Cilantro Lime White Rice

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A copycat version of Chipotle Mexican Grill’s famous cilantro lime rice.  Easy and refreshing.

Cilantro Lime White Rice - copycat recipe of Chipotle Mexican GrillWe love Chipotle Mexican Grill, but we do not have one in the entire state of Mississippi.  That’s just wrong!  I’m hopeful someday soon one will pop up in town, but for now, we make our own when the cravings hit.  This white rice infused with the herbal flavors of the bay leaves, the bitterness of the cilantro and the citrus tang of the lemon and lime juices is the perfect refreshing accompaniment to our fiesta.

Every time we make Mexican food for dinner, I try to whip up this Cilantro Lime White Rice.  It’s extremely easy to make on the stove-top and it makes a TON so I can freeze the leftovers for later.

Cilantro Lime White Rice - copycat recipe of Chipotle Mexican GrillDon’t need leftovers?  I’m thinking you can halve the recipe.  Use 2 cups water and 1 cup rice without changing the cooking time.  A half serving would be perfect for your family of 2-4.

What’s your favorite menu item at Chipotle?

Cilantro Lime White Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Cilantro Lime White Rice

A copycat version of Chipotle Mexican Grill's famous cilantro lime rice. Easy and refreshing.

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups dry white rice (basmati or jasmine)
  • Juice from half a large lime
  • Juice from half a large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, more to taste

Combine water, salt and bay leaves in a medium to large pot. (4 qt. pot is perfect, no smaller than 2.5 qt.). Bring to a rapid boil over high heat. Watch carefully. Right when it reaches the rapid boil, stir in the rice.

Keep on high heat until it just starts to low boil. Immediately cover and turn heat all the way down to low. Set your timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, turn off the heat, uncover and let set for 2 minutes. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl. Gently mix in the rest of the ingredients, serve immediately.

To freeze leftovers: Allow the rice to cool completely, then portion out in quart size freezer bags. Freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, open zipper about 1 inch to allow ventilation and microwave on high for 90 seconds (turning halfway through). Microwave for an additional 30 seconds at a time if more time is needed.

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Comments

  1. Yum! I think I would eat this rice as an accompaniment to just about any dish that lends itself to rice on the side. It’s nice to jazz up plain old rice with some interesting flavours (I LOVE pilafs). This particular recipe looks so refreshing and light. Thanks for sharing – I’ve pinned it ready to go!

  2. I also make cilantro lime rice, but I don’t use bay leaf…going to try yours next time!

  3. Wow, I’ve never seen rice like this. Each grain is separated from the rest. When I make rice it usually ends up a mess. Is that because of the sort of rice or my cooking method is the one to blame?
    I’ll try other sorts of rice first, to see what happens.

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