Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

 

I love Spring! The smell of fresh cut green grass – Roger is outside mowing right now –  blooming flowers, and warm sunshine. Even though spring does come with its downsides, like horrible allergies, and the threat of tornados, it is just so nice to be done with winter and onto the pleasures of warm weather.

 

Cilantro Rice

 

So since everything is turning green and Cinco de Mayo is this coming Monday I thought it would be the perfect time to share this Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.

 

Lime Rice

 

This Cilantro Lime Rice is the perfect side dish for any Mexican Fiesta or Cinco de Mayo party.

 

Rice with Lime and Cilantro

 

This Cilantro Lime Rice recipe makes enough for 4-6 people as a side dish.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup long grain white rice

1 lime

2 cups water

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large clove of garlic

½ cup cilantro

 

Green Rice

 

First, soak the rice for 10-15 minutes in a bowl of water – this will help with the stickiness of the rice it will remove some of the starch. While the rice is soaking use a peeler to take off the outer green layer of the lime – make sure not to get too much of the fleshy white between the green peel and the lime juice – another option for removing the green layer is to zest the lime. Drain and rinse the rice, place it in your pot or rice cooker, pour in 2 cups of water, sprinkle on ¼ teaspoon salt, and squeeze the juice of the peeled lime over the rice.

 

Cook the rice as you normally do. I have never cooked rice in a pot on the stove; sorry I can’t be of any help there. I grew up in a half Asian home so all our rice was cooked in rice cookers – my mom has at least three different sized rice cookers. If you do not have a rice cooker I would definitely recommend getting one because they are so simple to use!

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Blend Cilantro and Lime

 

While your rice is cooking, place the lime peel (or lime zest), ½ teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, and ½ cup of cilantro in a blender. Blend until smooth – this is really important you do not want to bite down on a chunk of garlic or a sliver of lime peel.

 

*The sourness of the lime can vary, if need be add more sugar to cut back on the sour taste.

 

Fluff the Rice while mixing in the Cilantro Lime mixture

 

Once the rice cooker has “popped” – signaling the rice has finished cooking – place the rice in a medium sized bowl, pour the cilantro lime mixture on top, and use a fork to fluff the rice and mix the cilantro lime juice into the rice.

 

Rice with Cilantro and Lime

 

Enjoy your Cilantro Lime Rice as a side dish with a sprinkling of pepper to taste.

 

 

Cilantro Lime Rice
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup long grain white rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 lime
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ teaspoon sugar
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 1 large clove of garlic
  8. ½ cup cilantro
Instructions
  1. First, soak the rice for 10-15 minutes in a bowl of water – this will help with the stickiness and mushiness of the rice by taking out some of the starch. While the rice is soaking use a peeler to take off the outer green layer of the lime – make sure not to get too much of the fleshy white between the green peel and the lime juice. Drain and rinse the rice, place it in your pot or rice cooker, pour in 2 cups of water, sprinkle on ¼ teaspoon salt, and squeeze the juice of the peeled lime over the rice.
  2. Cook the rice as you normally do.
  3. While your rice is cooking, place the lime peel, ½ teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, and ½ cup of cilantro in a blender. Blend until smooth – this is really important you do not want to bite down on a chunk of garlic or a sliver of lime peel.
  4. Once the rice cooker has popped – signaling the rice has finished cooking – place the rice in a medium sized bowl, pour the cilantro lime mixture on top, and use a fork to fluff the rice and mix the cilantro lime juice into the rice.
  5. Enjoy your Cilantro Lime Rice with a sprinkling of pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. *The sourness of the lime can vary, if need be add more sugar to cut back on the sour taste.
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2 Comments:

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  2. This rice sounds so delicious and I am going to make it this week for us!

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