The BEST Cilantro Lime Rice
There's a burrito restaurant that has the world's BEST cilantro lime rice. I mean, we go there for the rice more than we do for the burritos. It is that good. Since our whole family loves it, I created my own recipe for cilantro lime rice. It may be different from the recipe at our favorite burrito spot, but the flavor is right on. We like this rice recipe so much, I will often double the recipe so we can have some leftovers available in the fridge. 

Cilantro lime rice pairs great with tacos, tortilla soup, under chili, with enchiladas, and any southwestern, Tex-Mex, or Mexican dishes. We recently had our cilantro lime rice with chicken fajitas and it was a fantastic meal. 

I get asked sometimes about subbing for the cilantro in this recipe. You can absolutely use flat-leaf parsley if you are not on team cilantro. But I do have to tell you that it just won't be the same. Since cilantro is the first word in the title, it probably goes without saying that the cilantro is a bit of a driving force in the flavors of this rice dish. Other herbs and lime will give you some great rice. But I think you'd be missing out. Because I am definitely on team cilantro. I may be the captain. 

Many cilantro lime rice recipes, and really any recipe that includes citrus juice, often leave out a very important ingredient. They all include the juice. But for the most impactful citrus flavor, you truly need that zest! I have a zester that I love. The most important thing to remember is to just get the outer layer of the zest. If you go too deep, you will get the white pith, which is bitter and not what you are looking for!

Cilantro Lime Rice

2 c. rice
4 c. water
2 bay leaves 
3T extra virgin olive oil
3 limes, juice and zest
3 lemons, juice and zest
1 bundle cilantro
salt to taste

Bring salted water to a boil. Add rice, bay leaves, EVOO and stir. Bring back up to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook covered for 20 minutes. While rice cooks, zest lemons and limes, then add the juice from the fruits to the zest. Chop cilantro, removing the leaves from the stems. When rice is finished cooking, remove bay leaves and fluff with a fork. Then stir in citrus juice, zest, cilantro, and additional EVOO and salt to taste. 

I have a video of our chicken fajitas, cilantro lime rice, and citrus yogurt cake over on YouTube. Here's the link so that you can check it out. We'd love to hear how you love the rice. Come back and tell us when you make it!

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