Cilantro Lime Rice

A garlic and herb white rice with fresh cilantro and lime for a bright herbaceous rice side or base.

This recipe for cilantro lime rice is packed with flavor and is the perfect side dish for any Mexican or Latin-inspired meal. The fresh cilantro, tangy lime juice, and fragrant garlic and shallot create a delicious combination of flavors. The rice itself is perfectly cooked and seasoned with just the right amount of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for a subtle kick. The Italian seasoning adds a unique touch that complements the other flavors perfectly. This rice is sure to impress your guests and will quickly become a favorite in your household.


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 diced shallot
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  1. Add 1 cup white rice and 2 cups water to saucepan with 1 tbsp butter and 1/4 tsp salt.
  2. Heat rice to a light boil. Cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prep ingredients to mix in rice.
  4. Once rice is cooked, stir and rest a few minutes and the mix in the herbs and fresh lime.

Gather and prepare the ingredients.

Chop the ingredients and add to a mixing bowl.

Stir together and set aside while the rice is cooking.

Remove rice from heat after 15 minutes.

Add the fresh herbs and seasoning.

Stir together and cover to keep warm.