If you love Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice you will jump for joy at this copycat recipe. This is the closest recipe in re-creating the famous cilantro lime rice.
Light, fluffy, and flavorful rice at home made for a fraction of the price. Pair with your favorite Mexican dishes, chicken recipes and more.
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.
Way To Use Cilantro Lime Rice
- Burrito bowl base
- Mexican Chicken dishes
- And the list goes on
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 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 judgement 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 stovetop.
Do You Use Cilantro Stems
When I go to use Cilantro in recipes I mainly use leaves, with just a little of the stems. I 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.
What Type is Rice Do You Use
Long grain rice. This recipe is meant for long grain rice, if you were to try and swap brown rice for example, you would find it won’t work. You would have to adjust ratio of rice and water along with cook time.
Not all rice cooks the same time in the pressure cooker. Now if you reached for Jasmine Rice, it converts just like long grain. But other rice varieties do not.
Do You Use Stock Or Water In Recipe
Either will work. Stock offers more flavor to the rice while water allows the rice to stand out. For the Chipotle true flavor I recommend using stock over water. But in a pinch water works too.
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.
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Zest from 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
- Pour water & rice into the instant pot.
- Select Low Pressure or Rice Button.
- Cook for 12 minutes on low pressure.
- Do a quick release.
- Fluff rice, add in lime juice, zest, & cilantro. Give rice good stir. 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).