Monday, March 3, 2014

Cilantro-Lime Rice


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 :)

Cilantro-Lime Rice
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.


Josie said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.
Rebecca @ Sweet & Simple Life Blog

Josie said...

Truly a creative dish. It looks very attractive indeed. I'm pretty confident in the taste of it. Thanks for sharing.

Josie said...

I CRAVE this rice. Like, non-stop every day. So good!!

Josie said...

I don't really eat a lot of rice except when I eat in a restaurant. Sounds kind of weird now that I am writing that. It's not like it's difficult to fix or that I son't have it on hand. But I am loving lime flavor these days. Plus I am always on the outlook for a side dish that is subtle when there is a meat or fish dish that is the Queen of the meal. Subtle is not the same as boring. There in lies( or is it lays) the challenge. This recipe works.

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