Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is easy and quick instant pot rice for lunch or dinner. This 5 minutes cilantro lime rice is vegan and gluten-free.
And this cilantro lime rice is perfect to add to your burrito bowl or any meal. You can make this cilantro lime rice on the stovetop as well but that is a little more time taking in comparison to this instant pot method.
This instant pot cilantro lime rice is naturally vegan unless you are adding any butter to the rice. Make this totally oil-free or add a little olive oil to the rice. But again that is optional in this cilantro lime rice. Also, this is gluten-free too.
The name talks all about in this dish. Cilantro lime rice is steamed rice with the added flavor of lime and freshness of lots of fresh cilantro herbs. This is the base of many burritos or burrito bowls. Lime along with zest brings that fresh citric flavor to the rice. I love this cilantro lime rice with sauteed spinach and tomatoes.
You will love this Instant pot Cilantro Lime Rice, because this is,
- easy recipe
- pantry staples
- 3 ingredients only
- 5 minutes cooking time
- No need to babysit
- fresh and flavorful
- no preparation required
- can be a base for many bowl meals
- vegan and dairy-free
- can be made without oil
Ingredients you will need:-
Rice - Any long grain rice like basmati rice since long grains rice will hold the shape well.
Lime - Lime adds a freshness and citric flavor
Lime zest - Zest of 1 lime along with lime juice adds extra concentrated flavor. To take out the zest, grate the lime with fine holes of the box grater. Make sure to remove the colored part only.
Cilantro leaves - Take a lot of finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
Olive Oil - take extra virgin olive oil. you can add that before closing the lid of the instant pot or add after the rice is fluffed.
Salt - salt to taste
Substitutes - Substitute lime juice and lime zest with lemon juice and lemon zest also.
How to make Cilantro Lime Rice in Instant Pot?
Rinse the rice thoroughly. Dump the rice into the inner pot along with water, salt, oil, lime zest, and lime juice.
Close the lid of the instant pot and move the knob to "SEALING". Start the instant pot on manual pressure cooker mode. Set time to 4 minutes at HIGH pressure. Once it beeps, let it be at NPR for 10 minutes. Then QUICK RELEASE the rest. Open the lid. Fluff the rice using a spoon or laddle. Now add lots of fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped. Gently mix them all. Cilantro lime rice is ready to serve.
Note:- You can also use the "RICE" mode of the instant pot for the auto setting of time and pressure. This usually takes 12 minutes time.
Ratio of rice to water in instant pot cilantro lime rice
Add 1 cup water for 1 cup white rice when cooking on PRESSURE COOK mode. Though different varieties of rice may require a little more or less water. White basmati rice takes the same quantity of water, long grains may take 1/4 cup water more.
Also if you are trying this with brown rice, then timing and water quantity will vary too. 2 cups of brown rice will need 2 1/4 cups water. And the cooking time will be 10 minutes.
Note - The instant pot takes 8 - 10 minutes to come to pressure. Also, the time will be the same even if the recipe is doubled or tripled.
How to store & reheat?
This rice stays good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when closed properly in an air-tight container. In the freezer, it stays good for 3 months.
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
- 2 cups basmati rice or jasmine rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt or as per taste
- zest of 1 lime
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 1 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
- Rinse the rice thoroughly.
- Dump the rice into the inner pot along with water, salt, oil, lime zest, and lime juice.
- Close the lid of the instant pot and move the steam valve to "SEALING".
- Start the instant pot on manual PRESSURE COOK mode.
- Set time to 5 minutes at HIGH pressure.
- Once it beeps, let it be at NPR for 10 minutes.
- Then QUICK RELEASE the rest. Open the lid.
- Fluff the rice using a spoon or fork.
- Now add lots of fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped.
- Gently mix them all.
- Cilantro lime rice is ready to serve.