This Cilantro-Lime Rice Is Better Than Chipotle's

This bright and tangy cilantro-lime rice makes a great addition to tacos or burrito bowls—or enjoy this easy side dish paired with grilled chicken or shrimp.

a recipe photo of a bowl of Cilantro Lime Rice
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, such as jasmine or basmati

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • Lime wedges for serving (optional)


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

  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 almost absorbed and the rice is just tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Add cilantro, lime zest and lime juice; fluff gently with a fork. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
3g Fat
36g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 6IU 0%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 2mcg 1%
Vitamin K 5mcg 4%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 23mg 0%

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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