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Cilantro Lime Rice in a Rice Cooker 

Delicious and easy cilantro lime rice made in a rice cooker! The perfect side dish for taco night, this rice is flavorful, super easy, and made with simple ingredients. Vegan + gluten free!

  • Yield: 4 Generous Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Key Ingredients: Rice, Cilantro, Limes
The finished cilantro lime rice in a rice cooker on a wood table surrounded by fresh avocados, limes, tomatoes, cilantro, and flowers.
Cilantro Lime Rice made super easy in a rice cooker! The best side dish because it’s so quick to make.
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This cilantro lime rice is a deliciously fluffy and super flavorful rice thanks to lots of fresh lime juice, zest, and cilantro. But it’s so simple to make that you can easily add this to your weeknight dinner rotation. Add all the ingredients to the rice cooker, give it a stir, and hit the start button! In 25 minutes you have an amazing side dish with almost no work. 

Add this cilantro rice to all sorts of dinners! It’s perfect with some tofu tacos, as a side of taco casserole, or pour some plant based queso cheese over top. Yum! 

Ingredients

Here is a quick rundown of what you’ll need to make this cilantro lime rice. For the recipe amounts, please see the recipe card below. 

Ingredients for the cilantro lime rice in various bowls on a wood table. Black and white labels have been added to name each ingredient.
Pre-measured ingredients in various bowls on a wood table ready to mix together.
  • Rice: Jasmine rice and basmati rice are my two go-tos for this recipe but any long grain rice will work. 
  • Lime Juice and Lime Zest: Fresh lime juice and zest work together to really brighten up this dish. 
  • Cilantro: While the best is fresh, yes, you can make this rice with dried cilantro as well. The instructions are slightly different, so please follow the right ones for the type of cilantro you are using. 
  • Water: To cook the rice.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt to round out all the flavors. 

Instructions 

This cilantro lime rice comes together so quickly! It really is easy to make.

Make sure to check out the recipe card below for the full recipe and ingredient list.

Step One: Rinse the Rice 

Start by rinsing the rice. Make sure that the water runs clear so that you have removed a lot of the starch. If you skip this step, the rice can turn out gummy. I typically use a big mesh strainer and wash it for a full minute under running water. 

Step Two: Add to the Rice Cooker 

A rice cooker on a wood table with the uncooked cilantro lime rice inside of it. A pat of vegan butter floats on top.
Add everything to the rice cooker (minus the cilantro) and you’re done!

Next, add the rinsed rice to the rice cooker. Pour in the lime zest, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. 

Give it a good stir and press the “on” button (or the equivalent on your rice cooker). And that’s it! Now it’s time to wait while the rice cooks. 

Depending on if you made a single or double batch of this rice, in about 25 minutes your kitchen should be smelling amazing. 

Tip! When the rice is done, let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes with the lid on but don’t stir it. This helps to finish steaming. 

When the rice is done, add the freshly chopped fresh cilantro and give it one final stir. 

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve. 

A blue plate is filled with a big scoop of cilantro lime rice. Fresh avocados, limes, and more cilantro surround the plate.
Top with lots of fresh cilantro and mix it together. Yum.

Top Tips 

  • Rinse Rice: It can’t be understated how important it is to wash the rice! Rinse the rice in a fine mesh strainer under cool water for 1-2 minutes until the water runs clear. This removes that extra starchiness and prevents the rice from being gummy. 
  • Don’t Stir: As soon as the lid of your rice cooker goes on, refrain from stirring the rice as this can cause the rice grains to break resulting in sticky rice. 
  • Allow the Rice to Rest: After cooking, don’t remove the lid and let the rice rest in the hot pot for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the moisture to distribute evenly and let it finish cooking. 

How to Store 

Fridge: Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

To Reheat: Place the rice in a microwave safe bowl along with a sprinkle of water. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring and re-covering until heated through. 

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The finished cilantro lime rice in a rice cooker on a wood table surrounded by fresh avocados, limes, tomatoes, cilantro, and flowers.

Cilantro Lime Rice in a Rice Cooker

Delicious and easy cilantro lime rice made in a rice cooker! The perfect side dish for taco night, this rice is flavorful, super easy, and made with simple ingredients. Vegan + gluten free!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: side dishes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 258kcal

Equipment

  • Rice cooker
  • measuring cups
  • mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup long grain rice
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice basically the juice from 2 or 3 limes
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice. Using a mesh strainer or a large bowl, rinse the rice til the water runs clear. Make sure to shake out any excess water.
  • Add the ingredients to the pot. Add the rinsed rice to the rice cooker along with the lime juice, lime zest, and pinch of salt.
  • Cook the rice. Press the start button and let it go! Or, follow the instructions for your unique rice cooker.
  • Serve. When the rice is finished, let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork and adding the freshly chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Notes

  • How to Store
    • Fridge: Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    • To Reheat: Place the rice in a microwave safe bowl along with a sprinkle of water. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring and re-covering until heated through.
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Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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