh garlic taste with a simple dish as rice but it's a personal preference.  
For Extra flavor I like to add in a little Vegeta seasoning. This is a universal all-purpose seasoning blend (usually yellow), made from vegetables, herbs, and spices. But if this is not available where you are located, I'd recommend dry vegetable or chicken bouillon cube (bio/organic preferred).
My favorite way to use this rice is in Buddha Bowls and as a side with Sweet Potato and  Kale Tacos and Vegan Meat Tacos



Calories: 151kcal
Keyword chipotle rice, cilantro rice, lime cilantro rice
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