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Cilantro Lime Rice in a beige bowl

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is tangy & flavorful, but not overpowering. This is similar to Chipotle's cilantro lime rice. Great on tacos and in burritos.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Tex Mex
Keyword Chipotle copycat cilantro lime rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 3 - 4
Calories 189 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2 cups Long Grain White Rice, well rinsed
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt (or 3/4 tsp table salt)
  • 1 clove Garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp Butter (or 2 tsp olive oil)
  • 3 Tbsp Lime Juice (fresh)
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • 3/4 cup Cilantro Leaves, finely chopped


  1. Rinse the rice until water runs clear.

  2. Add rice to the pot, then add water, salt, garlic and dot the butter on top (or olive oil on top).

  3. Place the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to Sealing. Then press the Rice button, or use dial. The rice setting cooks on LOW pressure for 12 minutes (in case you don't have a Rice button, set this time/pressure). Then do a Quick Release of the pressure when done.

  4. If your pot doesn't have LOW pressure, set for 3 minutes at HIGH pressure, then let it do a 10 minute natural release. Then release the remaining pressure manually.

  5. When the pin in the lid drops down, open and fluff the rice with a fork. Then add the lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro. Mix well. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.

  6. Serve as a side dish, alone or with beans, on tacos, burritos, or in burrito bowls.