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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.


  • 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.

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Mexican-American


  • 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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