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A blue pot filled with cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice

This cilantro lime rice is fluffy long grain rice that's flavored with garlic, plenty of cilantro and fresh lime juice. An easy side dish that pairs perfectly with Mexican and Asian cuisines, and takes just minutes to put together.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 153kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • cilantro sprigs and lime wedges for garnish optional


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and cook for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the cumin, water, salt and pepper. Bring the pot to a boil.
  • Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • Uncover the pot, then stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges if desired, then serve.



  1. Long grain rice works best for this dish. You can use standard long grain rice, or Basmati rice.
  2. This rice will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days which makes it great for meal prep. Reheat leftover rice on the stove top or in the microwave.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 129mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.6mg