Cilantro lime rice is one of those fixtures in big burrito chains and Pinterest for a reason - because it’s completely delicious. There isn’t a lot that the herbaceous and citrusy rice doesn’t compliment, and can be made for any number of recipes. Not only is it perfect for Mexican-inspired dishes, it pairs incredibly well with Asian and Indian dishes as well!
The rice of choice for me in this recipe is Riceland’s Plump and Tender Medium Grain Rice; however you could certainly use brown rice, parboiled, or extra long grain rice as well. I just think the texture is perfect with the medium grain and it is just so versatile. Another secret is using the lime zest in addition to the juice. The oils in the zest make the lime flavor really pop, but not in an obnoxious way; just enough for you to know what’s in there.
The next time you have taco (or fajita) night coming up make sure you have room on the table for a big bowl of this cilantro lime rice - and make double!
PERFECT CILANTRO LIME RICE
- 1 cup Riceland Plump and Tender Medium Grain Rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- zest and juice from one lime
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- Combine the rice, water, oil, and salt in a 2-quart saucepan fitted with a lid.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cover with the lid.
- Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed, and remove from heat.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
- While the rice is sitting, whisk together the honey, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Drizzle over the fluffed rice, and then stir in the cilantro until completely combined.