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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice {Vegan, Vegetarian}

Cilantro Lime Rice in the Instant Pot is a fast and delicious side dish that the whole family will love.
a white bowl of Instant Pot cilantro rice on a wooden board
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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. 

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 Sushi Rice, Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Rice, Instant Pot Basmati Rice, Instant Pot Mexican Rice, Instant Pot Brown Jasmine 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 Air Fryer Fish Tacos, Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos, Air Fryer Mahi Mahi, 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 in a homemade Baked Tortilla Bowl topped with Mango Pico de Gallo.

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.
  • Cook time will remain the same no matter how much rice you make.
  • 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.

a white bowl of cilantro rice on a wooden board


a white bowl of Instant Pot cilantro rice on a wooden board
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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

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


  • 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}


  • 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.


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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2 comments on “Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice {Vegan, Vegetarian}”

  1. We love this recipe, makes taco night even easier and so much tastier and my 2 year old will eat it even with green stuff in it, there is no higher compliment in this house!5 stars

    • Nothing makes me happier than when littles eat food with green stuff in it! I’m thrilled you all enjoy this one.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.