Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice

Busiest. Day. Ever. Good thing I have this post all ready to go. I’m babysitting all day, the end of the year preschool party was here for lunch (DYI mini pizza party), my baby is still sick, and I get to take dinner to a lady from church. Oh, the sense of accomplishment I’ll feel tonight! Are you getting anything done?
This is my favorite part of all Cafe Rio dishes and a really easy one to make at home. The acidic citrus of the limes paired with the sweetened rice is perfect in burritos but is delicious enough to serve alone as a side.
Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice recipe

Cilantro Lime Rice
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1 cup uncooked rice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 teaspoon lime zest (I do at least 2 and sometimes a little more… I love zest)
1 cube chicken bullion
2 cups water
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 teaspoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

Add the rice, water, garlic, lime zest, and bullion to rice cooker and turn it on. Cook until it’s done. In a small bowl combine the lime juice, sugar and cilantro. When the rice is done, fluff it with a fork and then pour the lime juice mixture over hot cooked rice. Stir to combine and serve hot.

I don’t have the gift of cooking rice on the stove-top: it’s always always crunchy. If you have the magical stove-top touch then you can make this how you might normally make rice.

I always double this amount, but I also eat a lot more than most people.  🙂
I use brown rice for this recipe 99% of the time and love it. I just bump up the water by 1/2 cup and adjust my seasonings. I normally need a little more sugar with the brown rice.
Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice recipe

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8 Responses
  1. Mrs. J*F*G

    I don’t know what this Cafe Rio place is, but every recipe you have posted of theirs makes my mouth water! I love cilantro lime rice, but mine never turns out quite right. I have never tried making it with the added bullion and sugar though, I’ll have to give it a try!

  2. Amen to not having the ” stovetop rice cooking” gift! I’m the. Worst. Rice cooker ever ( always crunchy, adding water, still crunchy,add more water, etc….) and I never remember to buy a rice cooker. 🙁 so we never eat rice….. I’m glad to know an amazing cook like you has my same issue 🙂

  3. Debra Green

    This rice is wonderful!! I didn’t add the bouillon cube,we are watching sodium, and I squeezed the juice of the entire lime. Very flavorful.

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