Pressure Cooker | April 25, 2018

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat

This easy cilantro lime rice copycat is one of our whole family’s very favorite sides to order when we eat out (cough cough Chipotle… and a few other places). We all go nuts over it- fighting over who has the last bite. So we had to start making this at home. We tried a few different versions, but this one is our go-to recipe! I like to use my instant pot for cooking the rice, but you can also do this over the stovetop.

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice in a white bowl with slices of fresh lime

How To Make Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

We’ve tried a couple of different techniques. We’ve tried cooking the rice in broth, lime and cilantro OR cooking the rice (in water) and adding the lime, cilantro and other ingredients after. The later is our favorite!

Step 1. I cook my rice in my instant pot. I use a 1-to-1 ratio with water and rice. 2 cups of rice and waters feeds my family (of 6) just fine.

Step 2. While the rice is hot transfer it to a large bowl. Add in oil, seasonings, lime juice and cilantro.

Easy Cilantro Lime Rice topped with fresh cilantro

Step 3: Toss well, and serve hot!

A close up of Cilantro Lime Rice in a white bowl

Dishes we love to serve this as a side with are

Authentic Pork Carnitas

Baked Creamy Taquitos

Creamy Chipotle Tacos

And we love to throw this easy cilantro lime rice copycat on nachos, in a taco salad or in burritos!  There are so many uses for this simple but amazing dish!!

Cilantro Lime Rice in a white bowl with a serving spoon

5 from 2 votes
Easy Cilantro Lime Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

The perfect balance of soft warm rice, citrusy tangy lime, fresh herbs and salty seasonings. Goes well as any side or add in for a delicious mexican dinner night. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lime rice, rice side
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 155 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 tsp sea salt add more if desired
  1. In pressure cooker add water and rice. Cook on rice setting until done.

  2. Remove rice into large bowl, add oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro, and salt. toss while hot until well combined. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cilantro Lime Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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    1. yes! you can use long rice or your favorite white rice. Jasmine and Basmati have a flavor that some might not like paired with lime and cilantro. I Love it! So I say use any of your favorite!