Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cilantro-Lime Rice

My mother and I are both complete suckers for cilantro. For instance, when either of us makes pico de gallo, by the time we're done you can usually smell the cilantro without even opening the refrigerator door. So when we tried the lime and cilantro-infused rice at Kanak Attack last spring during our pre-wedding tasting, we were both totally hooked. Of course, in true fashion, I had to figure out how to make it at home. And guess what? It's so easy, I feel like I'm cheating even calling it a recipe.

You literally only need three things to make this epic rice...

That's it. Rice, lime, and cilantro. No fuss, no frills. Just the way I like it.

And it's soooo tasty! I used basmati rice because I like the light, fluffy texture I'm able to achieve with it, but you could easily substitute any other kind of white rice you'd like. But the lime and cilantro... they make this dish sing. This is one of those truly light and refreshing sides that I guarantee you'll find yourself making week after week. Eat it alongside enchiladas, or stuff it in a burrito with all the fixin's. Or eat it in a bowl, topped with your favorite slow-cooked black beans and a little Mexican crema. The possibilities are endless! Just trust me. This rice is too easy and too delicious... there's no excuse not to try it.

Cilantro-Lime Rice
inspired by Kanak Attack Catering
yields about 4 servings

2 cups hot cooked basmati rice
zest and juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine the cooked rice, lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro; mix well. Add salt and pepper to your heart's desire. Serve warm, and enjoy!


  1. I love this rice !!! It's so pretty and cilantro speaks my language.

  2. Cilantro is funny - most people with love it or hate it, and there's not too much middle ground. I totally love it, and I have a feeling I'm going to totally love this rice!

  3. Looks lovely! So simple but can go with so many different dishes!

  4. Mmm, that looks wonderfully fresh and vibrant :) What a lovely side dish!

  5. I was looking for a recipe for cilantro infused rice and the like the way this one sounds. I think I may try it tonight. Thanks.


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