Cilantro Lime Rice

Here is the Cilantro Lime Rice I promised you. I served this up with the Sweet Pork Barbacoa and it was a great compliment. There are so many directions you can take this combination. A burritto, a salad bowl, or just the pork over rice.

The interesting thing about this recipe is that it calls for basmati rice, not your typical white rice. The first time I made this I thought “There really can’t be that big of difference,” but oh, was I wrong. Using the white rice was not bad by any means, but it was sweet. My husband asked how much sugar I added, but there was none. Paired with the Sweet Pork Barbacoa turned out to be a very sweet meal that I thought would be way more savory. So I made it a second time with the basmati rice and it made all the difference. Basmati rice is an Indian rice, with an extra aroma compound and my house definitely smelled like sweet/savory Indian food. Once I added the lime and cilantro it all came together into one fantastic rice dish.

This is officially my end all-be all of Cilantro Lime Rice. The only thing I MIGHT try in the future is boiling the rice in chicken stock rather than plain water, but I like this enough as is. I also might add a tad more cilantro, but again, it was still good enough as is. I used to have some serious cilantro aversions but I am slowly falling in love with cilantro, so it might just be me, making up for years of a bad cilantro attitude.

Cilantro Lime Rice
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tsp finely chopped Cilantro
  • 2 tbsp of Lime Juice
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  1. Rinse rice in a colander until water runs clear.
  2. Saute rice in oil for 3 minutes over medium heat, or until rice becomes puffy.
  3. Add water and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer until all the water is absorbed.
  4. Meanwhile, mix salt and lime juice together and chop up the cilantro.
  5. Once the water is absorbed, remove the bay leaf and stir in the lime juice and salt mixture and cilantro.

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