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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

A perfect side dish or base of any Buddha Bowl.

Course Side Dish
Keyword Brown Rice, Chipotle, Cilantro, Lime
Author Kate (cookieandkate.com)


  • 1-½ cups long-grain brown rice or brown basmati rice, rinsed
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice (from about 1 lime)
  • 1-½ teaspoon lemon juice (from 1 small lemon
  • 1-½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • optional: for extra protein, stir one can of well-rinsed black beans (or 1-½ cups cooked black beans) into the rice after cooking.


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Pour in the rinsed rice and drop in the bay leaf. Give the mixture a brief stir and let it boil for 30 minutes, reducing the heat if necessary to prevent overflow.

  2. Drain the rice, return it to the pot, cover, and let it rest for 10 minutes off the heat. Discard the bay leaf and fluff the rice with a fork.

  3. Add the cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt if necessary. Cover until you're ready to serve.

  4. Leftover rice will keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days.

    Cilantro Lime Brown Rice makes a perfect side dish to any main