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Calling all Chipotle lovers! You can now make a huge batch of cilantro-lime rice yourself without leaving your house :) It’s super easy, you’ll love it!
This amazing cilantro-lime rice is very versatile – you can eat it so many different ways! Use this rice for Mexican-theme nights in tacos and burritos, serve this rice as a side dish for chicken, meat or fish – the possibilities are endless as cilantro-lime rice goes well with anything :) You can also toss in some protein like chopped chicken, shrimp or beans and turn into into a main dish! Another awesome way to use this cilantro lime rice is in a copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl salad – check it out, you’ll love it!
You can use any kind of rice for this recipe – white or brown. On the photos, I used brown rice as we are really trying to choose brown rice instead of white for health reasons – brown is just so much more nutritious! And those people who don’t like brown rice usually end up loving it in a form of cilantro lime brown rice :)
This recipe makes a big batch of 6-8 servings. We go though this rice really quickly in our house :) If this is too much cilantro-lime rice for you, just halve all the quantities. Or freeze the leftovers!
Cilantro-lime rice freezes pretty well. To freeze it, put cilantro-lime rice in a freezer ziploc bag, squeeze out all the air and freeze. Defrost in a refrigerator overnight, or in a microwave on a Defrost setting when in a hurry.
How To Make Cilantro Lime Rice
Step 1: Cook rice
You can use any type of rice (white or brown) and cook it any way you like – on a stove top according to package directions, in a microwave or in a rice cooker. The microwave method works for white rice only, if you never tried it, check it out here – how to cook rice in a microwave.
I always cook my rice in a rice cooker – it’s a completely hands off process, just put the rice and water in a rice cooker, press the Start button and walk away. Yes, I’m lazy like that :) Rice cooker is one of my most frequently used kitchen gadgets, and they are so cheap – you can get a great rice cooker for around $20!
If you never tried cooking brown rice in a rice cooker, or it never turned out well for you, you’ll like my article on how to make fluffy tasty brown rice in a rice cooker!
Step 2: Mix dressing and mince cilantro
While the rice is cooking, whisk the juice of 1 lime, minced garlic clove, 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp of salt in a cup. You will use this dressing, along with minced cilantro, to flavor the cilantro-lime rice!
To mince the cilantro, I always use my food processor – just throw the cilantro in a food processor bowl fitted with the steel blade, pulse for 30 seconds and you’ll get a perfect minced cilantro with virtually no effort!
Step 3: Season the rice with lime and cilantro
Drizzle the lime dressing and sprinkle minced cilantro over the rice. Using a fork, fluff the rice and mix everything thoroughly so the cilantro is evenly distributed. Taste the rice and add more salt and seasoning if needed. Enjoy your homemade Chipotle cilantro-lime rice!
Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice (White or Brown) Copycat Recipe
- 2 cups rice
- 4 cups water
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 bunch cilantro minced
- Cook rice according to package directions. You can use the stove top or a rice cooker (I always cook my rice in a rice cooker).
- Put lime juice, garlic clove, olive oil and salt in a cup and whisk with a fork.
- Drizzle the lime juice mixture over rice and put minced cilantro on top. With a fork, mix the rice thoroughly so the rice is fluffy and all the lime dressing and cilantro are evenly incorporated.