Cilantro Lime Brown Rice is a great go-to side dish or base for a protein. I love whipping up a batch of this at the beginning of the week to serve with everything from asian meatballs to pan seared shrimp. It’s flavorful, easy to make, and healthy!
On a nearly weekly basis I like to make different versions of this cilantro lime brown rice. Sometimes I’ll throw in some toasted coconut chips and a splash of coconut milk, other times I’ll add toasted chopped almonds or hazelnuts. A generous squeeze of lime juice or rice wine vinegar is also a great addition if I’m serving this with something heavy or creamy. I’m telling you, the options are endless with this simple brown rice recipe!
Meal prep tips
Since this is a great meal-prep dish, let’s chat about how to prepare and store this Cilantro Lime Brown Rice for use throughout the week, and even the month.
This healthy brown rice side dish can be made up to 5 days ahead of time, although it’s best enjoyed within the first 3 days of making it.
Store cooked brown rice, or the prepared cilantro lime rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Looking to prepare it way ahead of time? You can also freeze this! To freeze this recipe, skip adding the cilantro and scallions, if using, until you are ready to eat it.
So, cook the brown rice according to the recipe, then add the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper; transfer to an airtight container or reusable zipper-lock bag and store in the freezer until ready to use. Remove rice from the freezer and let thaw overnight in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave. Reheat in the microwave, add a few more teaspoons of olive oil, stir in the cilantro and scallions, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
How to reheat cilantro lime rice
Transfer brown rice to a microwave-safe bowl and loosely cover with a damp paper towel. Heat for 1–2 minutes on medium-high power until warmed through; stir in a splash of olive oil and serve.
How to use cilantro lime brown rice
Make a quick weeknight dinner by serving this quick rice with a filet of pan-seared salmon.
Bulk up a burrito by adding a few scoops of this cilantro lime rice.
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Easy and healthy Cilantro Lime Brown Rice. A quick and versatile side dish for busy weeknights! Serve with asian meatballs, pan seared shrimp, or scooped into a burrito.
- 1 cup dry brown basmati rice
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced lime zest (from 1 lime)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup sliced scallions, optional
Bring two cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Rinse rice, then stir into boiling water. Bring water back up to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 30–40 minutes until water has been absorbed and rice is plump.
Fluff rice with a fork then stir in olive oil, zest, salt and pepper; let cool slightly.
Stir in cilantro and scallions, if using, season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
- Serving Size: ¾ cup
- Calories: 192
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 293mg
- Fat: 3.5g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 36g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 3.5g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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