Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cilantro Lime Rice

If the name conjured up images of a certain fast-casual restaurant (cough, Chipotle), this rice won't disappoint. My sister-in-law, Julie, shared this taste-a-like a couple weekends ago, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. The secret to imparting all that lime flavor into the rice is...

(wait for it)

Sauteing the rice in the lime juice before adding the water. Ingenious!

Cilantro Lime Rice
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 medium limes, juiced
  • 1 & 1/3 c. water
  • 1½ c. basmati rice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped (we increased this to closer to ¼ c., so plan to do this to taste)
In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add lime juice and rice and stir for one minute. Add water and salt, and bring to a full rolling boil. Cover, reduce heat to low to simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Stir in cilantro just before serving.

*The cilantro can wilt/discolor in leftover rice, so if you are planning on having some leftover, I would suggest adding the cilantro to just the portion that you plan to use immediately.

Source: My sister-in-law, Julie

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