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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

This popular side dish is so quick and easy to make, and it goes with just about anything, from grilled veggies and seafood to tacos and burrito bowls. The fragrant cilantro and lime are a marriage made in flavor heaven, enhancing each other. This recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Just add a protein, and you have a meal.




  1. Combine the rice, water, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes (or check the time listed on the package of your rice).
  2. Uncover, fluff with a fork, then add the garlic, scallions, and lime zest and stir to combine.
  3. Let cool for 1 minute then add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, lime juice, cilantro, and red pepper flakes or jalapeño, if using. Stir to combine and season to taste.


Note: You can use any type of rice, just be sure to adjust water-to-rice ratio and follow directions on package.