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overhead of cilantro rice

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Bright and flavorful cilantro rice with jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, and green onions. It is the perfect side to pair with your favorite summer main dishes.


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups white jasmine or basmati rice 
  • 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp. lime zest, from about 1 lime


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add jalapeno and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, stirring constantly.
  2. Add rice and stir to coat with olive oil. Cook, stirring frequently until the rice is toasted, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth and salt. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until all of the broth is absorbed.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rice steam for 5 minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork.
  5. Stir in cilantro, green onions, and lime zest. Taste for salt before serving.


  • Leftovers: Store leftover rice in an airtight container for 3-4 days. 

Keywords: cilantro rice, summer side dish, cilantro lime rice