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Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Rice

I love adding different flavors to rice to liven it up. I’ve tried several combinations, and most have worked well. One of our favorites, however, is Cilantro-Lime Rice, which is really easy and quick to whip up in our Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Rice

 

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We first came across this dish at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and I tried a few different ways of making it at home. Making rice on the stove top requires quite a bit of babysitting…and just being honest, I tend to do far too many things at once to watch rice cook.

It turns out pretty well when I bake it, but I rarely want to wait an hour for it to be done. I’ve got hungry guys to feed!

In the Instant Pot though…oh, good golly. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it comes out great every time. This wonder of a pressure cooker also intensifies the flavor, which makes this rice truly a thing to behold!

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Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Rice

This recipe really couldn’t be easier! I like to rinse the rice first to remove any residual starch, but it’s an optional step. Just put the rice in a colander or sieve and give it a quick rinse. It just takes a minute or so though, and I’ve found it makes a difference!

Ingredients:

2 cups rice
2 cups water
1 Tbs butter or olive oil
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
2 tsp lime zest (optional, but worth it)
3 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped (can substitute 1 Tbs dried cilantro)
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Cilantro Lime Rice

Directions:

After rinsing the rice, put it in your Instant Pot and cover it with an equal amount of water. (I like to use 2 cups rice and 2 cups water, as I’ve found it tends to work best.) Add the butter OR olive oil (not both), lime juice and zest, and cilantro. Stir to combine.

Put the cover on, lock it in place, and set the vent to “seal.” Program your Instant Pot to Manual (or Pressure Cook) for 5 minutes. Once it beeps to let you know that the cooking time is done, allow it to Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 1o minutes. The display should say “L 00:10”.

Using the small plastic spoon that came with your Instant Pot (you can also use a wooden spoon or something similar), turn the vent to allow steam to escape. (Please keep your face and hands away from the vent!)

Once the steam has escaped and pressure is released, the lid will unlock. Turn and remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork or wooden spoon. Give it a quick taste and add salt and pepper according to your family’s preference.

Cilantro Lime Rice

You can serve Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Rice with just about anything you like! Use it as an easy side for taco night, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, etc. It also goes well with Indian dishes like curry, Butter Chicken, or Tikka Masala!

You can also make fantastic burrito bowls with this yummy rice – just pile on whatever you like. You can even set up a DIY burrito bowl bar and let your family and friends make their own!

Be sure to print this recipe so you’ll have it handy, and feel free to pin it so it’s easy to find. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Rice

Jen
I love adding different flavors to rice to liven it up. I’ve tried several combinations, and most have worked well. One of our favorites, however, is Cilantro-Lime Rice, which is really easy and quick to whip up in our Instant Pot!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Recipes
Servings 4 -6 servings

Equipment

  • Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6qt/1000W, Latest 3rd Generation Technology, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior
  • Compatible with Instant Pot Accessories Set Pressure Cooker Accessoriy Compatible with Instant Pot 5,6,8 QT or Other Electric Pressure Cookers 12pcs
  • 3 in 1 magnetic cheat sheet for instant pot cooking 45 common food memorandum

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbs butter or olive oil
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp lime zest optional, but worth it
  • 3 Tbs fresh cilantro chopped (can substitute 1 Tbs dried cilantro)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • After rinsing the rice, put it in your Instant Pot and cover it with an equal amount of water. (I like to use 2 cups rice and 2 cups water, as I've found it tends to work best.) Add the butter OR olive oil (not both), lime juice and zest, and cilantro. Stir to combine.
  • Put the cover on, lock it in place, and set the vent to "seal." Program your Instant Pot to Manual (or Pressure Cook) for 5 minutes. Once it beeps to let you know that the cooking time is done, allow it to Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 1o minutes. The display should say "L 00:10".
  • Using the small plastic spoon that came with your Instant Pot (you can also use a wooden spoon or something similar), turn the vent to allow steam to escape. (Please keep your face and hands away from the vent!)
  • Once the steam has escaped and pressure is released, the lid will unlock. Turn and remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork or wooden spoon. Give it a quick taste and add salt and pepper according to your family's preference.

Notes

Cook time includes 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release (NPR).
Keyword Cilantro Lime Rice, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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