Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

This is a quick, easy, and versatile recipe that works wonderfully with Asian flavors (particularly Vietnamese and Thai), but also with Mexican flavors for burritos, and rice bowls. That extra hit of cilantro and lime really punches up the flavor of your rice and helps you recreate that Chipotle burrito at home. The Instant Pot makes quick and perfect rice every time for me. I hope it works well for you too!

Notes and Suggestions:

Obviously, this recipe uses an Instant Pot to make the rice. You can simple follow the directions on your rice and make it on the stovetop if you don’t have an Instant Pot. I used dried cilantro because I’m more likely to have it in my house. If you have fresh, obviously that is going to taste better. If you use fresh, you’ll want to add more than the recipe calls for for dried. One of these days, I’m going to plant a small herb garden and at least some of the year I’ll have easy access to basil and cilantro! I use jasmine rice because I like the stickiness and flavor. You may choose to use a different type of rice, but you may want to alter the timing on your Instant Pot. I do not rinse the rice. I know some recipes call for that, but I find it washes away some of the flavor.

First, add the water and rice to the Instant Pot and stir. The water will get a bit cloudy.

Lock the top, close the vent, and push the “Rice” button. That’s it! The Instant Pot does all the rest of the work for you.

Stir in the lime zest, lim juice, salt, and cilantro. Serve warm. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to one week and reheat for burritos or rice bowls.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Recipe by greatestfeastsCourse: DinnerCuisine: Asian, MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Perfect for burritos, rice bowls, or with Vietnamese or Thai dishes


  • 3 cups Water

  • 1 1/2 cup Jasmine Rice

  • Zest and juice of 1 Lime

  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

  • 1 TBSP Dried Cilantro OR 3 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro


  • Add water and rice to Instant Pot and stir. Lock the lid, close the vent and use the “Rice” setting.
  • When cooking is completed, manually vent. If you allow to naturally vent, the rice will become soggy.
  • Add salt, lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro and stir.
  • Serve immediately.


  • You may store in the refrigerator and reheat the rice as needed.

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