Garlic Coriander Lime Crisp

Learn how to make this popular side dish at home with our easy Cilantro Lime Rice recipe! This simple yet incredibly flavorful side dish takes less than 30 minutes to cook and just a few ingredients, which are a staple of many popular Mexican chain restaurants like Chipotle and Cafe Rio.

Serve this Cilantro Lime Rice in Burrito Bowls, or as a side to Shrimp Fajitas, Carne Asada or baked salsa chicken.

Coriander Lime Crisp Recipe

If you've ever eaten at Chipotle or Cafe Rio, you've probably tried their signature Cilantro Lime Rice. It's soft and fluffy, with a hint of sour lime flavor and tons of fresh coriander. You can customize this rice with more or less cilantro depending on your personal preference. We also add a pile of chopped garlic because, well, garlic makes amazing things even more amazing.

If you've ever wondered what to do with a lot of cilantro, the best answer is Cilantro Lime Rice!

This is how garlic coriander lime is prepared

This simple side dish uses only a few ingredients – rice, lime, garlic and chicken broth – and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Most of that time the hands are off while the rice is simmering and boiling.

  1. Bowl of rice. Heat a little oil in a saucepan and stir in some rice and the juice from 1 lime. Stir the rice constantly so that it does not burn and cook for a few minutes until the rice begins to turn a light white.
  2. Season. Add rice chopped garlic and lime to the rice, stir and cook for a minute or two to bring out the flavors.
  3. Simmer. Pour chicken broth and more lime juice into the pan and cook it up. Cover the pot with its lid and turn down the heat. Simmer rice for approx. 20 minutes.
  4. Post processing. When all the liquid has been absorbed, fluff the rice with a fork and stir in a bunch of coriander. After all, this is Cilantro Lime Rice!

a bowl of rice with coriander and lime, with a spoon lifts a bite.

Top tip

  • Resist the urge to lift the lid! The steam is important for the cooking process and must be stored in the pan.
  • Don't like garlic? Leave it out.
  • You can adjust the amount of cilantro used for your taste, or even use parsley if coriander is not your thing.
  • Roasting the rice is important to provide an additional layer of nutty flavor to the rice. Skip this step if you are pressed for time.

How to store leftovers

Store leftover Cilantro Lime Rice in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and heat again in the microwave. It may be necessary to add a small amount of water or broth to rehydrate the rice.

Can cilantro lime rice be made in a rice cooker?

Absolutely! Just add the ingredients to the pan and skip the shake section by following the cooking instructions for your rice cooker.

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a bowl of rice with coriander and lime

How to Serve Coriander Lime Crisis

Serve this rice as a base for healthy chicken Fajita bowls or as a side dish for Taquitos, grilled steak, Slow Cooker Mexican chicken or baked tacos. It is also perfectly paired with our favorite summer entree, garlic and lime grilled chicken cubes. Don't forget the prayer! Serve Cilantro Lime Rice with slow cooker Mexican beans, Mexican black beans, or refresh beans.

More good side dishes to try

Be sure to try our famous authentic Mexican rice, cheesy scalloped potatoes or our popular beer bread. For another delicious spin on plain white rice, try our Coconut Rice!

Garlic Coriander Lime Crisp

This cilantro lime crisis is an easy-to-take recipe made in your own kitchen and is simple and full of flavor. It's the perfect side to all your favorite dinners!

Course: Page Dishwashing

Food: Latin American, Mexican

Keywords: coriander lime crisis

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 145kcal


  • 1 tablespoon of olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 cup long grain white rice or basmati rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 limes cut and juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander


  • Heat oil in a 3-liter pan or deep frying pan. Stir in rice and juice from 1 lime. Cook under stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Rice should turn a light white.

  • Stir in garlic and lime peel and cook for another minute.

  • Stir in chicken broth and remaining lime juice and bring to a boil.

  • Cover and reduce heat to low. Let the rice simmer for 17-20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Do not open the lid as the steam is needed for the cooking process.

  • Fluff rice with a fork and stir in coriander. Serve with extra lime wedges for garnish.


Water can be used instead of chicken broth. Feel free to adjust the amount of coriander to your liking.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 28 g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated fat: 1 g | Sodium: 289 mg | Potassium: 121 mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 12 mg | Calcium: 23 mg | Iron: 1 mg

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