Healthy Cilantro & Lime Brown Rice

A quick and healthy side dish that can be made in less than 15 minutes!

Healthy Cilantro and Lime Brown Rice

When I am in need of a quick and easy side dish for a weeknight meal this cilantro and lime brown rice is always my go to. It’s healthy, fresh, and fast.  I added brown rice, fresh squeezed lime juice, and fresh cilantro to make this a light dish to complement any meal. This recipe is not loaded with tons of butter or oil. Only a few ingredients are needed to make this rice amazing.

Cilantro and Lime Brown Rice

Brown rice is now a staple in my kitchen. It is easier for your stomach to digest and unlike white rice has a quicker cooking time.

If you are not a fan of brown rice you can always substitute white or jasmine rice.

copycat lime rice

Alot of times the simplest recipes are the best. This rice is loaded with tons of cilantro and lime. It is so simple, yet very flavorful.

I cooked the rice in water but I would recommend boiling it in chicken or vegetable stock to add even more flavor.

cilantro and lime rice

This rice is similar to the one you find at chipotle nestled in your burrito or as I like it on top of my burrito bowl. I usually serve this rice with grilled chicken, fish, or sometimes on top of a salad with grilled chicken.

This healthy cilantro and lime brown rice is so easy to make. While the rice is boiling throw together the lime, cilantro, and olive oil. Toss the cooked rice in the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Done!


Check out these two fun variations of Cilantro Lime Rice:

Avocado Cilantro Lime Rice By Cooking Classy

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice By Closet Cooking

Healthy Cilantro & Lime Brown Rice

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
A quick and healthy side dish that can be made in less than 15 minutes!


  • 1 Package of instant brown rice boil in bag (I package equals 2 cups)
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste


  1. Cook brown rice per packaging instructions. If you do not have boil in a bag rice you can always use regular stove top brown rice. While the rice is cooking, add garlic, lime juice, and oil to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add cilantro and cooked rice to the vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Healthy Cilantro & Lime Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 148mg6%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cilantro lime brown rice