Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice

I could eat cilantro and lime rice by itself for dinner, and I have.  You can also have it as a side dish, especially with tacos.  Or you could make some chicken to put on a flour tortilla and add this rice.  Oh wow, the 3rd idea is really a favorite.  Later this week I will be sharing a marinated chipotle chicken recipe to make in the crockpot, which this rice will go perfect with.  I  love the taste of the sour lime and the kick of cilantro – this is a favorite.  



Cilantro + Lime Basmati Rice


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. Saute rice in vegetable oil for 2 minutes. Add water, bring to a boil.
  2. When water begins to boil, turn the heat to simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off completely, leave lid on, and remove from burner. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Mix together salt and lime juice, you want the salt to dissolve.
  5. Pour salt/lime over rice, mix around. Add cilantro and toss.
  6. Enjoy!

Here’s your ingredients.  When you buy cilantro in the grocery do you immediately smell it in the produce aisle while people stare? I do.

Basmati rice is the best to use in this recipe in my opinion as the rice does not stick together like regular white rice does. Also, basmati has such a special aroma.

Cook in some oil, stir, then add water.

Once done, take off the stove and let sit for 30 minutes covered.   NOTE: Do not peek!  I know it’s tempting.

Cut up your cilantro. I use scissors as I find it easiest.

After the rice is done sitting, take the lid off.  We’re almost done here…

Mix your salt into your lime juice.  Make sure all the salt is dissolved, so keep stirring it until it is.

Then add your lime juice/salt and cilantro to the rice.  Use a fork to mix it all up.

The smell of the lime makes me so happy.   Don’t you love it?  You can have it just like this, a big ol spoonful for a Mexican dinner side dish would be great.

Or put on a burrito with some chicken and pinto beans.  This is magical, it’s a favorite meal of mine. 

Try some cilantro + lime rice soon, I hope you like it.

Looking for more tips? Learn how to store cilantro to make it last for weeks!


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