Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is an easy and delicious side dish that goes well with just about every meal! Perfectly cooked rice with tangy lime and cilantro flavor. Enjoy this side dish with chicken, beef, fish, or even in a burrito bowl. Give your rice a kick with this easy recipe.

a large serving of cilantro lime rice in in a bowl

If you’re looking for an easy and tasty Instant Pot side, then look no further. This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is ready in no time and makes the perfect pair to just about any dish.

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Easy Cilantro Lime Rice

You know I love easy and this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe takes the cake when it comes to easy! The electric pressure cooker has allowed most people to easily make perfectly cooked rice. I suck at making rice on the stove so, for me, it’s been a game-changer!

a bowl of cilantro lime rice sitting on a wood countertop with limes and cilantro in the background

It’s super easy to make cilantro lime rice in an electric pressure cooker. You just need a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time. You’ll make a delicious side dish that everyone will love! Plus, you can skip the trip to Chipotle since now you’ll be making your own delicious Cilantro Lime Rice!

How Do You Make Cilantro Lime Rice?

It takes very little prep to make this delicious and easy side dish. All you have to do is chop a little cilantro, zest and squeeze a few limes, mince some garlic and you’re ready to go. You’ll also need some oil, water, salt, and rice. I like to make my Cilantro Lime Rice with Jasmine rice, but you can use your favorite long grain rice.

overhead shot of a cilantro lime rice in a bowl

You will first sauté the rice in the oil for a few minutes using the sauté feature. You will also add some minced garlic while sautéing. After sautéing, you will add the water and salt and cook the rice under pressure.

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Once the short cooking time is done and the pot has done a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release), you will release the remaining pressure manually. When the pin drops, you can open the pot and you will then add the cilantro and lime. That’s it!

Make sure to fluff the rice with a fork when it’s first done so you don’t end up with mushy rice. Nobody likes mushy rice.

What Goes Well With Cilantro Lime Rice?

I think an easier question would be what doesn’t go well with Cilantro Lime Rice?! But seriously, it does have a Hispanic flair because of the lime and cilantro so it would be perfect with any Mexican or Hispanic food. Think tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, carnitas, and so much more!

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

But you don’t have to limit yourself to Hispanic recipes. Cilantro Lime Rice goes great with steak, chicken, fish, pork chops, and really just about anything else you can think of.

So treat yourself to something better than plain rice! Make Cilantro Lime Rice and add a special side to any meal.

overhead shot of lime and cilantro with a bowl of cilantro lime rice

I know you’ll love this easy and refreshing Cilantro Lime Rice recipe! Making it in the pressure cooker is so simple and convenient. When you try it, I’d love to hear about it in the comments when you do. And for another delicious and refreshing rice recipe, try my Instant Pot Salsa Rice.

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For a list of all the pressure cooker rice recipes on this blog, make sure to check out my Instant Pot Rice Recipes post. And, if you’re just looking to make plain white rice or brown rice in your pressure cooker, make sure to go to my Instant Pot Jasmine Rice and Instant Pot Brown Rice recipes.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice


5 from 8 votes
Cooking Method(s)
  • Pressure Cooking
Pressure LevelHigh
Program SettingManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time
28 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Liven up your meal with this fresh and festive side dish. Cilantro lime rice complements any Mexican inspired dish and is perfect served on burritos, tacos, and with bowls, and salads.
a large serving of cilantro lime rice in in a bowl

Essential Equipment

  • instant pot



cookingThe Rice

  • Rinse the rice under cool water until the water runs clear. Set aside to air dry.
  • Sauté Rice: Set the Instant Pot to ‘Sauté’ and, using the ‘Adjust’ button, adjust the heat level to ‘More’. Once the display reads ‘Hot’, add the oil to the pot and allow it to heat up. Add the rice to the pot and toss until it is fully coated in the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until some of the grains begin to brown, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add Garlic: Add the minced garlic to the rice and cook for another minute to allow the garlic’s flavor and aroma to be released.
  • Cancel Sauté: Cancel out of the Sauté function.
  • Add Water and Salt: Now add the water to the pot and sprinkle the salt over the rice. Give everything a quick stir.
  • 3-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’, and set the pot to cook on ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, ‘High Pressure’ for 3 minutes.
  • 10-Minute NPR: Once the 3-minute cooking time has completed, allow for a 10-minute natural pressure release. Release any remaining pressure once the 10-minute NPR has completed.
  • Fluff Rice: Once the remaining pressure has been released and the pin has dropped, open the Instant Pot and, using a fork, fluff the rice.

to addAfter Cooking

  • Prep Remaining Ingredients: Rinse, dry, and chop the cilantro. Squeeze 3 tablespoons of juice from the limes. Zest one lime until you have ⅛ teaspoon of lime zest.
  • Add Zest, Lime Juice, and Cilantro: Add the lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro to the pot and toss into the rice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    I can’t believe that it took SO LONG to find a recipe for cilantro lime rice that uses oil in the rice. Thank you so much.

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