4 Ingredient Cilantro Lime Rice: Rice Cooker Recipe

Photos by Marie-Catherine Dubé

This cilantro lime rice is easy, yummy and goes with everything. Add it your own burrito bowl but it also makes an excellent side dish to chicken, fish or steak. One rice so many ways!

Cooking rice is an art and it’s surprisingly easy to mess up. I made this flavorful rice in a rice cooker to avoid any rice mishaps.

I love the rice cooker method because it takes all the guesswork out of the rice cooking process. It makes perfect rice, every time. Of course, you can make this over the stove if you don’t have a rice cooker.

This fluffy rice is cooked and then drizzled with olive oil, lime juice and cilantro. It’s simple and easy and has so much flavor from a few simple ingredients.

This simple side dish can be served with your favorite Mexican dishes or on its own. Use this for meal prep for the week too! Make a bunch of cilantro rice and use it with Stuffed Bell Peppers (hold the quinoa) or stuff it in Avocado Chicken Rollies.

❤️ Why You’ll Love Cilantro Lime Rice:

  • Uses rice cooker for the easiest way to make rice. 
  • 5 simple ingredients.
  • Kids love it.
  • Makes a delicious side dish.
  • All kinds of rice are good for this cilantro rice.
Photos by Marie-Catherine Dubé

🍲 Ingredients

Long-Grain White Rice

Olive Oil

Lime

Cilantro

👩‍🍳 How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Add rinsed rice and water to a rice cooker and cook as normal.
  2. Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat. Let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Then, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the cooked rice and gently toss to coat. 
  4. Zest the lime and add the zest to the rice. Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the rice. Add salt and finely chopped cilantro then mix rice well to distribute the flavors evenly.
  5. Taste the cilantro lime rice and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt or lime juice according to your preference.

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Rinse your rice before adding to the rice cooker. Rinsed rice removed excess starch to prevent the rice from sticking to each other.
  • This is a filling and healthy option for babies and toddlers. For BLW, it can be difficult for babies to pick up grains of rice on their own. Spoon-feeding, in this case, is a great option.
  • Discard cilantro stems when cutting cilantro. They don’t have much flavor and don’t have a great texture.


🗒 Substitutions

  • Use any rice. I used long-grain rice but basmati rice, jasmine rice or brown rice work too.
  • Use avocado oil in place of olive oil.
Photos by Marie-Catherine Dubé


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

🤔 Common Questions

Is this dairy and gluten-free?

Yes!

Can I use any rice?

Absolutely! I use long-grain rice because it makes the fluffiest rice and doesn’t clump together. However, any type of rice works for this.

I don’t have a rice cooker. Can I make this over the stove?

Yes. Cook rice over the stove top according to package directions and continue instructions on the recipe card.

Cilantro Lime Rice Cooker Recipe

This Cilantro Lime Rice is made in the rice cooker for perfect, fluffy rice. With just a few ingredients you have a flavorful rice that's ready in less 20 minutes and is a versatile side dish, perfect for Taco Tuesday or burrito bowls.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: CIlantro Lime Rice, RIce cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • Rice Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped

Instructions

  • Add the rice and water to a rice cooker and cook as normal.
  • Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat. Let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Then, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the cooked rice and gently toss to coat. 
  • Zest the lime and add the zest to the rice. Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the rice. Add salt and finely chopped fresh cilantro then mix rice well to distribute the flavors evenly.
  • Taste the cilantro lime rice and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt or lime juice according to your preference.

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