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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice {Vegan, Vegetarian}

Make this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice for a fast side dish that the whole family will love! Made in a flash in a pressure cooker, this copycat Chipotle rice is great for meal prep and pairs well with so many dishes. No pressure cooker? You’ll also find stovetop instructions in the recipe.

a white bowl of Instant Pot cilantro rice on a wooden board

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Bright and flavorful, this copycat Chipotle rice will be added to your “must keep” collection of recipes. It’s easy to personalize to your family’s tastes and it’s so good in tons of dishes.

For this recipe, I used Jasmine Rice. You can also use jasmine rice for our popular Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Rice, and Instant Pot Coconut Rice.

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners

This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice is perfect with dishes like Instant Pot Teriyaki BeefAir Fryer Tofu, Sheet Pan Pork Fajitas, Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos, or Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas. Or use it as the base for making your favorite burrito bowl.

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot?

Depending on how you like your rice, 4-6 minutes works best. If you like firmer rice, 4 minutes is perfect. Want something a little softer, then 6 minutes is your best bet. I find 5 minutes makes the perfect texture every single time.

A 10-minute natural release produces the best results, but I’ll be honest that most of the time I do a quick release and still love the rice. No matter how long you cook it, and how much rice you make, keep a 1:1 ratio of rice to liquid. For every 1 cup of rice you use, you’ll need 1 cup of broth or water.

4 photos showing how to make copycat chipotle rice in an Instant Pot

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You can easily adjust the flavor to your preference. Love lime and cilantro? Feel free to add more to taste.
  • You can find instructions for the “pot in pot” method in this post on Instant Pot Rice. Pot in pot means you cook the rice in a bowl inside the Instant Pot. I find it is easier to clean using this method, and you can put the bowl on a hot pad on the table so everyone can serve themselves.
  • Cook time will remain the same no matter how much rice you make.
  • Each cup of uncooked rice will yield three cups of cooked rice.
  • Do not use the cup markings on the inside of the Instant Pot to measure your dry rice or water. Use a dry ingredient cup for the rice and a liquid measuring cup for the water/broth.
  • For Instant Pot Jasmine brown rice, you’ll need to add an extra 1/8 cup of water/broth and cook for 17 minutes with a 10-minute natural release.
  • I love using broth/stock in place of water. Check out these posts on How to Make Chicken Bone BrothTurkey Bone Broth, and Where to Buy Bone Broth for inspiration.
  • Make sure to turn the Instant Pot off once it has finished cooking. This will prevent the rice from scorching while you wait for the pot to depressurize.
  • Freeze leftovers in reusable silicone freezer bags for fast sides as part of your meal prep.
  • Learn how to freeze garlic to make the prep for this even faster!

a white bowl of cilantro rice on a wooden board

MORE GREAT INSTANT POT RECIPES

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Pressurizing/Depressurizing17 mins
Total Time24 mins
Cilantro Lime Rice in the Instant Pot is a fast and delicious side dish that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups jasmine rice {uncooked} {rinsed}
  • 2 cups water {or broth}
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime zest {~1 small lime}
  • 2 cloves garlic {finely minced}
  • 1/3 cup cilantro {roughly chopped}

Instructions

  • Rinse uncooked rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cool water until the water runs clear.
  • In the insert of the Instant Pot, add rice, water (or broth), salt, olive oil, lime zest, and minced garlic. Stir.
  • Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”.
  • Press Manual>High Pressure>5 minutes. It will take 5-8 minutes to get up to pressure.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, the Instant Pot will beep. Press the "keep warm/off" button to turn it to off.
  • Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then flip the switch to "venting" to remove any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully open the lid, add the cilantro, and fluff the rice with a fork or rice scoop.
  • If desired, add lime juice or more lime zest to taste.

Notes

Stovetop: combine all ingredients except cilantro in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to low, and cook for 15 minutes with the lid on. Add cilantro and fluff with a fork.
 
For Instant Pot Jasmine brown rice, you’ll need to add an extra 1/8 cup of water/broth and cook for 17 minutes with a 10-minute natural release.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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