Today I have a way to spice up a plain rice dish quickly and easily. Cilantro lime rice is a nice change of pace from plain white rice and you can throw it together in just a couple minutes. Your family will be wowwed by this take on rice.
You might not be surprised to learn that we eat a lot of rice in our house. Living in Thailand, it simply can’t be avoided. We buy rice in 10 pound bags and go through a bag in about a month, and that doesn’t include the rice we eat when dining out, which can be as much as 3-4 times a week when we’re both feeling lazy and don’t want to cook.
The rice matches very well with both Mexican and Thai food, which is no surprise since both make generous use of both cilantro and lime. It also pairs very well with grilled foods as the bright herbaceous nature of the cilantro lime rice comes up against the smokey flavor in any grilled dish.
- 1 cup jasmine, long-grain white, or basmati rice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, including stems
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- If you have a rice cooker, cook the rice per the instructions for your cooker. Otherwise...
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1½ cups water to a boil. Add rice and ½ teaspoon salt; cover, and reduce to a bare simmer. Cook until water is absorbed and rice is just tender, 16 to 18 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water; blend until smooth.
- Stir the mixture into the cooked rice, and fluff with a fork.
- Serve and enjoy!
Anytime you are looking for a way to add some bright flavors to otherwise dull rice you can give this cilantro lime rice recipe a try.