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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

4.80 from 20 votes
This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is perfect in your favorite Chipotle burrito bowl or as a side with tacos or enchiladas.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup


  • 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


  • 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.

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For brown rice cook 23 minutes, natural release.


Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 194 kcal, Carbohydrates: 35.5 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Sodium: 280 mg, Sugar: 0.5 g


Photo credit: Jess Larson

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63 comments on “Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice”

  1. I seriously dislike cilantro lime rice from places like Cafe Rio and Chipotle, so I’ve never bothered to make it at home. But on a whim I decided to make this recipe to go with the Salsa Verde Chicken and imagine my surprise when it turned out DELISH! I’ve made it twice in the last month and making it a third time today. I already have a foolproof go-to recipe for instant pot rice, so I just made rice and tossed it with the other ingredients after. Easy-peasy!

  2. I typically make a different recipe for cilantro lime rice, but it’s very involved. I was low on limes so I searched and found this recipe. Very delicious and super easy!

  3. this was AMAZING and tasted great with cilantro lime chicken. budget friendly and healthy meal – and had it with mango salsa on the side (from Walmart). SO GOOD. KEEPER!

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

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    Desiree Scott

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?! 

  8. 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?!?

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

  9. 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. 

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

  11. 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. 

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    Jacynthe Curtis

    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

  13. Very good. I use half as much salt because it was too salty for us but otherwise this will be a staple. Thanks!

  14. Best rice I’ve made in the instant pot. Whole family chowed down! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Dan Burkhardt

    Great job! I tested and verified that your technique comes out better than using the rice button on the Instant Pot.

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    Hillary Murakami

    This rice has become a regular addition in our house. It’s so easy and incredibly tasty! I like to start with a salad of green leaf lettuce, baby spinach, tomatoes and cucumber, top with a little of the rice and then finish with a little Barbacoa beef. Yummy!!

  17. First time making this, very tasty but my rice was mushy.  Any suggestions? I used Basmati rice and I did  rinse and soak it prior. Other than that I followed directions. 

      1. I’m so glad you said this. Mind was mushy as well and I was also thinking that the ratio should be 1:1. I’m doing that next time! Super tasty regardless

  18. Crazy good!  I’ve followed 100 rice recipes, including instapot ones, and I’ve NEVER gotten rice right!  This is the ticket!!!  Perfect!  The timing is exactly right!!!  Thanks so much!!! 

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      Allyson Sample

      I straight doubled it but left cook time the same and it came out beautifully. A little dry maybe? But the rice is cooked perfect. I also added an additional lime but that’s just preference!

  19. I am not a huge cilantro fan but I made this as a side dish for dinner. My girls LOVED it. It was an elegant side dish!

    1. Turned out great! I have used other recipes with the rice button but always end up with mushy rice. I was skeptical of 3 minutes + NPR, but it was perfect!

      1. Thanks Gina, that was my question too, since I’m on the purple plan. Well, OK, I’m on the purple plan when the world isn’t turned upside down. These days I’m not sure what plan I’m on; maybe the rainbow plan? Your comment says to increase the amount of water to 1 1/4 cups but that’s what the original recipe calls for. Did you mean 1 1/2 cups?

        I’ve yet to be really successful cooking rice in the instant pot after a lifetime of cooking it on the stovetop, It always turns out mushy or too hard. I need all the help I can get.

      2. Hi
        In your instructions you mention about pressure cooker but what are the instructions for crockpot? I don’t have a pressure cooker can you please let me know 

      3. Here is my stove top version, sorry don’t have one for the crock pot.

  20. Could coconut milk be subbed for water – or would the milk burn in the IP? Recognize it would change pts value.

  21. Recipe is easy to follow, always have the ingredients and looks delicious!  How would you adjust the cooking, if you don’t have a Instant Pot?  Thank you!

  22. I’m assuming this is with a full size Instant Pot. How would the instructions need to be modified for a mini pot (3 qt?)?

  23. I only have brown rice on hand- do you know how much water I should use and how long to cook it for?

  24. Looks delicious! Would love to make this tonight, but I only have brown rice at home. How would the amount of water and cook time change? Thank you!

  25. What size instant pot do you use? I am looking to purchase one. Family of 5 thinking I might need an 8 qt or is the 6qt enough?