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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice - Chipotle Copycat

A flavorful side dish that is so quick and easy to make!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 185kcal


  • 2 cups (500g) rice rinsed and drained
  • 2 ¾ cups (650ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil optional
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup (50g) chopped cilantro leaves


  • Add the water, oil (if using), lime juice, lime zest and salt to the Instant Pot insert, followed by the rice. Mix together well.
  • Close the Instant Pot and seal, select the pressure cook (or manual) button, select high pressure, and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  • When done let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes before quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.
  • Fluff the rice, add the chopped cilantro, and let stand for another 5 minutes before serving.


  • Make sure to rinse the rice until it runs clear and drain well before cooking.
  • Fluff and let the rice sit for a few minutes before before serving.
  • Cook with broth - use broth instead of water for extra flavor.
  • Add fragrant spices - add spices such as cumin or cinnamon sticks when cooking.
  • Add lemon - a squeeze of lemon juice and some zest is a great addition to the lime.
  • Add heat - some red pepper flakes or cayenne powder is an easy way to add heat.
  • Use any variety of long grain rice you have on hand.
  • Storage - store in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
  • There are 6 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg