Cilantro Lime Brown Rice Recipe

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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Cilantro Brown Rice on a white plate with wedges of fresh lime

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.

Cilantro Brown Rice on a white plate with wedges of fresh lime

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. šŸ˜‰

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!


Cilantro Brown Rice on a white plate with wedges of fresh lime

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. šŸ˜‰

So how do I make my copycat Chipotle cilantro lime rice?

Cilantro Brown Rice on a white plate with wedges of fresh lime

What you need to make Cilantro Brown Rice:

  • brown rice
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
healthy rice on a plate garnished with fresh sliced limes


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!


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*Originally posted April 22, 2016. Updated February 16, 2020*

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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice – Gluten Free + Vegan Recipe

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 384 kcal



  • 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.


Serving: 4Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 482mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 135IUVitamin C: 5.9mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1.8mg
Keyword cilantro lime brown rice
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  1. I only make rice in my fancy high dollar rice cooker. (Only because i’ve never been able to make rice otherwise)
    I wonder if i just throw all of these ingredients together and let it all cook together. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work.

  2. Ohhh, you just gave me the idea to use garlic! I make cilantro lime rice often and never measure so something is either too Limey or too cilantroey, thanks for outlining measurements I can use! One thing I always do is add a bay leaf to the rice, even if done after the rice is cooked and is staying warm in a covered pot. It really adds a surprising depth of flavor. Thanks again, I can’t wait to try with garlic.

    1. Thanks Cara! It’s ironic you say that because one of my reasons for starting this website was so I had a reference for myself when I cook. Like usually I would just throw a pinch of this and a pinch of that but not write it down or remember after the fact. I hope you love it! Great idea about the bay leaf too. It’s a seasoning I under-utilize.

  3. Looks great. Lime will definitely give it some awesome flavor, thanks a lot

  4. such a great idea to add cilantro and lime to rice. totally increases the flavour. love it!

  5. You know, I’ve never been to Chipotle? Is that insane or what? My husband and his buddies used to go there multiple times a week, and the cilantro lime rice was a staple for him. I bet your version is delicious, and I see it paired with some black beans in the near future. Easy, healthy dinner for me and the girls! šŸ™‚

    1. Chipotles is new to me since moving. There wasn’t one in Burlington where I lived before and I have been making up for lost time!! I’m feeling much better about it now that I can recreate the experience myself. Plus, their salsa isn’t my favourite. I hope the girls gobble it up! šŸ™‚