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5 from 3 votes

Cilantro Lime Rice

Fragrant and citrussy, this cilantro lime rice can be cooked on the stove top or in a rice cooker! Easy to prepare and no sautéing, this is the perfect side dish for Mexican and Asian recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice note 1
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil note 2
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime zested
  • 2 cups water note 3

After cooking

  • ½ cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • ½ lime juiced


Stove Top

  • In a medium pot, combine the basmati rice, coconut oil, salt, lime zest and water. 
  • Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and let sit for another 10 minutes before adding the cilantro and lime juice and stirring up.

Rice Cooker

  • Spritz your rice cooker insert with some spray oil. Add the basmati rice, coconut oil, salt, lime zest and water.
  • Cook using the 'white rice' function (or regular function if there is not a white rice option).
  • Once the cook time is up, stir in the cilantro and lime juice before serving.



1- you can use any long grain white rice, but check the package; Jasmine rice has a different water: rice ratio than basmati.
2- I recommend refined coconut oil as it does not have a prominent coconut flavor; swap for butter if you'd like.
3- for an even more flavorful rice, swap the water for chicken or vegetable stock.
Get rice into the fridge within 2 hours of cooking, and do not let it sit at room temperature for extended periods of time.
  • fridge- store in an air tight container for up to 4 days
  • freezer- store in a meal prep container or sturdy freezer bag (rolled flat) for up to 3 months
Heat back up in the microwave until steaming hot; some people add a splash of water to help revive the rice as it can dry out slightly as it stores.
Never reheat rice more than once.


Serving: 1/4 of batch | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg