Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cilantro-Lime Rice for a Citrus #SundaySupper

Cilantro Lime Rice

Happy Easter!

This might read like my salmon dish I published a couple of months ago because I was searching for a more flavorful side dish. I honestly couldn't remember where I saw this idea, but when I went looking at recipes it occurred to me that a possibility was the restaurant chain, Chipotle. It's probably one of the least repugnant national fast-casual chains in this country. I admire their culture of sustainability and sourcing their ingredients from local farmers, so I thought I'd take this opportunitry to replicate this component for a citrus #SundaySupper.

The Challenge

In all honesty, this dish isn't very difficult to prepare but this side dish would be perfect when your attention is focused on the protein. At the very least, this dish provides a fundamental method for cooking rice on the stovetop instead of using a rice cooker.

The Source

I adapted this recipe by Kelsey Nixon I found on Cooking Channel's website by doubling the ingredients and adding a garnish.


1 cup white rice
10 sprigs fresh cilantro plus 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped.
2 cups chicken stock
Juice of 2 limes


1. Put rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water until the water draining from the strainer runs clear. In a small saucepan, bring the rice, cilantro sprigs, broth, and lime juice to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove the cilantro sprigs, stir in the chopped cilantro, fluff with a fork and serve.


Absolutely, however I'm a little surprised Chipotle does not have a seafood option on their menu because these flavors would complement it well.

Other Sunday Supper Participants

And finally, please check out this week's other Sunday Supper participants:

Better with Citrus Breakfasts:
Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:
Make You Pucker Salads, Sides, & Main Dishes:
Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:
Sour Sips & Drinks:
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  1. I LOVE the combination of cilantro and lime so when you add them both and combine them to rice, well, I'm just about in heaven. I think this recipe will be perfect for the warmer weather that approaches and summer bbqs. How do you think it would be served cold? Just wondering.
    Thanks for the recipe and Happy #SundaySupper
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  2. Oh wonderful! And I'm saving this for Cinco de Mayo.

  3. I forgot how good cilantro lime rice is. I want to give it a try with brown rice this week.

  4. What a great combo of flavors for rice.

  5. I love the simplicity of this recipe-4 ingredients. Cilantro rice is one of my absolute favorites and the addition of lime can only make it better. Thanks for sharing!

  6. A wonderful side dish! I love rice and I love limes, so this is a great idea.

  7. I think cilantro lime rice is so tasty! I might need to make this soon since I've got some cilantro sitting in my fridge!

  8. This with some grilled Tilapia would be amazing.

  9. Looks like a really great side dish for just about anything!

  10. Such a wonderful dish! I love cilantro and the citrus addition sounds so good in this! Cannot wait to try :)

  11. What a great dish! Next time I make fajitas, I'm going to try this as a side instead of the usual spanish rice!

  12. I love finding new ways to serve rice :)

  13. Even though I hate cilantro, I LOVE lime rice!

  14. Now this is a side dish I could eat up without having a main dish with it. Yummy.

  15. I am drooling just thinking about this dish! I love cilantro...I love lime...I love rice...this is perfection :)

  16. This is a great way to use up cilantro instead of having it turn into a bagful of black goo. And the lime sounds great! Will need to make this soon! Love it!

  17. I love the idea of lime flavored rice but I will have to pass on the cilantro.

  18. What a great side dish! Cilantro and citrus are made for each other. This would taste amazing with fish, chicken, or in a wrap...the possibilities are endless!

  19. I love Chipotle's rice, the flavor is off the chain! Thanks for sharing, definitely want to try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  20. This is right up my alley (something I like, translation for the youngsters) thanks for sharing!

  21. What a nice side dish, and I love Chipotle too! Interesting how you boil the rice with the cilantro sprigs and then remove... would have never thought of that! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Your rice looks delicious! Rice is a main staple at our house so am definitely going to give this one a go!

  23. I love Kelsey! She is so stinkin cute! This side sounds wonderful. I can make this my main meal easily. See I told you, you had plenty of time to cook, photograph and write the post on your dish! ;)

  24. Love this version with chicken stock. Must try it sometime !!

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  26. I tried this recipe tonight. I followed the recipe as written, but it came out soft and sticky. Any insight as to what I did wrong?

    1. Hi NMac, I'm sorry you had the experience with the rice. If it's coming out too mushy, try reducing the amount of fluid to 1 3/4 cups.


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