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Cilantro-Lime Rice

My family's favorite Mexican restaurant serves a similar rice as a side dish. I threw this together one night when I was making fajitas, and everyone loved it! It's such an easy side dish and pairs well with kabobs on the grill, too. —Robin Baskette, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • In a small saucepan, combine rice and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 12-15 minutes. Add lime juice, cilantro and nutmeg; fluff with a fork.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 130 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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  • SPKorn
    Feb 14, 2021

    Very good. I used a bouillon cube, 1 TBS Butter, and water instead of chicken broth to make the rice. Added tsp red pepper flakes. Nice addition to standard white rice. After cooking and cooling rice, added juice of 1 fresh lime and 1/2 cup cilantro leaves chopped. Will make it again.

  • Paul
    Dec 10, 2020

    This looks awesome! I have a couple of questions: 1. I am using a rice cooker. My rice cooker instructions admonish me not to use any ingredients other than water and rice in the cooker. Can thee ingredients be added in after the rice cooks? I use this method a lot, and since the rice cooker will stay on and keep the rice warm, in essence, this acts to "cook" my ingredients into the rice. Will this work for your recipe? 2. How much uncooked rice are you starting out with in this recipe? The recipe has measurements for all the other ingredients, but not the raw rice. Thank you!

  • brandhorstb
    Jun 23, 2020

    Very good. My family loved. I did not have jasmine rice, so I made it with basmati. It turned out well and did not stick together. We added additional lime to taste when eating. I have already made this twice, by request!

  • tkuehl
    Dec 10, 2019

    I love these flavors together, and it’s pretty versatile as a filler for enchiladas, tacos, burritos. Will make again!

  • justmbeth
    Oct 2, 2018

    Good alternative to plain rice.

  • lauramarielawson
    Nov 3, 2017

    Really good and simple. I used brown rice and added black beans. I will add more cilantro and more lime juice next time.

  • AllisonO
    Oct 16, 2017

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