Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

By Polly Conner
December 21, 2021

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice comes together fast. It’s a fresh, bright, and filling side dish to serve with any Mexican inspired recipe. We’ve honed in on the perfect Instant Pot cooking time for white rice and can’t wait to share this Chipotle-inspired rice recipe with you.

Cilantro Lime Rice in a bowl with and Instant Pot in the background

Cilantro Lime Rice will become your new dinnertime best friend. When using an Instant Pot, the rice comes out perfectly cooked every time. The addition of fresh lime juice and freshly chopped cilantro is a perfect blend of flavors. This recipe makes roughly 3 cups, but it’s easy to scale up the amounts and freeze for later too.

Overhead shot of cilantro lime rice

How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice in the Instant Pot

Once I discovered how easy it is to make brown rice in the Instant Pot, I have used no other method. The cooking time is a bit different for white rice, which cooks a lot faster, but the methods are the same.

To cook white rice in the Instant Pot, use a 1: 1 1/4 ratio of rice to water. I also add in a little oil and salt. Cook it at high pressure for 8 minutes and then let it naturally release for 10 minutes.

Overhead shot of fully cooked rice in the Instant Pot

Now things get really complicated.

I kid. I joke.

Simply stir in your fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro (be sure to include the stems when chopping cilantro; they add lots of flavor).

fully cooked rice in and instant pot with chopped cilantro on top

That’s it!

When testing hundreds of recipes for our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, we honed in on the best cooking times for all types of recipes. To make it easy for you, we have created a printable download.

How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice on the Stove

To make it on the stove, simply cook the rice according to the package instructions. Then, stir in the cilantro and lime juice at the end. Taste and season with more salt, if needed.

Cilantro lime rice in a bowl

How to Freeze Cooked Rice

While we have an entire post dedicated to answering the question, “Can you freeze rice?” we also want to give you the short and sweet answer. Yes! You can freeze cooked rice. I do it all the time.

Freezing Instructions

Whether it be cooked white rice, brown rice, Mexican rice, Spanish rice, all can be frozen in the same way:

  • Cool the cooked rice. The key to maintaining a good texture with frozen rice is to make sure the rice is completely cool before freezing. We recommend spreading cooked rice on a large cookie sheet to help it cool quickly and evenly. 
  • Divide into portions. Once the rice is cool, scoop portions into quart or gallon-size freezer bags. Be sure to squeeze all of the air out when sealing. 
  • Label and freeze. Label your freezer bag with the type of rice, amount, and date. Stack your bags of rice on a flat surface in your freezer. And that’s it!
Cilantro Lime Rice in a freezer bag

Ways to Use Cilantro Lime Rice

There are so many great ways to use this recipe. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Cilantro lime rice in a brown bowl

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes (+ 10 minute NR)
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups cooked rice 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice comes together fast. It’s a fresh, bright, and filling side dish to serve with any Mexican inspired recipe. We’ve honed in on the perfect Instant Pot cooking time for white rice and can’t wait to share this Chipotle-inspired rice recipe with you.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice or jasmine (don’t worry about rinsing it first)
  • 1 1/4 cups water (use an additional 1/2 cup for an 8 quart Instant Pot)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon), or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, leaves and stems

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Add rice, water, oil, and salt to a 6 quart Instant Pot and stir. Note: If using an 8 quart, add an additional 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. Once cooking time is done, let the rice naturally release for 10 minutes. Then quick release the remaining pressure.
  3. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Taste and season with more salt, as needed. (Freezing instructions begin here.)

Freeze For Later: Cool the cooked rice completely. Scoop portions into quart or gallon-size freezer bags. Be sure to squeeze all of the air out when sealing. Label your freezer bag with the type of rice, amount, and date. Stack your bags of rice on a flat surface in your freezer. 

Prepare From Frozen: Warm in the microwave with a little extra liquid (water or broth), if needed. Or toss frozen rice into a soup, like our Vegetarian Tortilla Soup.


Notes

Toasting the Rice: Before cooking the rice, you could brown the rice a bit to add more depth of flavor. Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado or olive oil in the Instant pot on the Saute function. Add the raw rice and stir to coat with the olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice has started to brown. Then, follow the cooking instructions in the recipe.

Stovetop Instructions:To make it on the stove, simply cook the rice according to the package instructions. Then, stir in the cilantro and lime juice at the end. Taste and season with more salt, if needed.

How to Make This Recipe with Brown Rice: Follow our Instant Pot Brown Rice instructions here. Double the amount of cilantro and lime juice (since that recipe is double the size of this one) and then stir it in at the end. Taste and season with more salt.

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