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Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 110
cilantro lime rice in a bowl with a spoon

Fresh cilantro, lime zest and lime juice flavor this green-flecked cilantro-lime rice, which makes an upgraded base for all of your favorite Mexican-inspired meals (and more).

You Love That Green-Flecked Chipotle Rice, Right? Guess What?!

That super-delicious, what-makes-this-so-good white rice with green flecks that fills Chipotle burritos and burrito bowls is really easy to replicate at home—yahoo! If you can make rice (and even if you think you can’t) you can make this simple, flavorful cilantro-lime rice. And doing so will take all of your Mexican-inspired meals up a few levels. You don’t even need a rice cooker—just five ingredients and about twenty minutes. Plus, it’s easy to make a big batch of this cilantro-lime rice recipe and keep it on hand as the base for myriad meals, all week long.

Ingredients for cilantro lime rice, oil, salt, lime zest and juice

You’ll Never Guess What’s In Cilantro-Lime Rice!

Actually, you totally will, because cilantro lime rice is made from exactly what it sounds like. You’ll just need five super common ingredients to make a copycat version of Chipotle’s delicious, cilantro rice. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Long-grain white rice
  • Cilantro
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Limes
long grain white rice in a fine mesh sieve
rice, water and oil in a pot
rice, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice in a pot
cilantro lime rice in a pot

How To Make Cilantro-Lime Rice At Home

First, take a deep breath—you can do this! If you have a rice cooker, this is a breeze. But if you’re just working with a stove top (and that’s how we cook rice!) you’ll be just fine. Just be sure you have a top with a lid that fits well, and let’s make some cilantro-lime rice!

  1. Rinse your rice, and don’t skip this step! It feels like something that should be skippable, but it’s not. Rinsing the rice removes any starchy residue on the grains, which is the key to fluffy, non-clumpy rice.
  2. Combine the rinsed and drained rice with water—we’re working with a ratio that’s nearly 1:1 water:rice—and a bit of oil for richness and salt.
  3. Pour it into a pot and pop the lid on!
  4. Simmer time! Simmer—and don’t fuss with that lid—for a full 20 minutes.
  5. Lift the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.
  6. Add the lime zest, juice and cilantro and stir until it looks all herby and delicious.
  7. Dig in!
cilantro lime rice in a bowl with a spoon

What Goes With Cilantro-Lime Rice?

Pretty much everything. If you’ve got a batch of cilantro-lime rice cooked and ready in your fridge, you’ve got the foundation for so many meals. We love to serve this easy rice recipe with:

Tools You’ll Need:

cilantro lime rice in a bowl with a serving spoon

Chipotle At Home Has Never Been Easier!

Why eat out when you could eat in? Clearly, that’s our philosophy. Of course there’s room in our lives for take out, but we’re homebodies and it’s so nice to be able to replicate some of our faves at home! We hope that you’re as thrilled with this cilantro-lime rice recipe as we are. If you try it out, let us know! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 110


  • 2 cups long-grain white or jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped cilantro


  1. Add the dry rice to a fine mesh sieve, and rinse with cool running water until the water coming from the rice is no longer white and cloudy. Add the rice to a a medium non-stick saucepan, with a tight fitting lid. Add 2 ½ cups water to the rice, along with the vegetable oil and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover with lid, and reduce the heat to low.

  2. Simmer for 20 minutes or according to the time listed on the back of the rice package.

  3. Uncover the pot, fluff the rice with a fork, add the lime zest, juice and cilantro. Stir to combine and adjust salt to taste.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories110
  • Protein1 g
  • Carbohydrates15 g
  • Total Fat5 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium395 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Questions & Reviews

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  • adrinna

    Do I have to add the cilantro.?

    Hi Adriana, you can leave it out.

  • Laura Howard

    I started using coconut oil instead for this recipe and holy moly let me tell ya... There's a party in my mouth.

    Oh fun! I will have to try this next time!