Cilantro Lime Rice

May 2, 2013

Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice

By: Coach Maria – Salus Nutritionist & Food Expert

If you’ve ever been to Chipotle, Café Rio or Costa Vida, you have probably had a taste of their delicious rice!

Rice will go with anything!

Enhanced with the zest of fresh lime and the complimentary flavor of cilantro, this rice is bursting with great taste!

Toasting the rice with a bit of oil beforehand will bring out a whisper of nuttiness and will prevent the rice from becoming mushy or paste-like.


1 tblsp coconut or olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
sea salt, to taste
1 c rice (I like to use white, but if you use brown, the cooking time will be a tad longer)
2 c organic chicken broth (water works as well, but the flavor will be somewhat subdued)
1-2 limes
1/3 c loosely packed cilantro, chopped

Heat oil.
Add onions, season with salt and stir for 3-5 minutes.  Add garlic, cooking for another minute and stirring to avoid scorching.
Reduce heat to low and add rice.  Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add broth, zest and juice of 1 lime and a pinch of salt.
Increase to med-high and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to allow for a gentle simmer and cover until tender (20 minutes for white rice/30-40 minutes for brown rice – check the bag for instructions, since they are all different!).
Once cooked, fluff rice with fork and stir in cilantro.
Taste and add more lime juice if necessary (depending on the size of your limes, you may need to add more juice or not).
This rice is fantastic as leftovers as well!  Refrigerate for several days and reheat over low heat, stirring frequently.

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