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Cilantro Lime Rice – Once Upon a Chef

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This cilantro lime rice tastes just like what you get at Chipotle, and it’s a snap to make.

Inspired by the popular rice served at Chipotle, this cilantro lime rice not only makes great burritos and burrito bowls, but it’s also a delicious side dish for chicken, fish, pork, or beef – and it goes well with any number of cuisines, from Mexican to Asian to Indian. It’s made with basmati rice – a long, slender-grained aromatic rice with a fluffy texture – using a pilaf technique, meaning the rice is first “toasted” in oil with sautéed onions and garlic before the liquid is added. This extra step only takes a few minutes and adds loads of rich, nutty flavor. Serve cilantro lime rice with tequila lime chicken, grilled jerk chicken, blackened tilapia, beef enchiladas, or butter chicken, to name just a few.

What You’ll Need To Make Cilantro Lime Rice

cilantro lime rice ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Do not brown; lower the heat if necessary.
sautéing minced onions

Add the garlic and rice.

adding rice and garlic

Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until toasty and fragrant.

sautéing rice and garlic

Add 2½ cups water, along with the salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

bringing water to a boil

Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Taste the rice; if it is still a bit firm, add a few more tablespoons of water and cook a few minutes more.
cooked rice in pot

Off the heat, add the lime juice, butter, and cilantro.

adding butter, cilantro, and lime to rice

Mix and fluff the rice with a fork.

fluffed cilantro lime riceTaste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary, and serve.

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Cilantro Lime Rice

This cilantro lime rice tastes just like what you get at Chipotle, and it’s a snap to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup minced yellow onion, from 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Do not brown; lower the heat if necessary.
  2. Add the garlic and rice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until toasty and fragrant.
  3. Add 2½ cups water, along with the salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Taste the rice; if it is still a bit firm, add a few more tablespoons of water and cook a few minutes more.
  4. Off the heat, add the lime juice, butter, and cilantro; then mix and fluff the rice with a fork. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 349
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 230 mg
  • Cholesterol: 8 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you’re following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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