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Cilantro and Lime Rice

Cilantro and Lime Rice


One of the things that I liked about Chipotles burritos was the cilantro and lime rice. I often enjoy trying to replicate recipes that I remember having had somewhere else and I knew that I would have to try making the cilantro and lime rice. Of course the first way to make it that popped into my mind was the simplest way, just mix in some chopped cilantro, lime juice and lime zest after the rice is finished cooking. This way has the advantage of being quick and easy and you can use a rice cooker to make it even easier. But I thought, why not take the opportunity to make it better. I like the flavour that toasting the rice in oil before cooking adds and since I was going to be using some oil anyways, why not add some onions and garlic to fill out the rice a bit more. I like to use brown rice whenever possible and I thought this was the perfect time to do so. The cilantro and lime rice turned out really well. It was light and fluffy and the lime juice and zest added a nice freshness to the rice. Cilantro is one of the flavours that I associate with Mexican cuisine so it was right at home in the rice as well. I used the cilantro and lime rice in the burritos that I recently made, though it would also make for a great side dish.

Cilantro and Lime Rice

(makes 4+ side dish servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 cup long grained rice (I like to use brown)
2 cups water
1 handful cilantro (chopped)
1 lime (juice and zest)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
4. Add the rice and toast in the oil for a few minutes.
5. Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 20 minutes for white rice or 40-50 minutes for brown.
6. Remove from the heat and mix in the cilantro, lime juice and zest.

Similar Recipes:
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Mexican Rice
Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)
Onion and Cilantro Relish
Cilantro and Lime Refried Beans
Mexican Quinoa

Use in:
Burritos
Burrito Bowls
Korean Short Rib Burrito
Pineapple Dak Bulgogi Burrito (Korean Spicy Pineapple BBQ Chicken Burrito)
Thai Chicken 'Mole'
Chipotle Butternut Squash and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Serve with:
Chicken Mole

94 comments:

Debbie said...

Lime and cilantro will get me every time!!! Love the combo with the rice. It looks great.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love cilantro, and your combo with lime sounds great!

VeggieGirl said...

Lovely rice dish!! Love the added lime.

Steph said...

I love flavoured rice dishes. The lime sounds like a tasty addition!

Su-Lin said...

Sounds good! They also have this rice at the Whole Foods in London - also for filling burritos!

Melissa said...

I tried to duplicate their rice once but it didn't work out. I'll definitely give this one a try!

Laura P. said...

cilantro and lime rice is my fav part of the chipotle burrito...yum!

Michelle C said...

Ah man ... this sounds SO good. I can't use fresh cilantro very often. My daughter gags when I use it :(

Jan said...

I can't say I'm a huge fan of cilantro, but neither can I say I dislike it. (Though I do love corriander, which is made from seeds of the cilantro plant). I'm pretty sure I could go for this rice, the lime, garlic, and onion swung it for me.

Daziano said...

This looks so good, you took Mexican rice to the next level!

Pam said...

This is my favorite kind of rice. Did you do it in your rice cooker?

Pam said...

They have the best rice and now so do you! It looks perfect.

Jennifer said...

That sounds really light and yummy!

I am probably the last person who still hasn't eaten at Chipolte! And there is one right in my town!

Ranjani said...

Anything from Chipotle is pretty addictive...love the addition of lime, sure the cilantro added a lot of brightness to it too.

Deborah said...

I just made something similar last week - yum!

Ann said...

For sure a genuine choice...can guess how divine it can taste..love to try this

Mary said...

Kevin, what a spectacular combination. This is on my must do list.

Julie said...

Yum...looks super!

Noodlegirl said...

I love that rice I tried to make it a couple of times but it just seem to be lacking in something I am definitely going to try your recipe!

PG said...

now this is already the second recipe with brown rice I have found on the blogsphere and would so want to try to make my family convince that brown rice can taste good. High time to start doing it. Sounds wonderful with the flavour of lime and with beans and, of all, cilantro in the burrito, yummy!

Jan said...

Ooh now I'm loving the idea of lime flavoured rice!

Núria said...

Wow Kevin, what a fantastic blog you have!!! Wonderful recipes and pictures :D.

If a dish has rice involved in it... then it's my kind of meal ;D. Rice, lime and cilantro makes a beautiful combo.

JEP said...

Thanks for the recipe!

to2sassy said...

