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Cilantro Rice

4 Servings

30 minutes

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This colorful side dish can be turned into a light main by topping it with fried eggs. To keep the flavor and color of cilantro fresh and bright, we blend the herb with a few aromatics until smooth, then mix the puree into the rice after the grains are cooked.




Don't fluff the rice immediately after cooking. Covering the pan with a towel and allowing the rice to rest for 5 minutes prevents the grains from turning mushy when the cilantro puree is folded in.

30 minutes



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Nina K.
November 24, 2023
This is my third time making this recipe. The mixture of cilantro, lime, salt, rice. SO GOOD.
Dennis D.
October 24, 2023
Nice take on when to add the green sauce!
I have made a very similar recipe that adds in the blended greens during the cooking of the rice. Wow! It comes out so much better to add them after rest and fluffing! Great approach!
Eileen F.
August 8, 2023
So yummy!!
The instructions were perfect - resting the rice with a towel is a great suggestion.
Stephen N.
June 27, 2023
Big hit in the summer with ginger lime chicken.
Elizabeth G.
April 7, 2023
Also makes a great dip!
I have made this recipe without adding it to rice as it makes a great dip for pita or raw veggies!
Michele R.

Foolproof in multiple times of preparing this per recipe. We find we prefer to dial down the garlic by one clove and up the lime juice by a little. Not only delicious, this also holds unexpectedly well if you have leftovers to heat in the microwave (we seldom use ours but heating leftover rice is a good use for it) and use the next day. (For microwave heating, you'll probably want to add a tablespoon'ish of water stirred into the rice, cover the dish with a lightly damp paper towel and it will only take a few seconds.)

John M.

Excellent, and so easy to prepare. One of my favorite rice recipes now. Thanks again J. M. & Milk Street!