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This is the best cilantro lime rice. It is super fluffy, and full of flavor.
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The Best Cilantro Lime Rice

This is the best cilantro lime rice. It is super fluffy, and full of flavor. It packs a punch with a cilantro lime garlic pesto folded in.
servings6 people
prep10 minutes
cook20 minutes
course: Side Dish
cuisine: Mexican
author: Brianna May



  • 1 Tablespoon butter*, unsalted
  • 1 ½ cup jasmine rice*, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cilantro Pesto Sauce

  • 1 cup cilantro, leaves & stems
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • t tablespoon olive oil


Let's cook the rice!

  • In a medium sized pot, melt the butter on medium high heat. Add the rice, and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Continuosly stir the rice so it does not burn.
  • Add in the onion powder, and salt. Sauté until fragrant for about 1 minute.
  • Add the water. Once it is rapidly boiling, cover, and turn the heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes, so that all of the water has absorbed.

Let's make the pesto!

  • While the rice is cooking, in a food processor, add the cilantro, garlic, lime, and olive oil. Blend well, until completely smooth.

Let's finish it!

  • Fold the pesto into the rice until fully combined.


* You can replace the butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to make the dish vegan. 
* You can use a different kind of white rice. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package for the rice to water ratio, and the cook time
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