Get this recipe for simple, delicious, homemade cilantro lime rice! If you love Mexican-inspired meals, this rice will be your constant friend.

If you are like me and love Mexican-inspired meals more than life, this cilantro lime rice will be your constant friend.

Almost as simple as making every day white rice, this cilantro lime rice gets a boost from sautéing the rice quickly in a pat of butter.

A white ramekin filled with cooked rice and topped with cilantro.

A few simple seasonings are thrown in, and before you know it, you’ll have some seriously delicious cilantro lime rice for the eating.

Here are a few recipes that are worlds better with this cilantro lime rice:
Honey Lime Tilapia
Sweet Paprika Chicken Skillet
Smothered Sweet Pork Burritos
Grilled Island Chicken

So. If cilantro lime rice has not been part of your world, you should definitely change that. It’s so yummy – I can’t get enough!

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Cilantro Lime Rice

4.65 stars (133 ratings)


  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cups rice, long grain white rice or jasmine rice works best
  • 2 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice and zest of 1 large lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


  • In a skillet or medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the rice. Stir, letting the rice and butter cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 15-16 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.


Brown Rice: lots of people have asked if this recipe can be made with brown rice – there are updates from commenters who have tried it in the comment thread below!
Serving: 1 Serving, Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 336mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g

Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe