Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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Rice can be pretty bland, but this Cilantro Lime Rice made in the Instant Pot is a wonderful side dish for a variety of entrées. In this recipe, lime and cilantro are paired to create a classic flavor combination that brings added depth to your dishes. And if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make this dish on the stovetop too!

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Cilantro Lime Rice

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

Transform boring, basic rice into something extraordinary with the addition of a few fresh ingredients.

In this recipe the rice is cooked in an Instant Pot, but you can just as easily use rice that has been cooked in a pan on the stove, or even use microwave rice.

The magic happens after cooking the rice with the addition of garlic powder, fresh lime juice and cilantro. You’ll be amazed at how much flavor that this gives the rice, as well as being so easy to do.

The cilantro lime rice can be served with a variety of dishes from simple chicken or fish, to Mexican Pork Carnitas or stuffed inside burritos to name a few.

Add this rice side dish to your meal rotation today, you will not be disappointed!

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Rice

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

How Do I Make Cilantro Lime Rice?

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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Michelle Ordever
Rice can be pretty bland, but this Cilantro Lime Rice made in the Instant Pot is a wonderful side dish for a variety of entrées.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican/Tex-Mex
Servings 4 -6
Calories 179 kcal


  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice rinsed until water runs clear
  • cup chicken or vegetable broth/stock
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest preferably organic
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • Add rice and broth to Instant Pot container and stir to combine. Cover and lock the lid into place. Set valve to “Sealing” and select the “Manual” and “High Pressure” settings. Adjust cook time to 15 minutes.

    Making Cilantro Lime Rice in the Instant Pot
  • Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release for any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid and stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  • If desired, allow flavors to combine for several minutes before serving. Enjoy!

    Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe


Serving: 1 | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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