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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Copycat)
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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice- Step up your rice game with this Chipotle copycat extra flavorful side dish. Long grain white rice gets an extra punch of flavor from fresh lime juice, lime zest and cilantro. Perfect for serving with steak, chicken, fish, pork or your favorite Mexican and Asian dishes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 171kcal


  • 2 cups uncooked Long Grain White Rice rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • Zest of one lime
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice more or less to taste


  • Place rice and water in Instant Pot. Place lid on pot and lock. Set vent to SEALING. Select MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK and set to 3 minutes on HIGH PRESSURE. Allow rice to NATURALLY PRESSURE RELEASE (will take approx. 15-20 mins to release naturally).
  • Fluff rice with fork (or the rice paddle that came with Instant Pot). Stir in lime zest, cilantro and salt. Add lime juice ( start with a small amount and adjust to meet your tastes). Serve warm.


Cooking tips:
I like to rub a very small amount of coconut oil in the bottom and about half way up the sides of the Instant Pot prior to adding the rice and water into the pot. This helps to make sure rice doesn't stick to the pot while cooking.
You'll want to turn off the "keep warm" function for this recipe (if your Instant Pot model has it). After the cooking cycle is complete you're going to let the Instant Pot do a natural release but in the event that you are not there to remove the lid right when the pressure is finished releasing, you don't want the rice to continue to heat and potentially burn.


Serving: 1serving (3/4 cup cooked rice) | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.6g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 293.1mg | Potassium: 3.5mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 0.2g