Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

Simple and healthy cilantro lime brown rice.

Rice | March 22, 2017 | By

My family absolutely loves copy-cat Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice. I serve it in tacos, burritos, or as a side dish with enchiladas or empanadas. In fact, lately we’ve been eating it so often lately that I figured I should find a way to make it at least a little more healthy. Using brown rice only takes about 20 extra minutes and I was worried my picky eaters would scoff at the change but they ate it up!

If you are looking for a vegetarian version of this recipe just substitute the chicken stock for veggie stock or water. You can use bottled lime juice instead of fresh if you’d like, but I really think the fresh lime juice makes a big difference in this recipe!

Simple and healthy cilantro lime brown rice.

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 3 cups rice


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice from 1/2 lime (or about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp white sugar (optional)
  • ΒΌ cup chopped cilantro


  1. Combine rice, chicken broth, olive oil, and salt in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to low and cook until rice is tender, about 45 minutes.
  2. When rice is done cooking, stir in lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Fluff rice and serve.
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