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An easy healthy recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice that is made on the stovetop. Make this with brown or white basmati rice ( or jasmine!). #rice #cilantrolimerice #mexicanrice

Cilantro Lime Rice

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: side dish, vegan, gluten free
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


Cilantro Lime Rice with Coriander and Lime Zest, made on the stovetop with brown (or white) basmati rice. Vegan, healthy & Delicious!


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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • one small white onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 2 cups white basmati rice (see notes for brown basmati rice)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 12 limes- zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, leaves and tender stems
  • 3 scallions, sliced


Over medium heat, using a lidded saute pan or wide pot, saute onion and garlic in oil until fragrant and tender, 4-5 minutes. Add rice, saute 1-2 more minute, coating each grain, then add coriander, 1 tablespoon of the lime zest (save rest for garnish)  and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

Give a stir and add the water. Bring to a rapid boil. Cover, lower heat to low (gently simmering).

Cook 20-22 minutes or until all the water evaporates.

Fluff with fork, squeeze with lime juice (3-5 tablespoons) and right before serving, toss in the chopped cilantro and scallions.

Fluff again, taste and adjust salt and lime to taste.



If making ahead, add cilantro and scallions right before serving!

If using Brown Basmati Rice, plan on almost double the cooking time… 35-40 minutes (unless you soak the rice beforhand). Make sure to read package directions adjusting the liquid if need be.


  • Serving Size: ¾ cup
  • Calories: 187
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 446.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg