5-Minute Cilantro-Lime Rice

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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.


  • 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


  1. Place the frozen rice, lime juice, zest, cilantro and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap.
  2. 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.


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