Cilantro Lime Rice has big, bright flavors, and all you need are a few ingredients! It’s a perfect addition to Taco Tuesday meals, in burrito bowls, with grilled shrimp, or to serve with chili, to name a few ideas. Rice is, generally speaking, a filing, but boring side dish. By using both the lime juice and zest you change this staple into a delicious dish with a citrusy zing! Next you toss in some cilantro for freshness, a little salt and pepper, and that’s it. A simple, quick dish is on the table.
I like to use my old school citrus zester for this dish, because it makes more substantial pieces of zest, but a microplane zester works really well too. If you zest and juice your lime, then chop your cilantro while your rice is cooking, you will have your dish ready in 15 minutes. It’s a perfect, easy side for a weekday meal.
- 1 cup of jasmine, basmati or other long grain white rice
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- zest from 1 lime, chopped (about ½ teaspoon)
- juice from 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- ½ cup of chopped cilantro
- Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Once the water boils, reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer covered for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
- While the rice is cooking, zest and juice your lime and chop the cilantro.
- When the rice is cooked, add the salt, pepper, lime zest, juice and cilantro to the saucepan. Combine and fluff with a fork. Adjust the seasoning to your liking, then eat!