overhead image of brown rice with chopped cilantro and lime wedges in a shallow bowl

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups (4 servings) 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


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: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 192
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 293mg
  • Fat: 3.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Cilantro lime brown rice, Cilantro lime rice, Chipotle cilantro lime brown rice,