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Cilantro Lime Rice Instant Pot Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This cilantro lime rice is my go-to side dish! It's zesty, fluffy, and cooked to perfection in my trusty Instant Pot. A burst of fresh flavors that brightens up any meal!

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I'm letting you in on my go-to dish for a quick, flavorful side - my personal recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice. Imagine biting into fluffy grains zested with tangy lime juice, and a fresh pop of cilantro. It's my secret weapon for turning a simple Taco Tuesday into a south-of-the-border feast. And the best part? It’s all done in an instant pot. Yes, it's time to get your tastebuds on a flavor roller-coaster! Ready? Let's cook.

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Long-grain white rice: Essential base for the dish, absorbs flavors well and provides a fluffy texture when cooked in the Instant Pot.
  • Water: Necessary for cooking the rice, ensures proper hydration and steam to cook the rice to perfection.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and helps prevent the rice from sticking together, enhancing the overall flavor and texture.
  • Lime: Infuses the rice with a zesty and tangy flavor, adding brightness and freshness to the dish.
  • Fresh cilantro: Provides a burst of fresh herbal flavor, complements the lime, and adds a pop of color to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Instant Pot Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking by using high pressure, essential for quick and efficient rice preparation.
  • Lime Juicer: Extracts maximum juice from limes, ensuring a fresh and tangy flavor in the rice dish.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Total time: 17 minutes


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. In the Instant Pot, combine the rice, water, olive oil, and salt.
  3. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  5. Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the lime juice and chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 180 kcal | Carbohydrates: 36 g | Protein: 3 g | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 293 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 0 g | Calcium: 20 mg | Potassium: 60 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Vitamin A: 50 µg | Vitamin C: 5 mg

Tips for Making and Storing Cilantro Lime Rice Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the cilantro lime rice as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Transfer the rice to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the cilantro lime rice as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Place the rice in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and warm in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Cilantro lime rice is a versatile side dish that pairs well with Mexican, Asian, and Caribbean cuisines.

Common Questions About Preparing Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute brown rice for white rice, but you may need to adjust the cooking time and liquid amount accordingly.
How long does it take to cook cilantro lime rice in the Instant Pot?
The cooking time for cilantro lime rice in the Instant Pot is 4 minutes on high pressure, with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
Can I make this recipe without cilantro?
Absolutely, you can omit the cilantro if you're not a fan or if you don't have any on hand. The lime flavor will still give the rice a nice zesty kick.
Is this cilantro lime rice recipe gluten-free?
Yes, this cilantro lime rice recipe is gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free ingredients like plain white rice and fresh lime juice.
Can I double the recipe in the Instant Pot?
It's possible to double the recipe in the Instant Pot as long as you don't exceed the maximum fill line. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.

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