Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is perfect in your favorite Chipotle burrito bowl or as a side with tacos or enchiladas.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

I took my very popular copycat recipe for Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice and made it faster and easier in the Instant Pot. Make a homemade burrito bowl or serve it with tacos, enchiladas, or fajitas.

I am a huge fan of the rice at Chipotle's. Here is my copycat version for their cilantro lime rice, it tastes just like the real thing! Of course, I used less oil. Makes a wonderful side dish for chicken, beef or pork.

This rice recipe is so easy to make. You just add the rice, water, oil, and salt to the pressure cooker and cook on high for three minutes. Do a natural release for ten minutes and then a quick release. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a bowl with the lime juice, cilantro, and remaining oil.

Cooking rice in the Instant Pot requires less water and cooks in less time. No pre-rinsing the rice, but of course, you can if you wish.

You can make a double batch using the same ratio of rice and water. The cook time will remain the same. You can also freeze any extra rice in individual servings in freezer bags so you can whip up burritos or burrito bowls anytime.

What to Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice

The lime and cilantro give this rice a bright, fresh flavor. It’s a family favorite on Mexican-inspired dinner nights. This rice pairs well as a side dish with your favorite Mexican meal like tacos, enchiladas, or fajitas. This rice also works well served with black beans either as a side dish or meatless entree.

One of the best ways to serve this rice is as a Chipotle-style burrito bowl. Burrito bowls are so easy to make because anything goes! You can throw in whatever ingredients you have. Below are some suggestions for what to put in your burrito bowl along with the cilantro lime rice.

Burrito bowls are great for meal prep too. Cook your rice, beans, and meat and then add different toppings throughout the week to switch up your bowl.

If you’re craving rice but watching your carbs, try my Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice. It has the same great taste but without the carbs.

This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is perfect in your favorite Chipotle burrito bowl or as a side with tacos or enchiladas.I am a huge fan of the rice at Chipotle's. Here is my copycat version for their cilantro lime rice, it tastes just like the real thing! Of course, I used less oil. Makes a wonderful side dish for chicken, beef or pork.Instant Pot Cilantro Lime RiceInstant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

194 Cals 3 Protein 35.5 Carbs 3.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Mexican
This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is perfect in your favorite Chipotle burrito bowl or as a side with tacos or enchiladas.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice or jasmine, un-rinsed
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Add the rice, water, 1 teaspoon of the oil and salt to the pressure cooker pot and stir.
  • Cover and cook on high pressure 3 minutes. When timer beeps, use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes do a quick pressure release and fluff rice with a fork.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, and remaining oil. Add the rice and toss until thoroughly mixed.

Notes

For brown rice cook 23 minutes, natural release.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 35.5g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3.5g, Sodium: 280mg, Sugar: 0.5g
Keywords: instant pot cilantro lime rice, instant pot rice, instant pot side dish

Photo credit: Jess Larson

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56 comments

  1. I made this recipe twice and it turned out terrific. Definitely will save this to return to in the future. Thanks!

  2. I made this tonight for dinner and it was a hit! I have very picky eaters. I doubled this and it was all gone! 
    Thanks! 

  3. It was great! I will definitely be making this again!! I will double the recipe next time! 

  4. Wayy to salty! Be mindful! 

    3 mins on high wasnt enough to fully cook the rice, I’d recommend following whatever your instapot recommends for the amount of time.

  5. This was the PERFECT cilantro lime rice and so easy! I am wondering if anyone knows, if you double the recipe do you double the cook time?! 

  6. My son LOVES this rice from Chipotle restaurant.  I have tried several different times to make a copycat of their and they always failed.  THIS ONE WORKS!  He loved it and in fact is requesting it for his grad graduation party which is a taco bar theme.  Any idea on cooking time to do this recipe X 10?!?

    • Times 10???? Honestly I am not sure, but my best suggestion would be a rice cooker. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Happy graduation!

    • Did you try it? Best I could find from another site was the maximum uncooked rice for a 6qt was 5 cups and an 8qt was 6.5 cups.

  7. This is the first rice recipe I’ve made in the instant pot that wasn’t a bomb. Usually I get gummy or pseudo-crunchy results. I used Jasmine and it turned out so good. This will definitely be going in the rotation. 

  8. Really good! I followed recipe as written. Next time, I’ll decrease the salt a bit, and maybe add a bit more cilantro.

  9. This was so easy and everyone loved it!

  10. This was really good and so easy to make! I don’t like cilantro but my whole family love it so I chopped it larger so I could eat around it. 

  11. I had to make a couple of adjustments to the recipe because I live in the mountains of Colorado.  So for high altitude ( about 7500 feet above sea level) – adjusted the time for cooking at high pressure to 5 minutes instead of 3 and allowed a natural release of 15 minutes.  Rice was perfectly cooked!  Yay!!!
    Thanks for this recipe