Easy and delicious! Great with salmon, chicken, or turkey tacos.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the water to a boil; stir the butter and rice into the water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

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  • Stir the lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro into the cooked rice just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

84.5 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 12.7g 4% DV; fat 3.1g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.6mg 3% DV; sodium 28.5mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2010
I cut waaaay back on the cilantro and that proved to be a good call for Hubs and me. Just before I served this I gave it a taste and thought to myself, "Uh-oh. We aren't EVEN going to like this. TOO limey!" But I went ahead and served it anyway, hoping for the best - and hoping I had enough other food in case we couldn't eat this. But to my surprise, not only did *I* like it, but Hubs did too! It's obvious this rice is much better served *with* something, in this case carnitas. They were perfect together! The amount of lime juice and zest ended up being just right, but I know the full amount of cilantro would have dominated to a fault - glad I cut it back to a fraction of what the recipe called for. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
Good recipie, not too flavorful. Everyone liked the rice inside the fajitas, but didn't have enough flavor to be a stand alone side dish. Read More
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810 Ratings
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  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2010
I cut waaaay back on the cilantro and that proved to be a good call for Hubs and me. Just before I served this I gave it a taste and thought to myself, "Uh-oh. We aren't EVEN going to like this. TOO limey!" But I went ahead and served it anyway, hoping for the best - and hoping I had enough other food in case we couldn't eat this. But to my surprise, not only did *I* like it, but Hubs did too! It's obvious this rice is much better served *with* something, in this case carnitas. They were perfect together! The amount of lime juice and zest ended up being just right, but I know the full amount of cilantro would have dominated to a fault - glad I cut it back to a fraction of what the recipe called for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2009
I used Jasmine rice with the proportions of 2 cups of rice to 3 cups of water. I increase the lime to juice of 2 fresh limes. Fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2011
I tweaked this recipe to get a little closer to Qudoba's. I boil the rice in 1c of water, 1c of chicken stock and 1tsp of salt. Boil for about 17mins, then remove from heat, remove lid also...put a dish towel on top and return lid...allow it to sit for about 10mins...this makes sure the rice is fluffy because the towel absorbs the excess steam...after it sits, then stir in your cilantro and fresh lime juice to taste...for my family its usually 1 to 1.5 limes....this has saved me from buying cilantro rice from Qudoba every other day for my 2yr old! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2009
A very light and delicious side dish for mexican foods. I loved the lime flavor. I used Uncle Ben's ready rice that only takes 90 seconds in the microwave, so there was no need for water and then just mixed everything in -plus an additional bit of salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2013
My husband won't stop raving about this rice! I did make a few changes. I started with melting the butter, then sautéed 1/2 of an onion and 2 cloves garlic for about 5 minutes, added in the rice and cooked for 3-5 minutes, then added in chicken broth (instead of the water called for), and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Then cooked it according to the rice's package directions. And last I added in lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro just before serving. I did increase the lime juice to 3 tbsp, because we like limes in our household. Overall an amazing and delicious rice recipe that makes a wonderful side and is so flavorful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2009
We all loved this rice. I cooked it in a rice cooker and then mixed everything in a bowl. The rice came out fluffy and tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2010
I make this same rice, but instead of long grain rice, I use instant rice - as directed on package. When water and lime juice (1 tablespoon per cup of water) are heating, I add about 1/2 cup diced onion, a tablespoon of butter and a bit of salt. Once it boils, you add the instant rice, cover and remove from heat. It's simple and fast, some may not like instant rice, but to me, it tastes the same. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2009
Very good flavor, very, very easy indeed! Just like the rice at Chipotle's! We used it the first night as an accompaniment to some Lemon-Cilantro Chicken, and fluffed and heated it up the next night for fajitas! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2012
Eep! I've been making this for months and forgot to review it until now. Anyway, this rice is so good. Very light and yet still lots of flavor. Excellent flavor profile for all kinds of dishes, from Mexican to Island to Asian. It's just really bright and as simple as plain rice. Try it! My little twist is to give the rice a VERY quick sauté in 1/2 Tbsp. evoo before cooking. It makes it extra light and fluffy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
Good recipie, not too flavorful. Everyone liked the rice inside the fajitas, but didn't have enough flavor to be a stand alone side dish. Read More
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