Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

This nutty cilantro-lime brown rice is perfectly tender and scented with lime and hints of cilantro. Use this easy recipe in burrito bowls or tacos, or serve alongside jerk chicken.

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
Photo: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Rinse rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water, stirring with your fingers, until the water runs clear, about 1 minute.

  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rice and garlic; cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add water and salt; increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover; simmer, undisturbed, until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately add lime zest and lime juice, fluffing gently with a fork. Cover and let stand until fluffy, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve hot with lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
5g Fat
40g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 36IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 61mg 15%
Potassium 144mg 3%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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