This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link we may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. This helps us keep our freebies, content, and tutorials FREE ALWAYS for you! We really appreciate your support!

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect compliment to any Southwestern or Mexican dish but my favorite way is to serve it with Grilled Margarita Chicken.  It is light, fluffy, and full of flavor.

This easy and delicious Cilantro Lime Rice recipe isn't over-powering and goes perfectly with any southwestern or mexican dish!

I shared my favorite recipe for grilled margarita chicken topped with avocado mango salsa with you and it just wouldn’t be complete without my cilantro lime rice!  This rice isn’t over-powering but perfectly balances the delicate flavors of cilantro and lime and serves as the perfect compliment to finish off your meal.

I like to make this with many southwestern and Mexican dishes because where regular rice can be kind of boring and blah, this rice is absolutely something to look forward to!  My kids love it and although they are definitely messy, I can’t stop them from gobbling it up every time I put a scoop on their plate.  It is tender, fluffy and just a tad sticky in the best way!

To make the rice, bring the water, salt, butter and rice to a boil in a good sized pot.  Once it is boiling, cover, reduce the heat to simmer, and follow the package instructions for cook time.  After about 20 minutes, my rice was done.  Uncover the rice and stir in the juice of 1/2 lime and 1/2 cup finely diced cilantro. Stir well and let the flavors set together at least 5 minutes before serving.

The Perfect Cilantro Lime Rice recipe! Not too tangy, but bursting with delicious flavors and tender, fluffy and a touch sticky in just the perfect way.

Scroll to the bottom for a full printable recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice. You can find the recipe for the Grilled Margarita Chicken here and the Avocado Mango Salsa here.

If you love easy and family friendly recipes make sure and follow The Pinning Mama on Pinterest andFacebook!

www.thepinningmama.comYou can see all of our recipes here, or check out some of my favorites by clicking the pictures below!


With a little bit of everything this chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of the BEST! I make them mini, because everything is better when it is bite sized!

No fail banana bread recipe- ALWAYS moist, high rising, and full of flavor! So simple too!

BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza- Prepped and ready in 20 minutes!

Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ cup cilantro, diced
  1. Bring the water, rice, butter and salt to a boil.
  2. Cover and reduce heat.
  3. Follow package directions for cooking time.
  4. Once done, uncover stir in the lime juice ad cilantro and mix well.
  5. Allow flavors to set for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with grilled margarita chicken

Get new family friendly recipes and kitchen tips straight to your inbox!
Your email address:*
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries
New Comment


  1. says

    This is a perfect summer side dish, when we can grow the cilantro on the cheap. It just has a little extra “kick” over plain rice. The rest of the dish looks yummy too:) It just feels bright and fresh!

    • says

      I’ve always wanted to grow cilantro! I hear it is way better fresh from the garden. Right now my hands are too full to keep much else alive though haha


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: