Side Dishes/ Vegetarian

Cilantro Lime Rice

I needed something fresh to cut the heat from the Shrimp a la Diabla. Typically, it is served with Mexican rice but I wanted something different. So I made Cilantro Lime Rice!

This couldn’t be easier to make. Cook the rice as you normally would. While the rice is cooking, chop your cilantro. Once the rice is done, add the lime zest, juice, and the cilantro. That’s IT!

I know people get stressed out about making rice but it’s really easy to make if you remember the ratio. 1:2 – 1 cup rice to 2 cups water.

Rinse your rice before you cook it. I put it in a colander and rinse it until the water runs clear.

Add the rinsed rice to your pot of water and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer for about 18 minutes. DON’T futz with it! Don’t lift the lid, don’t stir it, let it sit for the 18 minutes.

When the timer goes off, give the rice a stir with a fork and it will be nice and fluffy. I’d say check out the recipe, but I just gave it to you. Now that you know how to make perfect rice (without a rice cooker), you can make any variation, Cilantro Lime Rice, Mexican Rice, Fried Rice… insert Forrest Gump reference here. Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Rice

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 18 minutes Total Time: 28 minutes

Cilantro Lime Rice


  • 1 cup white long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp butter



Rinse the rice in a colander until the water runs clear


Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with the rinsed rice and butter


Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low


Let it sit for 18 minutes


After timer goes off, add the cilantro, lime juice and zest


Fluff the rice with a fork

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