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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

This Cilantro Lime Rice is a great side dish for a wide variety of Mexican-inspired meals. Plus it is simple to prepare!
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:40 mins
CourseSide Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Mexican-inspired, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings5 side servings


  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice* (or white)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (more to taste)

Optional additions:

  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest, 2 green onions, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove minced garlic, sweet corn, black beans


  • Rinse and cook rice according to package instructions.*
  • Meanwhile, finely chop cilantro (large stems removed).
  • In a medium bowl, add cooked rice, chopped cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Add more salt to taste if desired (the flavors taste best when sufficiently salted!) or any optional flavors/additions.


*I use Lotus Foods Organic Brown Basmati Rice for this recipe. To cook: in a small saucepan, simmer 1 cup rice in 1 3/4 cup water (covered) for about 30-35 minutes.
This recipe works with long-grain brown or white rice. I used white rice when I initially posted, but now use brown rice. Both are tasty depending on your preference.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 139 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 99 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 111 IU | Vitamin C: 3 mg | Calcium: 11 mg | Iron: 1 mg