This recipe for Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice came from my kids' love of Chipotle burritos. I knew I could make them at home, but the kids didn’t believe me. And…ahem…they were right.
Until I got the rice right, they kept saying “these are good...but can we go to Chipotle now?” Now they ask “can you make burritos for dinner?”
(I have to go on a rant here. It kills me that my kids still think of “Chipotle Burritos” when they’re really Mission Street Burritos. I even took them to a burrito joint in San Francisco, on our one trip to the West Coast, to show them where burritos as big as your head came from. They still think of them as Chipotle burritos. Not that there’s anything wrong with Chipotle; it’s the principle of the thing. San Francisco! Mission street! Authentic burritos! It goes right over their heads. I’ll remind them of the San Francisco visit, and they’ll say “Oh yeah, I loved those!”, and then go right back to asking for Chipotle.)
The Instant Pot (or any other pressure cooker) makes quick work of cilantro lime rice. I know it’s not hard to make rice on the stovetop, but the set it and forget it Instant Pot version makes this a side dish I can slap together while I assemble the rest of the meal. It’s not just for burritos - cilantro lime rice goes well as a side with any Mexican or Tex-Mex dish. (It’s also good with Thai curry - cilantro and lime are common flavors in Thai cooking.)Print
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice. Looking to fill your burrito? Or for a Tex-Mex side dish? Try this quick cilantro-lime rice from the Instant Pot or other pressure cooker.
- 2 cups jasmine white rice (or long grain white rice)
- 2 ½ cups water
- ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt or ½ teaspoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice from 1 lime)
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- Add the rice to the pot: Pour the rice, water, and salt into the pressure cooker pot and stir.
- Pressure cook for 4 minutes with a 10-minute natural pressure release: Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Let pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure in the pot.
- Stir in the lime and cilantro:Fluff the rice with a fork, then stir in the lime juice and chopped cilantro. Serve.
- I like the extra lime flavor that comes from adding an entire lime to the recipe. It tastes right mixed into a burrito. But if you want a more subtle lime taste, cut back to half of a lime’s worth of juice, about 1 tablespoon.
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keywords: Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Mexican Rice, Cilantro Lime Rice
What do you think?
Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.
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J. Wagner says
Do you rinse your rice before putting it in? If so, how long?
Everyone talks about how easy rice is in an Instant Pot but I've had mixed results.
Mike Vrobel says
No, I don’t rinse rice.