If I see cilantro-lime in a recipe title, chances are I'm immediately saving it. It's easily one of my favorite combos, and come on - it's Mexican food.
I've been making this cilantro-lime rice for a few years now, and it's one of my favorite side dishes. For some reason, the traditional red Mexican-style rice feels heavy to me, and this just feels so light and fresh. Oftentimes I even use quinoa instead of the rice, and I use brown rice sometimes too - it just depends on my mood and the rest of the meal. Any grain will do here!
Also, if you're a fan of Chipotle, this is a pretty close approximation of the rice they serve! I have used this rice as the base for a burrito bowl many times, in fact. It really is one of my favorite recipes.
On a semi-related note, I've started a Pinterest board for my very favorite recipes in the whole wide world. These are recipes that I make over and over again, and are family favorites. Some are from my blog, but many are from other blogs and sites, and I've just never posted them here. But I want to share them with you, so if you're interested in what makes me happy, be sure to check it out :)
adapted from Everyday Food (RIP) via Annie's Eats
- 1 cup long grain white rice*
- 2 cups water
- kosher salt
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro, lightly packed
- 1 tsp lime zest
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 Tbs canola oil
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tbs water
Combine the rice, water, and 1/2 tsp salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
Meanwhile, in the bowl a food processor or a blender, combine the cilantro, lime zest and juice, canola oil, jalapeño, water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Puree until smooth.
Stir the cilantro-lime puree into the rice, taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed, and serve.
*If you use another grain besides rice, be sure to read the package directions for water:grain ratio and cook times.