Lime Lime Lime! I LOVE lime and Cilantro.I am making an Asian Noodle salad with lime and cilantro today. I have planned a Chilli-Lime Steak Salad with a cilantro lime dressing for this week. I think I may have to work this in too! I wonder if lime trees are hard to grow?

Donna-FFW said...

How much like spring this must taste. Perfect side dish for a mexican grilled meat, Im thinking.. YUM!

Netts Nook said...

Kevin This rice looks great and lime to beat can't wait to try.

zerrin said...

I always find something new in your recipes. And cilantro and rice is another new recipe for me. Thank you for all these recipes.

Passionate About Baking said...

You got me on this Kevin. Anything Mexican, which has Indian flavours overlapping by the way, works magic.YUM!

Culinary Cory said...

I'm sure the smell of lime hitting the rice was amazing.

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ChichaJo said...

I'm a big fan of cilantro so I'm sure I would love this! My hubby love Mexican food so I am taking notes from this and you past few posts! Delicious!!!

Judy said...

I've made rice like this also and love it. Cilantro is so great. I just planted seeds in empty eggshells and am hoping to have lots of cilantro right outside my door.

Kerstin said...

The cilantro and lime rice is my favorite part of a Chipotle burrito too! Love your version!

Cakebrain said...

lime and cilantro are a fantastic combination! it looks delicious!

Food For Tots said...

Your combo sounds fantastic! I can't wait to try it out! Yum!

Amy B said...

Normally, I only fantasize about making your recipes (because I am such a dreadful cook) but this is one even I can make! Thanks for the inspiration, I love how you always make things a little "better." I eat a lot of brown rice, but never thought of cooking it in oil first.

Sara said...

I love anything that involves cilantro - I know some people don't care for it, but I'm definitely a fan.

Elra said...

I never tried rice cook this way, sounds pretty appetizing Kevin.
Cheers,
elra

Soma said...

Real neat.. great refreshing flavors to enjoy in this season.. & yes brwon rice is goood:-)

Sippity Sup said...

I like seeing how a cooks mind works. thanks for the insight. GREG

MaryBeth said...

My husband loves rice and OMG he would simply die for this rice, he can't seem to get enough cilantro in his diet!!

meeso said...

Cilantro and lime are two amazing flavors! Rice looks delicious!

MainClove said...

thanks for the sharing..have a nice day..

Melissa said...

I love rice in burritos - this sounds like it would be fabulous! I'm bookmarking it for my next Mexican night. Thanks!

Mrs Ergül said...

What a great way to brighten up plain ole rice!

Not Another Omnivore said...

My sister loathes cilantro...I still haven't figured out why...

NAOmni

Cate said...

Mmm, say cilantro and I am there. Love the smell of fresh cilantro. The rice looks fabulous!

Diana said...

Great idea to recreate the Chipotle rice! I think that's the only thing I like about the place! Bet this would be awesome with some grilled carne asada and peppers/onions...

Arch said...

My first time here - your blog is awesome !! Nice look cilantro rice - has a very Indian feel :)

A_and_N said...

Hi Kevin, that looks simple and fresh. and yes, we happen to have a rice cooker ;)

Elizabeth said...

I agree, I love the cilantro & lime rice at Chipotle. I haven't tried to make it at home though, now I'll have to give it a try! I also love the Burrito bowl and the tacos at Chipotle!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

This is such a great rice and is a perfect compliment to anything tex mex!!

FoodJunkie said...

This must be really fragrant!

Lisa said...

Great combination of flavours here Kevin. Just the type of rice dish I would be sure to enjoy.

Cheryl said...

I adore their rice, I love that you were able to duplicate it!

Passionate Eater said...

I adore Chipotle's rice, thanks for giving us the recipe!

Colin's Mom said...

This reminds me of a recipe from epicurious for Mexican rice with a cilantro dressing. I bet the addition of the lime really bumps it up a level. Sounds great.

duodishes.com said...

So funny that we never noticed these flavors in the Chipotle rice. Guess we're not real foodies! We should make a trip there just to confirm. :)

biz319 said...

Love lime and cilantro so next time I have my mexican fiesta, I can assure you this will be on the menu!

Thanks Kevin!

Bridgett said...

A delicious combo of flavors. Looks wonderful!

Katie said...

I love their rice and it looks like you are spot on! Good luck on the rest of your burrito quest.

Maya said...

Lime, cilantro and a plate of frijoles and I would be happy!

TINTIN said...

Yummy,...by just looking at the picture, I'm hungry already~:P

Chocolate Shavings said...

I'm always looking for new ways to hype up rice. This looks great!

Jennifer said...

One of my favs to make as well. PLease drop by soon Kevin.

chez aurora said...

This sounds good. It reminds me of a dish I made recently ..Baked Striped Bass with Coconut Chutney. It was served over brown basmati rice. The chutney had similar ingredients, plus grated coconut. Yum!

cheers!
Barbara

Catherine said...

We are definitely on the same page. Just posted about my love of Chipotle's Cilantro Lime rice: http://fishandveggies.blogspot.com/2009/02/cilantro-lime-rice.html

Maki said...

I love the cilantro+lime combination, i'll try this up.

janetching said...

Hmmm, love your rice, great combo, cilantro and lime, my all time favorites.

Heather said...

This was FABULOUS! I added a diced jalapeno with the cilantro to spice it up. YUM!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

I never thought of combining rice with lime. Sounds great!

Cooking and the City said...

I love rice! looks good :-)

Mrs. L said...

Never actually been to a Chipotles (I don't think the little stand they have at the Sharks Arena counts). May have to not only make a trip there, but try your rice recipe!

Michelle said...

I love this rice too! I want to make it soon.

heidileon said...

Cilantro rice is one of my favorites, even though I have never made it with lime. Sure is delicious.

Bamboo said...

Combining the two will surely give a yummy result. It looks nice!

Nicole said...

This looks really good. Mention cilantro and lime and I am there!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

I've always wondered what Chipotle uses in its rice to make it so darn tasty and addictive! I'm going to have to try this one at home.

Anonymous said...

Hi

Lime or Lemon rice is pretty common in south India. If you are interested I can send you the recipe.

HR

Gina said...

I love their rice! It's an addiction! I love that you made it healthier with brown rice :)

Seth said...

I just came across your blog and made this rice dish... sort of. I used organic brown jasmine rice and since I didn't have cilantro, I used these great frozen cubes of chopped basil (equiv of 2 tsp). You would think the frozen basil would be terrible, but it adds so much amazing and fresh flavor with zero stress! Anyway, the dish was delicious! Thanks!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Hey Kevin. I googled cilantro and lime rice and found your site. Yeah for me! I am going to make your rice recipe tonight with pulled pork tacos. It will be a great meal with the addition of your rice. Thanks! I look forward to following your site!

ANI said...

Wow. Nice pictures & simple recipes.. First time in your blog.

Beth M said...

I can not wait to try this! Rice is one of the most simple, satisfying and inexpensive "meal fillers" around. Also, it's a great use for all of the left over cilantro that I have from other recipes. I like to make sure nothing goes to waste!

Anonymous said...

Terrific recipe! Tried it last night as a compliment to chopped avocado and black bean salad from Vegatarian Times.It was great with the salad, and I tossed all the leftovers together and had it cold for lunch today. Yummy!

Levinson Axelrod said...

Thanks for this Chipotle inspired rice recipe. Looks great.

Lourdes said...

Hi,
I was looking for cilantro and rice recipe to make today for Cinco De Mayo. Stumbled onto your website and recipe. Your recipe sounds easy enough and so I will cook it tonite.
Also, NICE website! Very colorful and informative.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Paisley said...

I love Chipotle's rice too! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

MO said...

I just googled "cilantro rice" and found your recipe. Looks good!

Kareen said...

I tried this recipe on cooked red rice. I just sauteed the onions and garlic, added the cooked rice but added a little chicken stock and then used lemon (since I didn't have lime. PERFECT! Thanks for posting this. :)

Stephanie said...

This was the best rice I have ever made. It was way more flavorful than the cilantro lime rice you'd find at Chipotle. Loved it!

My Greenbrae Cottage said...

Thanks for a great recipe! I just found your blog looking for cilantro lime rice....and then found myself browsing your blog when I should have been cooking dinner!!! hee heee

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fabulous blog. You could use a sauce to make lime rice. Into two tsp of hot veg oil add 1/2 tsp each of mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal,pinch of turmeric and asafoetida when they splutter and allow to cool. into this add some lime juice,salt ,green chillies,slivers of ginger,fresh cilantro, curry leaves, and pour over a cup of cooked rice and mix. Fresh and zingy.

Abbi Harpe said...

Made this for lunch today. I added an extra clove of garlic and two bouillon cubes - loved it! Thanks for an awesome recipe.

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