Lime and Cilantro Rice

by Erica Dinho on July 31, 2010

Cilantro and Lime Rice

Hi everyone,

I am going on vacation this week, so I invited some of my blogger friends to guest post for me while I’m away. I won’t be able to visit your blogs or approve comments, but I promise I will visit you and read your comments as soon as I get back.

I’m looking forward to getting your feedback about all the guest posts! Thank you.

Now, I want to share with you a simple, but delicious Lime and Cilantro Rice recipe. Buen Provecho!



  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • Salt
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, and garlic and cook about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Add the rice, stir with a wooden spoon to coat well, and cook for 1 minute. In a small bowl add the finely chopped cilantro, cumin, zest and lime juice.
  3. Add the water, cilantro mixture and salt. Bring to a boil, stir and decrease the heat to low.
  4. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  5. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best July 31, 2010 at 9:50 AM

This looks like a great way to serve rice with a different spin. It looks great!


2 Tracey@TangledNoodle July 31, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Enjoy your vacation and thank you for leaving us with this simple yet tasty dish. I serve rice regularly so it’s nice to be able to change up the flavors a bit. 8-)


3 Baking is my Zen July 31, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Love lime & cilantro together!

I’ll be doing 7 posts from the ‘Baked’ Cookbook from 8/8 to 8/14. Haven’t decided the giveaway yet. Part of the rules are to comment on the 7 posts. If you’re not around, maybe you can ask someone to comment for you…

Have a wonderful vacation…rest up dear blooger friend Erica!


4 Belinda @zomppa July 31, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Have a great break – and thanks for leaving this great recipe!


5 Oysterculture July 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Bon voyage! Can’t wait to hear how your vacation went. This recipe will keep us satisfied in the meantime.


6 Cynthia July 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I can just imagine how fragrant this rice must be.


7 grace August 1, 2010 at 4:26 AM

a surefire way to make sticky, gross rice appeal to me is to include lime or cilantro. both together = irresistible! :)


8 Joan Nova August 1, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Lime brightens any dish!

Have a great vacation.


9 Angie's Recipes August 1, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Looks so fresh, healthy and delicious!


10 Faith August 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Yummy looking rice dish! I hope you have a wonderful time on vacation!


11 Anna August 4, 2010 at 12:48 AM

I love rice with herbs, I use dill also sometimes. But I never used cumin, that must be yummy. It looks great Erica.


12 tasteofbeirut August 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM

this rice sounds delicious light and refreshing with the lime and cilantro flavors!


13 Muneeba August 5, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Happy vacationing! Do tell us where u went! And I love the tangy, aromatic rice.


14 Lauren November 29, 2010 at 11:16 PM

I just made this recipe tonight and I love it!! I had some leftover cilantro and before it went bad I didn’t want it to go to waist. So I googled a recipe for rice with cilantro, Colombian style and I came across your site!! I’m so happy that I found your site because my boyfriend is from Cali, Colombia!! I want to start cooking Colombian food for him and his family. I want to impress them one day and I think your site will help me do that! You have amazing recipes and I can’t wait to try the coconut rice and the butternut coconut soup next! Coconut is my fav! Thanks Erica


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