This cilantro-lime rice is so quick and easy. You only need a few ingredients to make it and it cooks in the microwave in just a few minutes. It’s one of my favorite fast side dish recipes.
A few posts ago I mentioned I could live on Mexican food or, I should say, Mexican-inspired dishes because I’m pretty sure my burrito bowls aren’t “authentic”. Delicious? Yes. A cultural phenom dating back centuries? Um, no.
When you’re hungry and have everything you need for a rice bowl, waiting for 30 minutes (or longer) for the rice to cook is such a drag. When you’re really, really hungry you might end up just ordering pizza, something I’ve done many times.
I didn’t think to share it until now mostly because it’s so simple it’s barely a recipe. But, when I mentioned it to a friend she felt strongly that I should share this hack. So, here we are.
How to Make Cilantro-Lime Rice in the Microwave
It starts with frozen brown rice. There are different brands and I tend to buy Birds Eye because I see it everywhere and each bag has two servings.
Place it in a microwave-safe bowl along with chopped cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, and kosher salt. Give it a stir and cover it with plastic wrap.
Pop it in the microwave for about two and half to three minutes. When it’s done keep it covered for a minute or so and then uncover it and give it another stir.
That’s it. That’s the whole thing. It’s the easiest side dish ever – you can serve this cilantro-lime rice with all kinds of main dishes, but I use it mostly for my burrito bowl obsession. It’s just too easy.
More Recipes to Try
- Homemade Salsa Verde
- Mango Avocado Salsa with Grilled Chicken
- Salsa Verde Taco Soup for Two
- Easy Cheese Dip
5-Minute Cilantro-Lime Rice
This cilantro-lime rice is so quick and easy. You only need a few ingredients to make it and it cooks in the microwave in just a few minutes. It’s one of my favorite fast side dish recipes and is great for burrito and taco bowls.
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Microwave
- Cuisine: Mexican-American
- 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen brown rice (see note)
- Juice and zest of 1 lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
- Place the frozen rice, lime juice, zest, cilantro and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Cook the rice in the microwave for two and a half to three minutes. Keep the bowl covered and let it stand for a minute. Uncover, stir and serve.
The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave.
- Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
- Calories: 254
- Sugar: 0.4g
- Sodium: 301.5mg
- Fat: 1.5g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 55.4g
- Fiber: 2.1g
- Protein: 0.1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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