Cilantro Lime Rice

This rice is dairy free, gluten free, and made with natural sugar
Servings: 4
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Time: 25 mins

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Cilantro Lime Rice

This Cilantro Lime Rice is easy to make, ready in 25 minutes, and is the perfect addition to any meal! Made with bright cilantro and zesty lime, it’s vegan, gluten free, and delicious!


Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients

Cilantro Lime Rice


How to make a Cilantro Lime Rice

We love to use our Instant Pot for this recipe, but be sure to check out the recipe card for how to make this on the stove!

  1. Make the rice.  Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear.  Add the water, salt, and rice to the Instant Pot.  Close and lock the lid.  Set the pressure to high and the timer to 4 minutes and let it go.  It will take about 10 minutes for the pot to build up pressure.  
  2. Prep the cilantro.  Finely dice the cilantro.
  3. Mix it together.  When the Instant Pot says 4 minutes are up, let the pot naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.  Then manually release the remaining pressure.  Add the lime juice and chopped cilantro and fluff with a fork and mix.


Quick Facts

How long does this dish take?  25 minutes

How much does this make?  4 servings

Does this meet my dietary needs?  This recipe is gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free.

How many bowls should I plan for this meal? 1 Instant Pot

How long does this keep?  1 week in the fridge in a sealed container

Is it freezer friendly?  No

Can I pack this for lunch? Yup! 


Substitution Options

All substitution options are a 1:1 substitution unless noted otherwise.

Rice:  Any type of rice can be used, except instant rice.

Lime Juice:  Lemon juice can be used but will result in a different flavor.

Cilantro:  Fresh parsley or dried cilantro can be used.

Salt and Water:  Sorry, no substitutions for these.

Additions: For more yummy flavor, try adding minced garlic!


Fun Fact! 

Rice is a staple in every house hold.  Not only is it cheap, but it is good for years (10-30 years to be exact!).  Rice is grown on every continent except antarctica, making it readily available. Rice is so readily available, that the Ming dynasty used rice and calcium carbonate to create the mortar for the bricks in the Great Wall of China.  (Source)


Try these other delicious recipes!

Lime Cockatil

Healthy Jalapeño Hotdish

Homemade Chipotle Bowl

Spinach Artichoke Dip


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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Servings: 4
Total Time: 25 minutes
This Cilantro Lime Rice is easy to make, ready in 25 minutes, and is the perfect addition to any meal! Made with bright cilantro and zesty lime, it's vegan, gluten free, and delicious!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro, lime, rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 171 kcal


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup water *see notes if making on the stove top
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro or 1/8 cup dried
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic optional
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil optional


Instant Pot Instructions

  • Rinse rice in water until the water runs clear.
  • Put rice, garlic (if using), and water into instant pot, lock the lid, and set the timer to 4 minutes on high pressure. It will take the pot about 10 minutes to build pressure.
  • While the instant pot is working it’s magic, finely dice the cilantro.
  • Once the time is up on the instant pot, let the pot naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.  Add the lime juice, cilantro, and coconut oil if using and mix.
  • Enjoy!

Stove Top Instructions

  • Use double the water called for instant pot instructions (2 cups water), bring it to a boil.
  • Add the rice and garlic and reduce to a simmer. Cover with a lid and let cook for 10 minutes until the water is absorbed.
  • Remove lid and fluff with a fork. Add lime juice, cilantro, and coconut oil, if using, to the rice and mix. Enjoy!



*If using the stove to make this rice, use 2 cups of water instead of the 1 cup called for for the Instant Pot.
Nutritional information is an estimate and for informational purposes only.
*Note: Additional substitution information can be found above in the substitution section of this post.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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