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A large speckled ceramic bowl of cilantro lime rice, topped with thinly sliced green onion, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges.

Cilantro Lime Rice {Gluten Free + Vegan}

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  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Cilantro lime rice is the perfect simple side dish for any Mexican inspired dinner! Made with just a handful of simple ingredients and absolutely loaded with zesty flavor. Easy to make and so delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian. 


  • 1 cup white jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water or broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 sliced green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, tightly packed


  1. Prepare the rice. Using a fine mesh strainer rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Add to a medium sized saucepan along with 1 1/2 cups water or broth, kosher salt, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to lowest possible temperature. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes before removing the lid.
  2. Prep the olive oil and lime mixture. While the rice cooks, prep the remaining ingredients. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, green onion, and jalapeño if using. Chop the cilantro and set aside, keeping it separate from the other ingredients.
  3. Mix it all together. Remove the lid from the rice and fluff with a fork. Transfer rice to a bowl and gently toss with the olive oil and lime mixture until well combined. Season to taste with salt. Just before serving add the cilantro and toss again.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


To make with brown rice make sure you adjust the cook time and amount of liquid so it cooks properly. 

Storing: To store leftover rice in the refrigerator, allow it to cool and then transfer to an air tight container. Will keep for to 4-5 days.

Reheating: This rice can easily be re-heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or gently warmed on the stove in a skillet with a splash of water of broth until heated through.

Freezing: To freeze cilantro rice allow it to cool completely before transferring to a large ziploc freezer bag or an air tight container. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or on the stove top.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican