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Cilantro lime rice {Arroz con cilantro}

My simple and delicious recipe for homemade Latin style cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro lime rice

This homemade Latin style cilantro lime rice is very simple and easy to make. If you already have rice cooked ( Latin/Ecuadorian style is best), then just mix it some chopped cilantro and lime juice. If the rice isn’t cooked, just follow the instructions included below to cook the rice.

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This cilantro lime rice is great side dish to serve with fish, seafood, meat, poultry, etc. Of course, it’s also great just with leftover beans or with a fried egg on top. This rice is also very easy to customize, you can add additional veggies like carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, or you can also replace the cilantro with parsley, dill, or basil.

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Cilantro lime rice

Cilantro lime rice {Arroz con cilantro}

Easy and simple recipe for homemade Latin style cilantro lime rice.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Ecuadorian inspired, Fusion, Latin
Keyword: Cilantro, Cilantro lime rice, Lime, Rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 cups of cilantro rice


To cook Latin style white rice:

  • 2 cups of uncooked white rice long grain
  • 2 tablespoons of oil or butter
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped white onions
  • 1 garlic clove finally chopped or minced– optional
  • 2 ¼ cups water adjust based on altitude (add an additional 1/4 cup of water if you aren’t using long grain rice)
  • Salt to taste

For the cilantro rice:

  • ~6 cups of cooked rice
  • 1 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
  • Juice from 1-2 limes adjust to taste


  • Heat the oil or butter on medium low temperature in medium sized saucepan.
  • Add the chopped onions and garlic, cook until the onions are translucent and soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the uncooked rice and stir it until it is well coated by the oil, add the water with a little bit of salt, and bring it to a boil.
  • Let the water boil until it’s reduced and barely covers the rice, cover with a lid, reduce the temperature to low or simmer, and cook for about 20-25 minutes. The rice should be fully cooked, but firm and not sticky (think al dente). It will take longer to cook at higher altitudes.
  • Mix the rice with the chopped cilantro and lime juice, taste and add additional salt if needed. Can also add a bit of olive oil if desired.


*To get the right level of salt when cooking rice I will usually add some salt at the same time as I add the water, then stir it well, and taste. The water should be lightly salted.
How to make cilantro lime rice

Preparation photos for cilantro and lime rice

Heat the oil or butter, then add the chopped onions and garlic
Add the rice and mix until coated
Cooked white rice
4- Cilantro and lime for the rice
Mix the rice with the chopped cilantro and lime juice
Easy cilantro rice recipe

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