Cilantro Lime Rice

I’ve talked about my love of Chipotle before. It does not stop at the carnitas or the barbacoa, both recipes I’ve made at home. But in my opinion, you can’t have a burrito or burrito-bowl at home without this rice.

If you’re looking to gain weight like I am, use the butter recommended in this recipe. If you’re looking to lose or maintain weight, sub in olive oil instead. You’ll still get great flavor, but with less calories. This stuff is addicting, so watch out!

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Side Dish
Occasion Barbecue
Website Adapted from Skinnytaste's Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice
This tasty rice dish resembles Chipotle's famous recipe. It has a bright taste with the cilantro and lime, but is creamy and rich with butter. Perfect for burritos, burrito bowls, and side dishes for mexican and spanish meals.


  • 1 cup rice (long-grain or basmati)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 limes


Step 1
Combine water, rice and half of the butter in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Step 2
Continue to let it boil, lid off, until the water barely covers the rice.
Step 3
Turn the heat down extremely low, place the lid on the pot, and cook for 15 minutes.
Step 4
Turn the heat off and let the rice sit for 2 minutes.
Step 5
Add remaining butter, cilantro, and the juice of the limes to the rice, stirring gently to combine.
Step 6
Serve hot.
  1. Scott says:

    A little twist on this recipe is to saute the rice in the pan with the oil/butter just until it starts to smell nutty, then add the water and proceed as usual. You have to keep an eye on it because it cooks a bit faster this way, simmer for around 10 minutes. It keeps the rice from becoming sticky this way, which helps a lot if you’re saving some of it for leftovers later. I usually set half the rice aside when I make it and leave the cilantro and lime out until I’m ready to eat it.

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