I’m always looking for ways to dress up the basics. Rice is definitely a basic around here and this is one of our favorite variations. This citrus-y rice with cilantro works really well with our Mexican food favorites as well as a stand-alone side dish with something like grilled pork loin.
The best thing about this rice is that if you’re making rice anyway, this really isn’t any extra work.
Lime Cilantro Citrus Rice
Start by cooking rice. If, for some reason you don’t know how to cook rice, don’t worry. It’s easy. Here’s how: In a heavy saucepan, put 2 parts water to 1 part rice (i.e. 4 cups of water and 2 cups of rice) and bring to a boil. Once the rice and water boils, put a cover on the pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then turn the burner off. Let the pan of rice sit WITHOUT taking the cover off for about 17 more minutes. It’s really, really important to leave that cover on. Don’t take it off. Don’t.
I love basmati rice. That’s my favorite and I use basmati rice for everything that I can. This rice is AMAZING with basmati rice; try it if you’ve never had basmati rice before!
Once the rice is cooked, stir in:
- the juice of 2 large juicy limes (or 2 T. of lime juice if you’re using bottled juice)
- 3/4 t. sea salt
- 1 bunch of cilantro, washed and chopped
Taste this rice as you’re preparing it. Stir in enough lime juice, salt, and cilantro so that the rice has personality and tastes the way YOU like.