Cilantro Lime Rice recipe

Recently, I was telling y’all that I’ve been attempting to reduce our intake of processed foods. Though they are convenient, they aren’t always the healthiest.

Recreating favorites

When I’m trying to recreate some of our boxed favorites without the box, I pull up the ingredients list. Mostly, I’m looking to find which herbs and seasonings I need to recreate the flavors we love so much.

I find that there are many ingredients I’m unfamiliar with, though it appears many of them are simply vitamin supplements being added to our food. Personally, I’m looking for more natural ways to deliver necessary nutrients to my family.

Cilantro Lime rice was my husband’s favorite. We ate it pretty often. One day, I wanted to surprise him with a side of cilantro lime rice, and this recipe was born.

Cilantro Lime Rice recipe


  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • scant spoonful of better than bouillon vegetable base
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 3/4 tsp cilantro, divided
  • 1/2 tsp parsley, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked rice


In medium saucepan over medium to medium/high heat, bring water, vegetable base, salt, one(1) tablespoon of butter, one(1) tablespoon lime juice, half(1/2) a teaspoon cilantro, and one quarter(1/4) teaspoon of parsley to a boil.

Stir in rice. Return to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium/low. Simmer about twenty(20) minutes, or until rice is tender.

Meanwhile, in small dish or ramekin stir together remaining tablespoon of butter, tablespoon of lime juice, quarter(1/4) teaspoon of cilantro, and quarter(1/4) teaspoon of parsley. (no need to soften butter, even though it won’t mix in as a solid) Set aside.

When rice is finished cooking, remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients, folding to fully incorporate.

Serve alongside your favorite dishes.

Did you make Cilantro Lime rice?

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