A wildly popular dish at Chipotle restaurants this Instant Pot cilantro-lime rice is easy to make at home, and with an Instant Pot®, it’s as quick as it is tasty.
If you don’t have fresh cilantro, look for cilantro paste in the produce or frozen section of your supermarket.
It’s the foundation for other great Instant Pot Recipes like burrito bowls, or the perfect side dish.
It’s a bowl of flavorful rice perfect to pair with any Mexican food or Mexican recipes like an enchilada, tacos, fajitas, and more.
We love the results with https://carolinarice.com/products/white-rice/ but you can opt to use jasmine rice, white basmati rice, or brown rice (adjust time here).
The fresh flavor and easy recipe make this one of my favorite ways to make white fluffy rice.
It utilizes the Instant Pot as a rice cooker.
We love this cilantro lime rice in Chipolte inspired burrito bowls.
There’s no burrito bowl recipes needed because it’s a meal where anything goes!
Below are some inspiration as to what to put in your homemade burrito bowl along with the cilantro lime rice.
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
Course: Side Dish
Duration: 15-30 min
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Cooking Technique: Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient: Cilantro, Lime, Rice
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup long grain rice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 ¼ cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, chicken stock, or water
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt1/2 if using water instead of broth
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon grated lime zest, optional
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Directions
SAUTÉ THE RICE.
Cooking rice in the Instant Pot requires less water and cooks in less time.
Wash the long-grain rice. This step is not necessary, however, if you opt to here’s how:
I do this by placing rice in a fine mesh sieve and running under water runs clear.
Select the Sauté setting and adjust to heat to Medium.
Add the oil to the bottom of the pot.
When it shimmers and flows easily, add the rice and garlic and stir to coat the rice with the oil, cooking for about 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant.
Add the broth and salt.
Lock the lid into place and turn the valve to “sealing.” Select Pressure Cook or Manual and adjust the pressure to High Pressure.
Set the timer for 7 minutes.
When cooking ends, carefully turn the valve to “venting” to quickly release remaining pressure (This is known as QR or Quick Release).
FINISH THE RICE.
Unlock and remove the lid.
Add the cilantro, lime zest (if using), and lime juice.
Stir very gently to combine.
Put the lid back on the pot but do not lock it into place.
Let the cooked rice sit for 3 to 4 minutes.
Fluff with a fork.
Serving suggestion: Try this cilantro lime rice paired with black beans.
You can make a double batch using the same ratio of rice and water.
The cooking time remains the same.
Fresh limes are best for the incredible lime flavor.
Store any leftover delicious rice in an airtight container, or cover tightly with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You can also freeze any extra rice in individual servings in freezer bags–perfect for meal prep.
You might also like our other Instant Pot Rice recipes.
We hope you think this is the best cilantro lime rice recipe and it becomes your best rice recipe.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth or water
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 if using water instead of broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest optional
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- SAUTÉ THE RICE.Select Sauté and adjust to heat to Medium. Add the oil to the inner cooking pot. When it shimmers and flows easily, add the rice and garlic and stir to coat the rice with the oil, cooking for about 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the broth and salt.
- PRESSURE COOK.Lock the lid into place and turn the valveto “sealing.” Select Pressure Cook or Manual and adjust the pressure to High. Set the time for 7 minutes. When cooking ends, carefully turn the valve to “venting” to quick release the pressure.
- FINISH THE RICE.Unlock and remove the lid. Add the cilantro, lime zest (if using), and lime juice. Stir very gently to combine. Put the lid back on the pot but do not lock it into place. Let the rice sit for 3 to 4 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 585mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
Nutritional Information may not be accurate
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