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Cilantro Lime Rice (Instant Pot or Rice Maker)

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is perfect for Cinco De Mayo or Potluck! You can use this recipe on the stove, in a rice cooker, or of course in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot cilantro lime rice recipe

If you like this recipe, you’ll love my super simple Chicken Drumstick recipe! You can pair this rice with those yummy Chicken drumsticks! Dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients

This easy cilantro lime rice recipe adds flavor before and after cooking the rice. I used green onions, cilantro, Better than Bouillon, bay leaf, salt, limes, AND lemons.

This cilantro lime rice recipe is super easy! Make Instant Pot rice and add lemon juice, lime juice, and cilantro to make a yummy mexican rice side dish. Perfect cinco de mayo food! | Tried Tested and True Instant Pot Cooking by Lisa Childs

You can use this same recipe with quinoa to make cilantro lime quinoa. Just cook for 2 minutes on high pressure with a 10 minute NPR.

If you like quinoa, you will love my healthy Instant Pot Taco lettuce wraps that have quinoa, beef, and beans! Start to finish, it’s about 20 minutes to the dinner table!

How to make Instant Pot Rice

I cook the rice with chicken broth (water + BTB), bay leaf, green onion, and about half of the cilantro.

The best cook time for regular long grain white rice and Jasmine rice, 3 minutes on high pressure with a 10 minute natural pressure release is best. I use a 1:1.25 ratio of rice to water.

This cilantro lime rice recipe is super easy! Make Instant Pot rice and add lemon juice, lime juice, and cilantro to make a yummy mexican rice side dish. Perfect cinco de mayo food! | Tried Tested and True Instant Pot Cooking by Lisa Childs

After cooking the rice, make sure to give it a good fluff with a wet fork or rice paddle. I add the juice of half a lemon and half a lime, salt, and finely chopped cilantro.

Adding the citrus and the cilantro after cooking preserves the freshness and beautiful bright green color.

If you decide to use this recipe on the stove top or in a rice maker, just add the additional liquid you normally would for your preferred cooking method (I do about 1:1.5 ratio in my rice cooker).

Remember, there’s no evaporation in the Instant Pot so you can use slightly less water.

Instant Pot white rice

Instant Pot rice pin

If you want to make regular white rice, follow this recipe for Instant Pot white rice.

Inspired by Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice is my favorite. They use rice bran oil and citrus juice, which means lemons AND limes. I think these two ingredients make a big difference!

After using lime AND lemon juice in your guacamole, fajitas (recipe coming soon!) and other salsas, you’ll never go back.

Air Fryer Steak Fajitas and Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Chipotle doesn’t cook their rice with cilantro or green onion, but my favorite Cafe Rio does, so I combined the two ideas. I hope you enjoy!

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This cilantro lime rice recipe is super easy! Make Instant Pot rice and add lemon juice, lime juice, and cilantro to make a yummy mexican rice side dish. Perfect cinco de mayo food! | Tried Tested and True Instant Pot Cooking by Lisa Childs
Instant Pot cilantro lime rice recipe

Cilantro Lime Rice

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Inspired by Chipotle, this Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe has lemon and lime juice and is tossed with fresh cilantro after cooking. A great mexican side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Long grain white rice
  • 1 1/4 cup Chicken Broth, I use water with Better than Bouillon
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Finely Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 stalk Chopped Green Onion
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ~3 tbsp Juice of half a Lemon
  • ~2 tbsp Juice of half a Lime

Instructions

  1. Add rice, chicken broth, green onion, bay leaf, and 2 tbsp cilantro to the Instant Pot. Stir, then lock the lid, turn the knob to sealing, and cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release, then release the remaining pressure (if any)
  2. Fluff the rice with a fork and remove the bay leaf. Add 1/4 tsp salt, citrus juice, and remaining cilantro. Add more salt to taste. Serve with your favorite protein!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Erin

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Can you freeze this after cooking? I like the idea of cooking extra and having a few serves for quick lunches or dinners.

Lisa Childs

Thursday 6th of August 2020

It is possible to freeze rice, but it doesn't freeze super well. It dries out very easily so if you don't mind that then you can freeze! I recommend adding fresh lime and cilantro to freshen and brighten it up after freezing.

Fotodor.com

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Add black beans. Add a small can of rinsed and drained black beans to the cooked rice when mixing in the cilantro and lime juice for added protein and texture.

Lisa Childs

Monday 11th of May 2020

Great idea! thanks for sharing!

Yukti Arora

Saturday 7th of September 2019

so tasty rice recipe so keep posting.

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