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Cilantro Lime Rice in Rice Cooker

by Dana Bean, RD
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If you’ve made plain rice in the rice cooker or instant pot, this Cilantro Lime Rice in Rice Cooker just takes a couple extra ingredients to elevate your grain with so much flavor!

Cilantro Lime Rice in Rice Cooker

Simple, zesty cilantro lime rice with black beans
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: dinner, Side Dish
Keyword: rice


  • Rice Cooker OR Instant Pot Stovetop pot can also be used to make rice base


  • 1.5 cups rice, uncooked white or brown
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 14.5 oz
  • salt to taste


  • Rinse uncooked rice in mesh colander and follow instructions on package to cook in rice cooker or instant pot (see note 2).
  • After rice is cooked, add cilantro, lime juice, black beans and salt. Mix. Top with extra cilantro.


1) I used short grain brown rice, which tends to be my favorite for leftovers as it retains more water. 
2)The amount of water needed may vary depending on rice type and cooking method. For example when I use short grain brown rice in the rice cooker I do a 2:1 water to rice ratio, while when cooking it in the instant pot I do closer to 1:1. 

1, 2, and Done!

This recipe is just 2 steps. It just takes some regular rice cooking and addition of cilantro, lime juice, black beans, and salt to really take your rice to the next level.

cilantro lime rice in rice cooker recipe

Why I Use Short Grain Brown Rice

Short answer is, because I like it! What rice should you use? Short answer, the one you like.

I like the smaller grain since it keeps more moisture and makes leftovers more enjoyable than a longer grain IMO. I also enjoy that the texture has a bit more structure than white rice. Brown rice does have more fiber, though it probably won’t make a huge difference on its own in your daily intake, especially if you have other fiber sources in the meal. If you enjoy white rice better, go ahead and use that instead! It’s ok to eat grains that are not whole grains FYI.

What to Pair with Cilantro Lime Rice in Rice Cooker

As a grain that contains a protein source, this cilantro lime rice is on it’s way to becoming a meal. Here are a few ideas for how to complete it:

  • Use it as a base of a burrito bowl (add lettuce, tomato, avocado, meat or added beans, cheese, etc…)
  • Use it in a taco (add shredded chicken or beef, add toppings)
  • Use it in a lettuce wrap (again consider adding another protein source if desired)
  • Use it as a side to another dish
  • Add it to a taco salad

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