I don’t call this recipe a Chipotle copycat… because I think it tastes better than the rice from Chipotle. Sometimes their rice can be so salty it doesn’t taste that good in my opinion. This cilantro lime rice will definitely delight your tastebuds! One of my favorite things about it is that it can be prepared ahead of time… I usually make the rice (except for the cilantro), then just reheat, add cilantro, and it’s finished 🙂 The reason I don’t add the cilantro earlier is because when the rice is reheated, the cilantro can turn darker in color, almost black. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal with fresh herbs, and it will still taste good, just look slightly less appealing. So I just add it in last to avoid the discoloration 🙂
I really don’t have any step by step pictures for this recipe, as it’s pretty straightforward, but here’s the final product…
Recipe adapted from The Low Roasted Italian
Cilantro Lime Rice
- 1 cup jasmine rice or basmati
- 2 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp . salt
- 1 tsp . sugar
- 1 Tbsp . vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp . fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp . fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp . orange juice
- zest of 1 lime
- 1 1/2 Tbsp . cilantro chopped
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add salt, bay leaf and rice. Return to boil. Reduce to simmer, cover 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, leave covered for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
Fluff rice with fork, add oil, sugar, zest, and juices. Stir to combine.
Add cilantro right before serving.