Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe: What to Serve With Tacos (or Anything) by 30Seconds Food

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe: What to Serve With Tacos (or Anything)

Looking for a side dish to go with your Mexican dishes? Spanish rice rocks, but it'll turn green with envy over this cilantro and lime rice recipe. With filling rice, fresh cilantro, lime and garlic, what a great way to spice up taco night!

To make this gluten-free cilantro lime rice recipe, you will need just a few simple ingredients. Here's your short shopping list: white rice, olive oil, chicken broth, fresh cilantro, limes for juicing (fresh is best), garlic and salt. The cilantro is blended with the lime juice, garlic and a little water until pourable. Pour it over the cooked rice and it's ready to be serve. Delicious!

Besides tacos, this cilantro rice recipe is also great with grilled chicken, fajitas, pork or seafood

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Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons water

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Recipe Notes

  • Change things up by making this recipe with lemon juice instead of lime juice and parsley instead of cilantro.
  • Store any leftover rice in an airtight food container in the refrigerator.
  • Make a double batch of this cilantro lime rice and freeze for later.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pot. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until it gets light brown.
  2. Add the chicken stock and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until rice is just tender.
  3. To a blender, add almost all of the cilantro (save a little for garnish), lime juice, garlic and water. Blend. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more water if it’s too thick.
  4. Pour cilantro mixture into the rice. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with additional cilantro and lime wedges. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 142

Total Fat: 1.2g

Saturated Fat: 0.2g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 492mg

Total Carbohydrate: 29.2g

Dietary Fiber: 2.1g

Total Sugars: 2.1g

Protein: 4.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 83mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 486mg

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Donna John
Mmmm! I love cilantro rice. This would also make a great taco filling for Meatless Monday!
Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, this looks amazing!

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