Side Dishes

Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice


This is my favorite rice recipe, and I fix it all the time. It’s perfect for burritos, burrito bowls, or as a simple side dish.

After trying Chipotle for the first time in high school, I quickly went about finding a copycat of their delicious rice. Though the other elements of their burritos are tasty, in my opinion it is the rice that makes the burritos so good. Cilantro lime basmati rice to be exact. Before eating at Chipotle, I had never had basmati rice before (I also hadn’t eaten much Indian food, which is now one of my favorite types of cuisine.), and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s delightfully aromatic, and I now make it more than any other type of rice. If you haven’t tasted it before, you NEED to try it ASAP. Cilantro lime rice would be a good place to start…




1 Tbsp. butter
1 1/3 cup basmati rice
2 cups water
2 limes, juiced
1 tsp. salt
½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped


1. Place rice in a bowl or liquid measuring cup. Fill container with water, and swirl your hand around to bring up excess starch. Discard cloudy water. Rinse rice 2-3 more times. Set aside.

2. In a 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add rice and toast for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in water, lime juice, and salt. Cover and bring mixture to a full rolling boil. Without lifting the lid, turn heat to low and allow rice to simmer for 15 minutes. Again, keeping the lid intact, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and stir in cilantro.


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