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Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

The perfect Chipotle Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe ever. Each grain is separate, fluffy, soft and chewy without being sticky. Refreshing and zesty flavors, that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Perfect to pair with Mexican or even Asian food. Vegan. Gluten-Free.

We take our rice seriously. I bet you can tell that from all the different rice preparations we have shared on the blog, here. The electric pressure cookers do such an amazing job of giving consistent rice every single time that often it's out of convenience we cook food that pairs well with rice. If you still don't own an electric pressure cooker then stop to read if the Instant Pot (or for that matter any electric pressure cooker) is really worth it, here.

Well if you are a newbie to cooking rice in your pressure cookers and still not sure where to start or maybe you are simply just trying to master the art of cooking the perfect rice in your electric pressure cookers, then you need read everything you need to know about cooking perfect rice in an electric pressure cooker consistently, here.

We can safely say after cooking rice thousands of times in our pressure cookers that we have mastered the art of cooking the perfectly soft and fluffy rice with just the right amount of chewiness and no stickiness. Thus the different rice preparations.

Cilantro Lime Rice

If you've ever had Chipotle, then you will know rice in your burrito or bowl is Cilantro Lime Rice.

Refreshing, zesty, packed with flavors and sure to tantalize your taste buds. It makes the perfect base for any Mexican recipe paired with rice or even Asian. It's nothing fancy, just simple and versatile rice with bold lime and cilantro flavors and a perfect filling, for your burritos, tacos or even serve it with grilled veggies and some salsa. 

It can be made ahead of time and is perfect for large gatherings.

Make a large batch as it stores well and is freezer friendly.

Ingredients for Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

Nothing fancy, just easily available ingredients at home

Long Grain White Rice - My favorite long-grain white rice is basmati rice because of its aroma and texture. However, you can also use Jasmine rice for this recipe and it will yield you good results.

Bay leaf - Adding bay leaves to rice definitely enhances the flavors and adds aroma to the rice.

Olive Oil - I always toast the rice in fat, which prevents it from getting gooey and lumpy.

Lime Juice - use fresh lime as far as possible.

Lime Zest - zest is always better than juice, you will instantly fall in love with the flavors.

Cilantro - combine the flavors of fresh cilantro and lime and it's a burst of flavors in the mouth.

Water or broth - this is the liquid you need to cook the rice. You can surely enhance the flavors and nutrition by adding broth but I like to add water to mine.

How to make Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice 

Making Chipotle's Cilantro Lime rice in an Instant Pot is super easy. It's literally a dump and stir recipe and it takes just 6 minutes to cook the rice. Below is just a gist of the recipe and you can find the detailed recipe card towards the end of the post.

  • Rinse the Rice - Once you gather all the ingredients you start by rinsing the rice thoroughly. This helps remove excess starch from the grains preventing the rice from becoming sticky or lumpy.
  • Toast the Rice -  Add in the oil and bay leave and toast the rice. It's always a good idea to toast the rice in fat (oil or butter). Just like how you add oil to cook pasta to prevent it from sticking to each other, same reason you toast the grains of rice so each cooked grain is separate.
  • Add the lime - Add freshly squeezed lime juice and zest. 

  • Pour in the liquid - Add in the salt and water or broth. 
  • Pressure Cook - Close the lid, seal and vent and pressure the rice for 6 minutes, using the manual or pressure cook setting.
  • Garnish - Once the rice is cooked, allow the pressure to naturally release, open the lid, fluff the rice with fork and garnish with lot of cilantro. It's ready to be served. 

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime White Rice 

  • 1: 1 white rice to water ratio
  • 6 minutes high pressure
  • 10 minutes natural pressure release

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Brown Rice 

  • 1: 1 rice to water ratio
  • 15 minutes high pressure
  • 15 minutes natural pressure release

Can I use brown rice for this Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Yes you can. Make sure to follow the brown rice to water ratio instead of white rice to water ratio given above or in the recipe card below.

Serving Ideas for Cilantro Lime Rice

Use it as a base for for burrito bowls, tacos, fajitas or wraps. Serve it with grilled veggies and salsa. Fell free to pair it with Asian curries you will be amazed how well they go with this rice

How to store Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

Refrigeration - Bring the rice to room temperature and immediately transfer the rice into air tight containers and refrigerate it for upto three days. 

Freezing - Use freezer safe containers to freeze this rice for upto four months.

Reheating - When reheating this rice add a teaspoon of water and microwave until hot for moist fluffy rice.

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cilantro lime rice recipe

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

The perfect Chipotle Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe ever. Each grain is separate, fluffy, soft and chewy without being sticky. Refreshing and zesty flavors, that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Perfect to pair with Mexican or even Asian food. Vegan. Gluten-Free.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice or brown rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp  fresh lime juice
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime White Rice 

1: 1 white rice to water ratio

6 minutes high pressure

10 minutes natural pressure release

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Brown Rice 

1: 1 rice to water ratio

15 minutes high pressure

15 minutes natural pressure release

Rinse the Rice - Once you gather all the ingredients you start by rinsing the rice thoroughly. This helps remove excess starch from the grains preventing the rice from becoming sticky or lumpy.

Toast the Rice -  Add in the oil and bay leave and toast the rice. It's always a good idea to toast the rice in fat (oil or butter). Just like how you add oil to cook pasta to prevent it from sticking to each other, same reason you toast the grains of rice so each cooked grain is separate.

Add the lime - Add freshly squeezed lime juice and zest. 

Pour in the liquid - Add in the salt and water or broth. 

Pressure Cook - Close the lid, seal and vent and pressure the rice for 6 minutes,for white rice and 15 minutes for brown rice using the manual or pressure cook setting.

Garnish - Once the rice is cooked, allow the pressure to naturally release, open the lid, fluff the rice with fork and garnish with lot of cilantro. It's ready to be served. 

Notes

All notes are mentioned in the post

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