Lime Cilantro Rice

Living a gluten free lifestyle, sometimes means that we eat a lot of rice. I try to limit my rice intake but it is just so easy to make.  I like to play with rice and make it a bit different so that I'm not eating just plain rice all the time.  This lime cilantro rice is the perfect side dish and is just so easy to whip up.  It doesn't take long to make this and most everyone loves it.  
I adore cilantro, so much so that my husband started growing it for me in our garden.  I think it is just such a wonderful herb that gives so much flavor.  I also live just outside of Los Angeles so we are surrounded by amazing Mexican food that is full of cilantro.  The flavor of the lime and the cilantro make the perfect combination for this dish.  The flavors are not too strong but just add the perfect touch to this side dish.
This dish is especially good with some pulled pork on top or any meat on top.  I have made this for burrito bowls or just a side dish for tacos.  It just goes so well with so many dishes.  I also love to make this for when we have company over because it just elevates the rice and brings a punch of flavor.  It's so easy to just modify the recipe to fit how many people you are going to feed. Check out the video down below to see exactly how I made it and make sure to visit my YouTube channel for more great recipes and product reviews.
Yield: 8-10 servings

Lime Cilantro Rice

This side dish is sure to add a pop of flavor to any meal.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • grated zest of 2 limes
  • 3 stalks of cilantro, washed (the long thin part, no leaves)
  • 4 cups hot chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in medium/large saucepan. Saute the shallots until tender, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add rice and cook until translucent and well coated with butter, just a few more minutes.
  3. Stir in half of lime zest, the cilantro stalks and the chicken stock. Cover saucepan and let simmer until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Stir in remaining lime zest and cilantro leaves. Season to taste and serve immediately.
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