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Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice

by Capri Lilly

Make delicious, fluffy cilantro-lime coconut rice with this easy 6-ingredient recipe! It’s the perfect way to elevate plain white rice and ready in under 30 minutes! (This recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan.)

Good Food Baddie Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice Gluten Free Vegan

Cilantro-lime coconut rice is so versatile and can be paired with almost any dish! I make a large batch of this rice at least once a week and enjoy it as a healthy meal prep option. It is my absolute fav!

This Cilantro-lime Coconut Rice is

  • Super fluffy and lightly sweetened, thanks to the coconut milk
  • Zesty, due to the lime
  • Herbaceous, thanks to the cilantro
ingredients to make coconut cilantro lime rice: cilantro, coconut milk, water, lime juice, shredded coconut, rice

What You Need To Make The Best Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice

  • Canned Coconut Milk: Make sure to use full (or reduced-fat) canned coconut milk, not coconut cream.
  • Water: Most recipes use coconut milk only, but I think the texture of the rice turns out better with a mix of coconut milk AND water.
  • Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice: The lime gives the rice a wonderful zesty flavor. Add lime zest as well for even more flavor.
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut: The shredded coconut gives the coconut rice even more delicious coconut flavor. Plus, it blends in perfectly with the rice and does not impact the texture of the dish at all. The shredded coconut is completely optional, but highly recommended.
  • Cilantro: The cilantro is mixed in after the rice cooks. It balances the tartness from the lime juice and sweetness from the coconut perfectly.
  • Rice: You can use long grain white rice, jasmine rice, or basmati rice for this recipe. You can use brown rice as well, but may need to add more water during the cooking process.
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How To Make Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice

  1. Rinse the rice with water until the water runs clear. This is a necessary step and helps to make fluffy rice.
  2. Mix the rice, water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, and salt in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  3. Remove the rice from the heat. Stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro. Enjoy
Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice in a large bowl served with lime wedges

What To Serve With Coconut Cilantro-Lime Rice?

Fluffy Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice

I hope you enjoy this Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice Recipe! 

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Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice

Make delicious, fluffy cilantro-lime coconut rice with this easy 6-ingredient recipe! It's the perfect way to elevate plain white rice and ready in under 30 minutes! (This recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan.)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: cilantro lime, coconut rice, gluten-free, rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Long Grain White Rice (or jasmine or basmati rice)
  • 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk (full-fat or lite)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Shredded coconut flakes, optional
  • 1 Lime, zested and juiced (about 1-2 tbsp lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup Finely chopped cilantro leaves (coriander)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice with water until the water runs clear. This is a necessary step and helps to make fluffy rice.
  • Mix the rice, water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, and salt in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • Remove the rice from the heat. Stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

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