I remember the first time my lips closed around a forkful of cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Weird? Maybe. BUT it’s true! It was when my friend Amanda and I tried Chipotle for the first time. I ordered the 8 pound burrito (now I’m more of a fajita bowl kind of girl) and inside was the most amazing and flavorful rice ever.

Back then only white rice was an option, as of a few years ago cilantro lime brown rice has been added. I typically get brown rice when I’m there, Pat and the rest of my crew get the white. So when I make it at home, I usually pull out the long grain white rice, because I’m forever sacrificing. 😉

Cilantro Lime Rice

Last week I told you about my mad love for my rice cooker, so I’ll spare you on that. BUT I will say this recipe is SO much easier because of it.

Toast rice, add to pot and cook, toss with fresh cilantro and lime. Seriously, it’s as simple as that.

toast rice in skillet

I start by toasting 2 cups** of long grain white rice. Heat a 10-inch skillet on medium heat, add in 1 to 2 teaspoons light flavorless oil (extra light olive oil or safflower oil works) and the rice. There’s no need to rinse it, although you certainly can, just drain well and pat excess water of with a kitchen towel until mostly dry. Toast, stirring occasionally to keep from burning for about 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly golden and aromatic.

**note that most rice cookers come with their own specific measuring cup. If you don’t have one or (like me) have lost it, measure out two 3/4 cups. 3/4 of a cup is equivalent to the “cup” that is used with most rice cookers.

Add salt and fill to water water line

Then I just add the toasted white rice into the pot, add a teaspoon of kosher salt and fill the water up to the correct waterline, for me it was line 2.

rice cooker

Then, like your slow cooker, set it and forget it. Well, for at least 20 minutes or so.

Add cooke rice to bowl and add lime zest and cilantro

Once the rice is cooked, I fluffed with a fork and transferred it to a bowl and added a couple tablespoons finely chopped cilantro and the zest of an entire lime. Then I squeeze in the juice of half the lime and stir to combine.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Done and done. This may be better than Chipotle’s… I’m just sayin.

Haileigh and I stood over the bowl and taste tested and taste tested and taste tested…

Cilantro Lime Rice

Fun Fact: Malloree (you know her as my youngest and pickiest of eaters) hates rice. I know RIGHT?! She is the only person I know that doesn’t like rice. Pasta? YES. Couscous? YES. Rice? That’s a big, fat NO. But I still make her try it, because I am bound and determine to change that stubborn mind of hers.

So like I always do, I put a small spoonful on to her plate next to her chicken and broccoli and guess what?! She said “Okay Mom, this is really good! It doesn’t taste like rice at all!” I’m a little miffed on the last part, because it indeed tastes like rice, but who am I to argue? SHE ATE HER RICE!!

Until next week when she’ll deny it even happened.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Enjoy! And if you give this cilantro lime rice recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!


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Yield: 8 servings

Cilantro Lime Rice (Rice Cooker)

Easy and so flavorful! This cilantro lime rice rivals Chipotles, and possibly wins.


  • 1 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 2 cups long grain white rice, (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed


  • Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium to medium-low heat. Add in oil and rice, stir and toast for 5 to 8 minutes or until the rice is lightly golden and aromatic.
  • Place the toasted rice and salt into your rice cooker. Following the manufacturers instructions, fill to the appropriate waterline (for me it is 2), close the lid and set to cook.
  • Once the rice is cooked, open the rice cooker and fluff with a fork. Then transfer to a bowl and add in the cilantro, lime zest and juice. Taste and add more cilantro, zest or juice to your preference.


**note that most rice cookers come with their own specific measuring cup. If you don’t have one or (like me) have lost it, measure out two 3/4 cups. 3/4 of a cup is equivalent to the “cup” that is used with most rice cookers.
Calories: 177kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 293mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 13IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg