Cilantro Lime Rice

I love this rice dish! It’s super simple to make and goes with just about everything! My daughter loves the cilantro rice at Qdoba, so I decided to make a homemade version just for her! I prefer brown basmati for general use, but for this dish, I opted for white basmati. With a high protein content and very low GI ranking, brown basmati rice can be a healthy option if you use grains. I have not tried this with cauliflower rice, but I would imagine it would be an easy swap!

I like to toast my rice before boiling it. Toasting grains before cooking can enhance the nutty depth of the grains, lending an extra layer of flavor to a final dish! This dish pairs well with my BBQ Tofu Bowl!


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Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch


Easy rice dish packed with flavor! 


  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups basmati long grain white rice

  •  2 1/4 cups water

  •  1 clove garlic, minced

  •  1 tsp salt

  •  1 tsp lime zest

  • 3 Tbsp lime juice

  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped

  •  Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Warm a medium size saucepan over medium-high heat.  When warm add oil.  
  2. When oil begins to shimmer, add uncooked rice and stir well.  Stir occasionally until the rice has started to brown— About 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.  
  4. Add water, salt and lime zest.  Bring to a boil.  When boiling, cover pan and reduce to low heat.  
  5. Simmer for 13-15 minutes (check your rice package instructions).   Remove from heat and let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.  Fluff rice with a fork.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl.  Stir in lime juice and toss with cilantro and add red pepper flakes, if using.  

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