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Instant Pot Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

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Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice without ever leaving your kitchen! Our Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe brings the beloved restaurant dish to your table with ease. With just a few simple ingredients and the convenience of your Instant Pot, you can whip up a batch of perfectly cooked rice infused with the refreshing zest of cilantro and lime. Say goodbye to takeout and hello to homemade deliciousness with our easy-to-follow recipe for cilantro lime rice instant pot. Let’s get cooking and savor the flavors you love right at home!

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In this recipe, we’ll show you how to achieve the same mouthwatering results as Chipotle’s famous rice, using your Instant Pot. With step-by-step instructions and helpful tips, you’ll master the art of making fluffy, flavorful rice infused with cilantro and lime. Whether you’re serving it as a side dish or using it as a base for your favorite burrito bowl, this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. So grab your Instant Pot and let’s start cooking up some deliciousness!

Instant Pot Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

So why look for a Chipotle copycat recipe for rice? I don’t know about you but I can’t always go to Chipotle or I need a lot to feed my family. This way I have enough and more for a crowd. 

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice


Way To Use Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Can You Freeze Cilantro Lime Rice

Absolutely! I have instructions below that will walk you through exactly how to Freeze and thaw and Reheat your rice! 

This is one incredible rice freezer meal that you can use for a side dish. My family loves this rice, so I prep one day making it into freezer bags, so I have meals for the rest of the month. 

How Long Will Cilantro Lime Rice Store In Fridge

You can store this rice for up to three days in the fridge. After that, I always recommend using your best judgment call. 

Best Way To Reheat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice 

I place what I plan to eat in a bowl and cover it lightly. Toss in the microwave and heat until warmed. Or you can add a little broth and heat on the stovetop. 

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

How Do You Make Instant Pot Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Pour water, rice & salt into the instant pot.

  • Select Low Pressure or the Rice Button.
  • Cook for 12 minutes on low pressure.
  • Do a quick release.
  • Fluff rice, add in lime juice, zest, butter & cilantro. Give rice good stir.

  • Serve or freeze once cooled.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Do You Use Cilantro Stems

When I go to use Cilantro in recipes I mainly use leaves, with just a little of the stems. Personally, I enjoy the bold flavor of the stems. 

Does Rice Cook Well In Instant Pot

Yes! I have tossed my rice cooker in the trash and now solely make rice in my Instant Pot. I get light and fluffy rice each and every time. Stovetop rice always was a hit and miss for me. 

instant pot cilantro lime rice

Tips For Making Instant Pot Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Rinse the rice: Before cooking, be sure to rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.

  2. Use the right ratio of liquid to rice: For perfect results, use a 1:1 ratio of water to rice. This ensures that the rice cooks evenly and absorbs all the flavors from the cilantro and lime.

  3. Add extra flavor: Enhance the flavor of your rice by adding a clove of minced garlic or a chopped jalapeño pepper to the Instant Pot before cooking. This will infuse the rice with even more deliciousness.

  4. Don’t skimp on the cilantro and lime: Be generous with the fresh cilantro and lime juice – this is what gives the rice its signature flavor. For an extra burst of citrus, you can also add some lime zest to the pot.

  5. Let it natural release: Once the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to natural release for at least 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure. This helps ensure that the rice is perfectly cooked and prevents it from becoming mushy.

  6. Fluff with a fork: After releasing the pressure, use a fork to gently fluff the rice. This helps separate the grains and creates a light, fluffy texture.

  7. Serve immediately: Instant Pot Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice is best served fresh and hot. Enjoy it as a side dish alongside your favorite Mexican-inspired meals or use it as a base for burrito bowls, tacos, or wraps.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Do You Use Stock Or Water In Recipe

Either will work. The stock offers more flavor to the rice while water allows the rice to stand out. My recipe includes water but feel free to use stock instead. 

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Meal Prep Ahead

Meal prep ahead with this freezer-friendly rice recipe! Whether you do one big freezer bag full or create single-serve containers to grab and go. 

Cooking at home doesn’t have to be hard. The Instant pot allows more free time while your food cooks away! Give this easy Chipotle rice recipe a try today.

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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
If you love Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice you will jump for joy at this Instant Pot Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice copycat recipe. This rice will be a hit at dinner time. A delicious and zesty rice that’s perfect as a side for any Mexican dish! 


  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 TBSP Butter


    1. Pour water, rice & salt into the instant pot.
    2. Select Low Pressure or the Rice Button.
    3. Cook for 12 minutes on low pressure.
    4. Do a quick release.
    5. Fluff rice, add in lime juice, zest, butter & cilantro. Give rice good stir.
    6. Serve or freeze once cooled.


*2 cups of rice was enough for 3 freezer bags of rice for a dinner side sized portion for 2.

**You can double this recipe, time remains the same

***FREEZER DIRECTIONS (freeze up to 3 months)

To FREEZE: Place cooled rice into freezer bag. Freeze

To REHEAT: Remove bag from freezer and sit on the counter while preparing dinner. (If in a rush, you can run the bag over warm water to loosen the frozen rice from the Ziploc) Remove rice from bag and place in a microwavable bowl. Add TBSP of water, cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 4 minutes (This may give or take to reheat fully).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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  1. Hi…was reading your recipe and directions. You might want to go back and edit the directions. Are you assuming EVERYONE will know to put the water in with the rice? A person brand new to IP’s will follow your directions to the T and then wonder what went wrong. Other then that, I haven’t had Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice in ages so this will be on my to do list. 🙂

  2. I was trying to read the reviews to see if anyone had tried this with brown rice. I am unable to bring up the reviews.

    Have you ever tried this with brown rice?

    1. @Lisa, I just made this using Trader Joe’s Brown Jasmine Rice and it came out perfectly. 1 to 1 ratio of rice to water, 19 minutes on high pressure in the IP. I did 5 minutes natural release, then quick release.

  3. What kind of stock do you use instead of water? Above it’s says you recommend using stock over water. Thanks! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  4. Also do you quick release when it beeps and let it go until the little button goes down? Then top and add rest of ingredients??

    1. yes, once you do your quick release, you will give the rice a fluff. Add the cilantro, zest and lime juice in, give it a good mix.

  5. In your information you state that for the true Chipotle flavor that you prefer stock over plain water. In the ingredient it lists just water. What type of stock do you suggest… chicken, beef, vegtable?

    1. I am so sorry, it was written a bit confusing. If you would like to use stock, I would use either chicken stock or vegetable. Water really does work fine for this recipe, but stock will give it that extra special touch.

    1. I am so sorry, sometimes I confuse myself. LOL The salt gets added in with the rice and water. I have corrected it now. 🙂

  6. Every time I have tried to cook rice or oatmeal in my IP. I get the food burn message. Any advice? I really want to try this.

  7. Is there a typo in your recipe ingredients?

    “For the Chipotle true flavor I recommend using stock over water.”

    “2 cups water”

  8. 2 cups long grain white rice and 2 cups water seems like the wrong proportions. For 2 cups of rice, shouldn’t it be 4 cups of water?

  9. We tried this recipe this evening and it was really good. The rice was kinda firm so next time I will cook the rice longer.
    Thank you for sharing this

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