3 Ingredient Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

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3 Ingredient Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Move over Chipotle and make your rice at home!  You’ll love my cilantro lime brown rice recipe.

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Hi guys!

Back in the day I used to buy all those packaged rice boxes.  My Mom always did and I didn’t know any better.

As I learned to cook more and wanted to make more homemade food with natural ingredients I started to add my own flavors to rice.  I’m all about taking shortcuts in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s nice to create whole foods from scratch.  I started getting creative and stopped buying those boxes.  I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was and how much better it tasted!

One of my favorites is my Cilantro Lime Brown Rice recipe… it’s simple, healthy and oh so delicious.  And oh yeah… it tastes like that fabulous burrito chain I love so much.

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The best part about this Cilantro Lime Brown Rice recipe is how versatile it is.  You can use it as a side dish or base for a homemade burrito or burrito bowl.  It also goes great with my black beans recipe which I’m sharing Thursday.

The possibilities are endless!

healthy cilantro lime brown rice recipe / Running in a Skirt

I’m all about kitchen shortcuts but when a recipe is this easy, no shortcut is needed.

I double dog dare ya to give it a try and ditch that boxed rice for this every once in awhile!  I would not steer you wrong.

healthy cilantro lime brown rice recipe / Running in a Skirt

It may be simple, but sometimes simple really is best because it really lets the flavor shine!  I hope you enjoy my cilantro lime brown rice recipe. Make sure to come back Thursday for my favorite simple black beans.

I know have to go make a burrito because it’s all I can think about! lol!!

cilantro lime brown rice recipe / Running in a Skirt

3 Ingredient Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Julie Wunder
Better than takeout!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 cups


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water *
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Cook the rice according to package instructions. * Check the amount of water required to cook your type of brown rice and adjust if necessary.
  • Once the rice is cooked and fluffed stir in the cilantro, garlic, lime juice and zest and salt to taste.
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Serve this homemade Cilantro Lime Rice with my Easy Black Beans & Rice.

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing this month’s Currently!

Your turn!

What do you like in a burrito bowl?

What’s your favorite kind of rice?


I’m linking up my cilantro lime brown rice recipe with: Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Rachel, Delicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2020-06-02T17:06:24-04:00 April 11th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Vegetarian Meals|18 Comments


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  3. Kristy from Southern In Law April 17, 2017 at 12:28 am - Reply

    This is the perfect simple side dish! I’m not much of a cilantro fan, however, my Mum is and I know she’d love this recipe! Passing it onto her now! xo

  4. kimmythevegan April 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Mmmm I love cilantro rice! So good! It’s a great way to give rice a zing. I especially like to serve it with black beans.
    “Back in the day I used to buy all those packaged rice boxes.”
    Yup, me too. Live and learn though, right?

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Totally! I think I finally figured out that one I thought was vegetarian had dehydrated chicken in it… UGH!

  5. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition April 12, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    This looks so easy and tasty Julie! I actually *just* photographed my own cilantro brown rice that will be on the blog soon. It’s a little different but I just didn’t want you to think I stole your idea! Excited to try yours too!

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Haha! I totally understand! Only so many recipes to make! Looking forward to seeing yours too.

  6. We love cilantro and lime in our rice too!

  7. Emily April 11, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Yes they really take rice up a notch with their rice; I love that you recreated it!

  8. [email protected] April 11, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I love cilantro and what a great idea to add it to rice. Yumm! Will definitely try.

  9. Blane Sherer April 11, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

    simple is nice ( smile )

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