Cilantro Lime Brown Rice


Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Kick boring old plain rice off that plate and make a batch of this! The zing from lime zest and fresh cilantro is guaranteed to enlighten your burritos.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 3 cups cooked rice


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 tbs olive oil or butter
  • 1 small onion, red or white, mdiced (Optional but tasty)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lime (Plus more for garnish)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped


  • Zest half the lime, then juice it. Set aside.
  • Heat oil over medium in a medium sized saucepan.
  • Add onion and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to get tender, about 5 minutes. (You can cook it longer if you'd like the onion to be less present in the final product). Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
  • Reduce the heat to low, then add the rice. Stirring constantly, toast for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the broth, lime zest, and raise the heat to medium high to bring the mix to a boil.
  • Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer, then cover and cook until the rice is done, about 40 minutes.
  • Once all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked, fluff it with a form. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Add more salt or lime juice as needed.
  • Serve immediately as a tasty side dish or in a burrito, or chill and store for up to a week.
  • This rice is surprisingly versatile, welcome in nearly everything from Mexican to Thai dishes, so make a big batch!