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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

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4.20 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Yield 3 cups (4 servings)
Category Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Author Lauren


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 (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.


Zesting citrus: when zesting citrus, it's important to only zest the colored part. Avoid zesting the pith, or the tender white layer underneath the zest. The pith is very bitter and will change the flavor of the dish. I recommend using a microplane to mince the zest.


Serving: 3/4 cupCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3.5gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 293mgFiber: 2g
Keywords Chipotle cilantro lime brown rice, Cilantro lime brown rice, Cilantro lime rice
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