You can leave the butter (and the fat!) behind in this flavor-packed Cilantro-Lime Rice. Light and clean, this rice gets a flavor explosion from the tangy lime and the bright, floral cilantro. It is the perfect accompaniment to fish, chicken, and anything Mexican. The flavors blend especially well with Grilled Cajun Swordfish.
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cups white rice (I recommend Basmati)
- 3 cups boiling water
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves with tender stems (about ½ of a big bunch)
- Juice of 2 limes
- Sauté onions, in olive oil, in a large saucepan (that has a tight fitting lid) on Med/Low until onions soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in rice, coating it in olive oil. Mix in 1 tsp salt. Cook 1-2 minutes, until the rice is fragrant (but not burned!).
- Add boiling water and gently stir, so that all rice is submerged in the water. Bring to a boil. (You might have to raise the heat to Med or Med/Hi).
- Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting your stove can go to, with it still being on. Cover tightly with aluminum foil (so that steam doesn't escape) and place the tight-fitting lid on the pot, over the aluminum foil. Cook for 15 minutes. (DON'T PEAK!)
- Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered. (Again, DON'T PEAK!) Remove aluminum foil and lid. Fluff rice with a fork.
- Squeeze in the juice of 2 limes. Gently stir in cilantro. Enjoy!
I grew up eating rice. Lots of it. And as an adult, I just could never get the cooking of it right. The texture was never what it was supposed to be. My rice was always either too hard or too mushy. Then I found this method for cooking rice on the stove, and it has changed my life.
Start with simple ingredients and follow the fool-proof technique for making white rice laid out in the recipe above.
Or, if you are short on time, use this short-cut method. Heat a bag of cooked, frozen rice in a large bowl, according to the instructions that come with it. Sprinkle with about 1/2 tsp salt. Mix in the lime and cilantro.
Great taste, great texture, great rice!