A delicious side dish or filling for a burrito bowl, this Cilantro Lime Brown Rice recipe is a tasty addition to your meal. Gluten-Free, and full of that fresh cilantro flavor.
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The flavor of this rice dish pairs so well with these yummy pork kabobs! Perfect for summer grilling.
We also love smothering it with Chicken Vindaloo – a delicious red curry dish that goes perfectly with the cool cilantro rice.
Since moving to Vancouver, as I admitted in my last post, I have been somewhat M.I.A in the kitchen and more present at the counter of my local Chipotle restaurant.
Shame, shame, shame, I know. 😉
But, in the spirit of silver linings, I never would have discovered Cilantro Lime Brown Rice if not for my time at the quick service food chain.
I like that my local Chipotle offers options like responsibly raised meat, organic tofu and finally, and most importantly to this post in particular, they offer both white rice and brown rice.
Why would anyone pick the bleached out, crappy version of rice when the far superior choice is available. It’s equally delicious folks!
So, here I am, forking out my $12 for a Chicken Burrito Bowl with guacamole for the umpteenth time, when it dawned on me.
I can make this.
I’m a freaking food blogger for cripes sake!
Really, Chipotle is what nudged me back into cooking/baking/blogging mode after a few months hiatus. Thanks buddy. 😉
So how do I make my copycat Chipotle cilantro lime rice?
What you need to make Cilantro Brown Rice:
- brown rice
- olive oil
- sea salt
HOW TO COOK BROWN RICE
You can use my brown rice cooking technique for this recipe, if you haven’t tried it. It’s my go-to for perfectly cooked, non-mushy brown rice.
Do you have an Instant Pot? Use this recipe to guide you to consistent and fool proof brown rice.
Either way, stove top or Instant Pot, you must try this.
This recipe is perfect as a side dish or a cilantro rice bowl with some black beans. Leftovers warm up nicely.
If you have a rice cooker you must try this delicious rice cooker Mexican rice recipe. So good!
MORE HEALTHY BROWN RICE RECIPES:
*Originally posted April 22, 2016. Updated February 16, 2020*
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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice – Gluten Free + Vegan Recipe
- Cook the brown rice, using the method linked in post. Leave the cooked rice in the strainer after the water is poured out and set aside
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil and sea salt. Stir in the minced garlic and cilantro. Add the cooked and warm rice to the cilantro lime mixture and stir well to coat all of the rice
- Serve warm.